The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits) will be closed on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Bring your students to the historic theatre and experience the excitement of a live performance.

Ford’s Theatre offers weekday student matinees, post-show discussions and tailored lessons to complement your curriculum. Our theatrical productions inspire audiences to become compassionate leaders in their own communities, empowering them to live out Lincoln’s principles and explore the American experience.

A limited number of free tickets are available to D.C. public schools, Title I schools, and schools that have 40 percent or more students eligible for FARMs. Schools located within the Capital Beltway may also qualify for free bus transportation. 


If you are outside of the Washington, D.C., area and interested in bringing students to a performance, you can reserve tickets through our Group Sales Office

Teacher Preview and Workshop

Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance and workshop to Washington-area teachers before they bring their students. You will begin the evening with a complimentary dinner and networking with other teachers. Priority is given to teachers who are bringing their students to student matinee performances. Attendance is required by teachers receiving free student matinee tickets.

Upcoming Student Matinees

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Thursday, February 16, 2017, at noon

Edward Albee’s masterpiece uses one couple’s marriage to dissect the American dream, exploring ideas of truth, illusion, love and suffering. Recommended for ages 17 and up.


Fridays, March 17 and 24, and May 19, 2017, at noon

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, this epic musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Last season, Ford’s Theatre Society provided free or low-cost tickets to 1,516 local students and community members.

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Photo of the cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Gary Erskine.