Site Closed

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service closed the historic site starting March 14. That closure currently extends through May 17. Our production of “Guys and Dolls” has been postponed to spring 2021.

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Latest News and Press Releases

All Ford's Theatre Programming Canceled Through May 17, 2020

All "Guys and Dolls" Performances Canceled & Production Rescheduled for Spring 2021; Historic Site Closed; Streamable, Live, Interactive and Distance-Learning Resources Available for Educators, Caregivers and Individuals

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society is further altering its programming schedule through May 17, 2020. All performances of "Guys and Dolls" have been canceled and the production will be rescheduled for spring 2021, with dates to be announced. Special thanks to "Guys and Dolls" sponsors Lead Sponsor: ConocoPhillips and Underwriters: Altria Group, General Motors Company and KPMG LLP. The musical "Man of La Mancha," originally announced as the spring 2021 production, will be postponed to a future season. Patrons with tickets to "Guys and Dolls" performances should visit the Ford’s Theatre website ( to see their options for receiving account credit, donating the value of their tickets to Ford’s Theatre Society or receiving a refund. The National Park Service has closed the Ford’s Theatre historic site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House). The Society’s Aftermath Exhibits are closed. The Society’s History on Foot walking tours and performances of "One Destiny" scheduled through May 17 have also been canceled. All Guided Tours of Ford’s Theatre are canceled through May 17.

Ford's Theatre Programming Update in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Historic Site Is Closed; "Guys and Dolls" Performances Canceled March 13-April 4; Lincoln Symposium Canceled; No Guided Tours nor "History on Foot" Walking Tours

Washington, D.C. – Out of an abundance of caution and to follow DC Health’s recommendations, Ford’s Theatre Society is altering its programming schedule through April 4. Ford’s Theatre Society is staying abreast of the evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and following advice from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The latest Ford’s Theatre updates will be posted on and main box office phoneline (202) 638-2941.


Programs Help Educators Understand and Teach Civil War and Reconstruction

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society announced that applications will now be accepted for their two summer 2020 teacher institutes: The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington and Set in Stone: Civil War Memory, Monuments and Myths. Civil War Washington and Set in Stone are week-long professional development programs for K-12 educators offered by Ford’s Theatre education staff in collaboration with the National Park Service. Registration is free for residential commuters (residents of Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, and/or those who do not require housing) and $500 for national participants, which includes a shared room for 6 nights at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and roundtrip airfare. Applications are due by March 31, 2020.

Ten Schools Selected to Participate in the Lincoln Online Oratory Project, A National Initiative from Ford’s Theatre

Program Cultivates Deeper Appreciation for Lincoln’s Leadership

Washington, D.C. – Ten schools from 10 states were selected to participate in the 2020 Lincoln Online Oratory Project (LOOP), a national initiative from Ford’s Theatre. The Lincoln Online Oratory Project is designed to help educators introduce Abraham Lincoln’s leadership and the fundamentals of public speaking into their classroom and provides an opportunity for students to put these skills into practice. Schools Selected from California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin.


Special Exhibition on Display March 2-August 2020

Washington, D.C.— Ford's Theatre presents the exhibition "Searching for Truth in the Garden: Gonzaga's History with Slavery"on the second floor of the Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW) from March 2 through August 2020. The installation is the culmination of extensive research completed by six students from Gonzaga College High School, a Jesuit high school in Washington, D.C. Their research, which took place during the summers of 2017 and 2018 at the Georgetown University Library, showed that profits from slave plantations went into the building and construction of Georgetown's Washington Seminary, which was founded in 1821 and later renamed Gonzaga College. They also found reference to the names of five enslaved individuals in Washington Seminary accounting books.


Pre-Sale and On-Sale in May and August 2020

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the Ford’s Theatre 2020-2021 season will include: Horton Foote’s "The Trip to Bountiful," directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Nancy Robinette; the D.C.-premiere of a new play based on the real-life friendship of contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein titled "My Lord, What a Night," written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Sheldon Epps; the musical "Man of La Mancha," featuring Kevin McAllister and directed by Stephen Rayne; and "A Christmas Carol" featuring Craig Wallace in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the fifth year.

Ford's Theatre Education Presents the Twelfth Annual Lincoln Oratory Festival February 4 and 5, 2020

400 Local Students Honor President Lincoln's Birthday by Performing Historic Speeches

Washington, D.C. – More than 400 local elementary and middle-school students will perform a selection of President Abraham Lincoln’s speeches on the Ford’s Theatre stage on the mornings of February 4 and 5, 2020. The programs feature local students who have worked with Ford’s Theatre Teaching Artists this school year to expand vocabulary, develop students’ confidence and public-speaking skills and build a comprehensive understanding of the oration of Abraham Lincoln.

Ford’s Theatre Education Announces National Oratory Fellows for 2019-2020 School Year

Teachers Represent 17 States Program Fosters Student Empathy and Inspires Civic Engagement

The Ford’s Theatre Education team announced the 2019-2020 cohort of 37 National Oratory Fellows, who were selected after a competitive application process. The Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program, started in 2011, helps teachers integrate oratorical skills and strategies, from performance to speechwriting, into their curricula. Through oratory, students develop speaking, writing and leadership skills, in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of great American orators including Abraham Lincoln.