The National Theatre
Washington, DC

The National Theatre, the historic “Theatre of the Presidents,” first opened its doors in 1835. The present building, opened in 1885, was saved from demolition and renovated in the 1980s in the Pennsylvania Avenue redevelopment. Since then most productions have been Broadway tours, and until recently the theater has been underused. Since 2014, Nextstage Design has been working with the National Theatre leadership to make the theater more flexible and attractive for a variety of uses, while improving safety and patron amenities. Work on ongoing.

Institution
National Theatre Corporation

Construction Type
Renovation

Square Feet
93,000

Cost
TBD

Completion
TBD

Users
Touring Broadway
Other booked-in shows
Children’s programming
Rentals

Spaces
1,700-seat Broadway theater

Photo: © Fleischman-Hillard