News: Ford’s and Kennedy Center Shows to Go On During Federal Shutdown

DC’s two major federally funded theater venues have both announced that performances will be uninterrupted by the federal shutdown.

According to the website of Ford’s Theatre, where A Christmas Carol is playing,

During the government shutdown, performances of “A Christmas Carol” will go on as scheduled. The Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will be open for daytime visitation. The historic site (theatre, museum, Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visitation.

And according to the website of Kennedy Center, where Miss Saigon and The Play That Goes Wrong are now playing:

In the case of a government shutdown, all performances will go on as scheduled, but the Kennedy Center’s public hours will be curtailed:

On days when there are only evening performances, the building will open to the public at 5 p.m.

On days with daytime performances, the building’s opening time will be determined by the performance schedule. Check the home page daily for opening times.

The Kennedy Center Box Office and Gift Shops will remain open for regular hours Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday, noon–9 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, the Box Office will be open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and the Gift Shops will close at 4:30 p.m.
On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, the building will open at 11:30 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., however, the Gift Shops will be closed and the Box Office will close at 6 p.m.

The Kennedy Center Shuttle Buses from the Metro will continue to operate on regular or holiday schedules.

[Read David Gerson’s review of Miss Saigon.]