The National Theatre and Surrounding Attractions
National Theatre is the oldest cultural institution in the Nation's
Capital, and one of the oldest continuously operating theatres in
America. This is the oldest theatre in the United States which has
presented Class-A Legitimate Productions (Broadway-level professional
attractions) throughout its history.
The theatre is located AT 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest,
in the heart of downtown Washington looking out over Freedom Plaza
on Pennsylvania Avenue, three blocks east of the White House. Directly
across the Avenue are the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center -- the U.S. government's newest major building (second
in size only to the Pentagon) -- and The District Building, historical
site of the local government.
Nearby you will find shopping, restaurants,
and Metro Center. Next door is the beautiful J.W.
Marriott Hotel, "flagship" of the Marriott hotel chain,
and "The Shops at National Place," a gallery of boutiques
and restaurants. Two blocks away are the elegant Willard
Inter-Continental Hotel, Hotel Washington, and the economical
Harrington. A few blocks away are the Mall, the Washington
Convention Center, the new MCI
Center sports and concert Arena in the Chinatown area, and the
many museums of the Smithsonian
Institution and the Corcoran
Museum of Art.
1676 seats in the orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony, the National
Theatre is Washington's "Broadway-type" theatre. It is
known as an "actor's theatre" because of its excellent
acoustics. Words spoken on the stage can be heard in the balcony
without amplification. Audiences applaud its intimacy: the mezzanine
and balcony are closer to the stage than in modern theatres. Sharply-raked
seating in the upper tiers gives patrons there an excellent view
of the stage. Showboat had its world premiere at the National in
the 1920's. In more recent times the theatre has been host to the
world premieres of West Side Story, M. Butterfly, Crazy for You
and Whistle Down the Wind, the American premiere of Amadeus, and
pre-Broadway showings of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum and Hello, Dolly!, as well as the inauguration of the National
Touring Company of Ragtime.
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