The National Theatre
Washington, DC

Nextstage Design has been engaged in a capital needs study of the National Theatre, the historic “Theatre of the Presidents,” which 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. The National Theatre’s leadership and new operating company are planning renovations to make the theater more flexible and attractive for a variety of uses, while improving safety and patron amenities. Work is 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