Christmas isn’t Christmas without “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre

Theatre where Lincoln was shotFord’s Theatre, known by most folks as the theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was shot (and closed after the tragedy) reopened in 1968 as a national historic site and working theatre.

What many people may not know is the theatre continues to operate today – not only as a historical monument, museum and learning center, but also as a popular stage for many outstanding theatrical productions.

In the 2012-2013 theatre season, upcoming productions include Thornton Wilder’s Our Town,  as well as a performance of perennial favorite, Hello Dolly.  Earlier this year, Fly – a play based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen – enjoyed a successful run.

For me, one of the highlights of the Christmas season has for years been the annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  This production has been hailed by the Washington Post as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly” – probably why we enjoy it so much.  And year after year, the performances have been top-rate, always reminding me how much talent is out there – and not all of it is in New York or Hollywood.

What really makes the performance special, though, is sitting in a historic venue, just permeated with so much rich history.  Ford’s Theatre was expanded and renovated in 2009, and then just this year, Ford’s Theatre opened the new Center for Education and Leadership.   Far from just a theatre – although an excellent one – Ford’s Theatre offers folks the opportunity to learn more about political and social issues in the relative context of Lincoln’s legacy.

So, whether you are a visitor to our area or a local resident who hasn’t visited Ford’s Theatre (or hasn’t seen it recently) and if you appreciate history as well as fine entertainment, check out Ford’s Theatre.  You won’t be disappointed.



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