Lifelong National Theatre Fan

Inner Lobby of The National, 1954

I am a Fourth Generation Washingtonian. My great-Uncle built what now is the Warner Theatre; he called it the Earle Theatre.  My grandparents and parents were Theatre Guild subscribers at the National starting in the 1940s. They had fifth row center seats for decades.  In the early 1960s, starting when I was 6 years old, I took my grandmother’s place at shows including Camelot, How to Succeed, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly (with Carol Channing and later with Pearl Bailey), the Man of La Mancha, and many more.  I developed my lifelong love of theatre by going to the National Theatre.  I have been going to shows at the National all my life.

Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey star in Hello Dolly at The National, 1967

–Chris Wolf, Friend of the National Theatre Associate Member