450 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004-2207

The recommended nearby Metro rail stations are:

  • Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter on the Yellow and Green Lines – one and a half blocks south of the theatre, or
  • Gallery Pl-Chinatown on the Red, Yellow and Green Lines – two blocks north of the theatre. Use the MCI Arena exit.

  • Othello
    by William Shakespeare
    directed by Michael Kahn
    8/30/2005 - 10/30/2005
    With poetry rivaling King Lear and with the psychological depth of Hamlet, Othello explores the tragedy of a love destroyed by jealousy. Provoked by the treacherous Iago’s lies, Othello begins to mistrust his loyal bride, letting his suspicions rise until he destroys his once-happy marriage. Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs, with Avery Brooks as Othello and Patrick Page as Iago.

  • The Comedy of Errors
    by William Shakespeare
    directed by Douglas C. Wager
    11/15/2005 - 1/8/2006
    One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors is a farce of mistaken identities, taking place in the course of one whirlwind day. Featuring two sets of twins separated at birth, the play is ripe with slapstick humor and fantastic coincidences. Douglas C. Wager returns for the first time since The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

  • Don Juan
    by Molière
    translated, adapted and directed
    by Stephen Wadsworth
    1/24/2006 - 3/19/2006
    Charismatic, anarchic and wickedly funny, Don Juan trains his piercing intellect on Louis XIV’s France and carves brilliantly into sex, politics, religion and the social contract, while his servant Sganarelle argues passionately for his master’s soul. Stephen Wadsworth makes his Shakespeare Theatre Company debut directing his reconstruction of Molière’s masterpiece.

  • The Persians
    by Aeschylus
    a new version by Ellen McLaughlin
    directed by Ethan McSweeny
    4/4/2006 - 5/21/2006
    One of only seven surviving plays by the “Father of Tragedy,” Aeschylus’ The Persians is a cautionary tale pondering the perils of unbridled pride and overreaching power. Evoking sorrow for the once-powerful Persia, Aeschylus depicts the collapse of an empire felled by greed and arrogance. Former Shakespeare Theatre Associate Director Ethan McSweeny returns to make his directorial debut on the mainstage.

  • Love's Labor's Lost
    by William Shakespeare
    directed by Michael Kahn
    6/6/2006 - 7/30/2006
    With Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shakespeare created a feast of language, rich with rhymed verse, wordplay and witty banter. After renouncing the world’s pleasures for the world of academia, four noblemen find themselves helplessly falling in love. Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs this production, slated to travel to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 2006.

Single Ticket Price Chart

Regular Run
A B C * D *
Tues./Wed./Sun. 7:30 pm
Thurs. 8 pm
$58.00 $51.00 $41.00 $26.00
Fri. 8:00 pm $64.75 $57.75 $47.75 $32.75
Sat./Sun. 2:00 pm $64.75 $57.75 $47.75 $32.75
Sat. 8:00 pm $71.25 $64.25 $54.25 $39.25
Preview Week
A B C * D *

Tues./Wed./Sun. 7:30 pm
8:00 pm

$46.25 $39.25 $29.25 $14.25
Fri. 8:00 pm $53.25 $46.25 $36.25 $21.25
Sat. 2:00 pm $53.25 $46.25 $36.25 $21.25
Sat. 8:00 pm $60.50 $53.50 $43.50 $28.50

* C and D section seats are limited and may be obstructed, please call for availability

Theatre Etiquette

Please silence cellular phones, watch alarms, beepers and pagers before entering the theatre or leave them with house management.

What to Wear to the Theatre

We have no official "dress code" for attending plays at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Our patrons usually dress in business casual attire for non-Opening Night Performances and in formal business attire for Opening Nights. However, we'd rather have a patron come in jeans and a sweatshirt than not come at all out of concern for how they are dressed.

On occasion the theatre can be slightly chilly due to a particular set design's impact on the air flow. Lap blankets are available at the coat check if you get chilly.

Golden Rules of Theatre Etiquette

(This article originally appeared in Stagebill. Reprinted with permission.)

  1. Go easy with the atomizer: many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne.
  2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things.
  3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins.
  4. Make sure cell phones, beepers and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles.
  5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.
  6. Note to love birds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view.
  7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along or beat time with a body part.
  8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag.
  9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous.
  10. The old standby: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.