Actors portraying Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln shake hands and talk while standing in front of a table and two closed windows.
Craig Wallace as Frederick Douglass and David Selby as Abraham Lincoln in the Ford’s Theatre world premiere production of Necessary Sacrifices, directed by Jennifer L. Nelson. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Past Productions

For 50 years, Ford’s Theatre has produced plays and musicals exploring the American experience and celebrating Lincoln’s legacy.

As a premier cultural destination in Washington, D.C., Ford’s Theatre brings politically and socially vital plays to the stage, entertaining both locals and out-of-towners with a full season each year from September to May. By commissioning new plays like The Guard as well as Lincoln-based world premieres The Heavens Are Hung In Black and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on American theatre and bringing history to life through the power of theatre. For it’s artistic work, Ford’s Theatre received the National Medal of Arts in 2008, the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists, arts institutions and arts patrons.

Celebrating 50 Years Since Reopening

2023-2024 Season

2022-2023 Season

2021-2022 Season

2020-2021 Season

2019-2020 Season

2018 – 2019 Season

2017 – 2018 Season

2016-2017 Season

2015-2016 Season

2014-2015 Season

2013-2014 Season

2012-2013 Season

2011-2012 Season

2010-2011 Season

2009-2010 Season

2008-2009 Season

2006-2007 Season

2005-2006 Season

Earlier Productions