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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Go inside the historic theatre and learn about the night of the assassination.

On the night of April 14, 1865, actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth sneaked into the Presidential Box and shot President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the theatre looks very much the way it did that fateful night. The President's Box is decorated with an American flag and a portrait of President George Washington, just as it was in 1865.

In the theatre, we offer three types of programming exploring the events of the assassination.

TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
  • A theatre visit takes ~30-45 minutes.
  • The interior of the President’s Box is closed to the public to protect it from damage.
  • The theatre is sometimes unavailable. Check the date and times for tickets that include entry to the theatre.

Virtual Tour of Ford's Theatre

Go on a virtual tour of Ford’s Theatre. See inside the Presidential Box and learn more about the events of April 14, 1865.

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Guys and Dolls

In this beloved 1950s musical comedy, dice-slinging gamblers, pious missionaries and glamorous showgirls come together for a light-hearted romp through New York. It’s a high stakes game of love as brash but charming Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson $1,000 to woo missionary Sarah Brown. Meanwhile, cabaret singer Adelaide tries to convince Nathan, her fiancé of 14 years, to finally tie the knot.