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The 34th Annual Nutcracker
The 34th Annual Nutcracker

Join the Puppet Co. for our 34th annual The Nutcracker! This time honored seasonal celebration includes Tchaikovsky's familiar story of Clara and her prince, with some Puppet Co. nursery rhyme spin.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

The animated classic that kicked off the "Disney Renaissance" in 1991 is even more magical when you experience it live. This Olney Theatre Center production is a sumptuous way to share the fun of live theater with family and friends this holiday season, featuring all your favorite songs like "Be Our Guest" and "Gaston" plus a powerful message that it's a person's actions - not their outward appearance - that truly defines them.

The Christmas Angel
The Christmas Angel

This original musical has now become a holiday classic! Based on a little-known 1910 novel by Abbie Farwell Brown, this tale about a spinster and her heartwarming transformation into the Christmas spirit echo Dickens and the journey of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Our award-winning creative team, Conner and Smith, put their signature stamp on what is sure to become another classic Christmas show!

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a "rich visual and vocal treat" (TheaterMania) and "infectiously jolly" (The Washington Post).

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. Our Helen Hayes Awards-recommended original production of this classic holiday story has become an annual holiday tradition, delighting patrons of all ages.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Adapted and Performed by Paul Morella In a season stuffed with varied versions of the classic yuletide tale, Paul Morella's solo performance stands apart for its devotion to Dickens' original language and storytelling genius. One extraordinary performer brings to life Scrooge and his specters, the whole Cratchett family, and celebrants of Christmases past, present, and future - more than 40 different characters in all. It's why this production is a treasured annual tradition gathering more devotees than ever as it enters its 13th iteration.

The Day You Begin
The Day You Begin

It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet...but somehow you do it. This world premiere commissioned musical is based on one of Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson's most popular picture books.

Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare

You are cordially invited to a meeting of The Drunk Shakespeare Society. In a hidden speakeasy, five classically-trained actors assemble for their sacred ritual. One actor takes five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the remaining sober actors attempt to keep the play on track. Every night is different depending on who's drinking ... and what they're drinking! Drunk Shakespeare is a New York Times' Critics Pick and "the best thing to ever happen to the theater" according to Slate Magazine. Craft cocktails are served throughout the show.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community, but the Queen and King of the Goblins have forbidden the lighting of the candles. Can Hershel save the day and lift the curse for this shtetl (village)? Script by Stephen Laughton. Original book written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

Into the Woods
Into the Woods

A trove of storybook characters' paths intertwine as they chase their deepest desires through an enchanted forest. However, once they receive their happily ever after, the unintended consequences of granted wishes unravel their worlds.

It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life

Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Toby's original adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth and humor of the original. A new holiday classic for subscribers and newcomers alike.

Just For Us
Just For Us

JUST FOR US takes the audience through hilarious anecdotes from Alex Edelman's life - his Olympian brother AJ, an unconventional holiday season, and a gorilla that can do sign language - but at its center is an astonishing and frighteningly relevant story. After a string of anti-Semitic abuse is directed at Edelman online, he decides to covertly attend a gathering of White Nationalists in New York City and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. The result is a hair-raising encounter that gives JUST FOR US its title and final, jaw-dropping moments.

Little Women
Little Women

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Major Barbara
Major Barbara

The arms trade and The Salvation Army collide in Shaw's great play about faith, morality, and family battles. Last seen at WSG in our 2001 Helen Hayes-nominated production, our 2022 production will take a fresh look at this always-timely dissection of power and compassion.

Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when the ON AIR sign is lit. Shakespeare's cherished romantic comedy lands in a cable newsroom, where sparring co-anchors Benedick and Beatrice trade barbs behind the news desk. Helmed by Simon Godwin, "one of the most insightful and sensitive directors of Shakespeare today" (WhatsOnStage), Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect blend of sparkling screwball comedy and revelatory romance.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

A new, high-energy musical to rock the holiday season! When clothing suddenly falls from the sky, Wilbur J. Mole Rat stuns the colony with his decision to get dressed! In a community where baring is caring and skin is in, can Wilbur find the courage to rock to the rhythm of his own electric guitar? Based on Mo Willemís beloved picture book, the show explores what can happen when we have the courage to be ourselves.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker

This celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Set to Tchaikovsky's magical score, this celebrated classic comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes, and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become the signature Nutcracker of the nation's capital.

