The National Theatre is a 501.c.3.not-for-profit organization
The Theatre Today
Operations and Management
In 1974, The National Theatre evolved from a commercial business into a not-for-profit organization, operated by a board of trustees, and managed for the corporation by The Shubert Organization. The theatre presents Class-A Legitimate touring productions of Broadway shows.
The Helen Hayes Gallery
The Corporate Lounge
This pleasant room with a bar on the fourth floor is adjacent to the Balcony. Patrons sitting at this level enjoy intermission refreshments here. The space can accommodate up to 60 people for a stand-up reception, about 30 people for a seated meal, and about 40 people for a seated meeting.
The auditorium dates to the 1920's, when the roof of another theatre collapsed after a heavy snowstorm. New building codes prompted this theatre and others to replace their roof beams with steel and concurrently undertake other renovations.
The National's Mezzanine and Balcony seats are sharply raked, providing excellent views of the stage. The seats, installed in 2002, are upholstered in a melon shade similar to that of the dining room at Mount Vernon. Auditorium walls, with velvet panels at the Orchestra level, are in shades of teal blue, as is carpet throughout the theatre. Other public area walls and woodwork are in various shades of melon, lemon and white. Velvet drapes and Austrian shades are in coordinate colors. The peach-colored main stage curtain was designed by Mr. Smith and specially woven in heavy peach satin brocade for the theatre. A large carved eagle atop the proscenium is gilded, as is the proscenium arch and details of the angled coffered ceiling above it. Framed antique newspaper prints of Washington landmarks, as well as classical crystal chandeliers and sconces and richly upholstered furniture, complete the elegant ambiance throughout the building.