Relax with a night of theatre in the nation's capital! With visiting, international performances to see at the National Theatre, you will delight in this night out on the town.

The National Theatre, located near the White House and National Mall in Washington, D.C., hosts touring and visiting shows. With its Broadway-style stage, there are a wide variety of productions that the theatre hosts, from concerts to plays to dance. This February, two performances will take center stage in this 200-year-old theatre.

Ticketed Events

The King's Speech | February 11–16

Those who enjoyed the film starring Colin Firth will thoroughly appreciate the staged production that inspired the movie. The King's Speech focuses on the transition of British monarchial power from King Edward to his younger brother King George after the former's abdication. You learn how King George overcomes his speech impediments and guides the United Kingdom through World War II. The King's Speech's week at the National Theatre marks this production's U.S. debut. 

Swan Lake | February 21–23

There is no more quintessential ballet than Swan Lake. Prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova stars in Swan Lake with the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT). This production marks SPBT's debut season in the U.S., and also marks a much-anticipated American debut for Kolesnikova. Delight in the wonder, beauty, and mysticism of Swan Lake as the stunning and talented dancers take the stage and lead the audience into the beautiful world of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Free Ticketed Events

For those who truly wish to get the most out of their theatrical experiences, the National Theatre offers free performances in conjunction with the ticketed performances. Although these performances are free, you still need to reserve a ticket in advance.

The Queen's Speech | Saturday, February 15

Those visiting the National Theatre for The King's Speech can also attend The Queen's Speech and learn about one of England's most famous queens: Queen Elizabeth I. Learn about the Elizabethan language, manners, and even some comical Shakespearean insults that dominated 16th- and 17th-century England. Some of Queen Elizabeth's most famous speeches will also be recited. There will be two performances on Saturday, February 15.

Virginia Ballet Company and School | Saturday, February 29

If you enjoyed Swan Lake and want to see more dance, attend the Virginia Balley Company and School showcase. Not only will Virginia Ballet showcase classical ballet, but they will light up the stage with flamenco, Russian folk dancing, and even an excerpt of their production of Cinderella. There will be two performances on Saturday, February 29.

Do you plan to attend one of these performances? Tell us about your experience at the National Theatre in the comments!