People, Places, and Things
People, Places, and Things

Emma is an actress. She also has an addiction, and it's trying to kill her. In rehab, but not ready for recovery, Emma just wants to escape-through drugs, through performing, through anything that lets her make her own reality. David Muse directs his first production in the new Victor Shargai Theatre, a theatrical tour-de-force that evokes the vivid and disorienting world of intoxication and lies as Emma decides whether to fight for her recovery and the people, places, and things she'll face there.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
The Pianist of Willesden Lane

After a sold-out run at the Kennedy Center, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek makes her triumphant return in one of the most powerful performances in Theater J's history. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, Jura endures through her music and pursues her dreams. Performed by Jura's real-life daughter, the virtuosic Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling with breathtaking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.

Playing Burton
Playing Burton

Playing Burton is a fascinating one-man show about the storied life of international star of stage and screen, Richard Burton. This play offers a penetrating look at the notorious actor's life-from growing up in an impoverished mining community in South Wales to becoming one of the greatest performers of his generation. Playing Burton is an intense and personal look at his lifelong achievements as an artist, his passionate, yet tempestuous love affair with Elizabeth Taylor, and his tragic, yet public battle with alcoholism. The lyrical, poetic text is a soulful exploration of fame, ambition, and identity told from the perspective of the megastar who experienced it all. Acclaimed actor Brian Mallon (Gods and Generals and Gettysburg), reprises the role of Burton with expertise. In 2005, he performed this play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to great accolades. Mallon also played this role in NYC, LA and Cardiff. His fluency in Welsh provides genuine authenticity, as that was Burton's first language. Don't miss this powerful drama by DC's premier international theatre company.

The Rainmaker
The Rainmaker

Not only is the Curry family farm being paralyzed by a devastating drought, but Lizzie Curry, to the chagrin of her father and brothers, is unmarried with no viable prospects. A charming, confident trickster named Starbuck comes to town and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100, setting off a series of events that enable Lizzie to see herself in a new light.

Shear Madness
Shear Madness

"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Sly's Magic
Sly's Magic

Don't miss Sly's Magic, a full show of comedy and magic featuring our headliner Sly and a troupe of professional magicians! Be prepared to be amazed by the magic and entertained by the jokes, one-liners, and physical comedy throughout the evening. Sly's Magic was voted one of the "Top 10 Things to Do in Northern Virginia" by Northern Virginia Magazine.

Snow Maiden
Snow Maiden

In a frozen silver forest high in the mountains, a lonely man builds a woman from snow. When she mysteriously comes to life, mischief, laughter, and enchantment abound. But what will happen when the ice begins to melt? Told through dazzling movement, dance, and acrobatics, Synetic's magical take on beloved folktale Snegurochka is a story of love, hope, and the power of dreams. "

Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop
Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop
Arts On The Horizon at Theater On The Run

One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop's routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative production captures the magic of making new friends and sharing ideas to accomplish big goals.

The Tempest
The Tempest

Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller fame), an unforgettable reimagining of Shakespeare's most enchanting romance features haunting music from the catalog of iconic songwriter Tom Waits and mind-bending moves from Pilobolus, as well as astonishing feats of magic.

Which Way to the Stage
Which Way to the Stage

Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy eagerly await their idol Idina Menzel after her performance in If/Then at the stage door every night. But when a sexy stranger enters the scene and upends their decades-long friendship, the musical theater aficionados have to go off book to rewrite their own finale.

White Christmas
White Christmas

Based on the beloved 1954 film, this musical adaptation features the music of Irving Berlin and centers around a successful song-and-dance act and a duo of singing sisters. A perfect start to the holiday season, join us for a heartwarming classic full of love and laughter.

Women Playing Hamlet
Women Playing Hamlet

Hamlet's a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Woman Playing Hamlet is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.