Washington D.C.’s Ford's Theatre and The Kennedy Center will remain open for performances, despite the partial government shutdown. Though both theatres receive funding from the U.S. government, they will present performances as planned.
Ford’s Theatre currently hosts a seasonal production of A Christmas Carol, and there will be no changes to the performance schedule. The Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will also be open during usual daytime hours. The theatre—also a museum and historic site—will be closed for visitation during the day, as will its adjoining museum, the Peterson House. Despite the building closures during the day, matinée performances will also go on uninterrupted. For updates, visit Fords.org.
The Kennedy Center currently presents Miss Saigon, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Love, Factually, which will all go on as scheduled. The Kennedy Center building will be closed until 5 PM, when ticket holders will be allowed entry, unless there is an earlier performance. The box office and gift shop will remain open during regular business hours for those wishing to purchase tickets in person, even when the rest of the building is closed. For updates, visit Kennedy-Center.org.
The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors took place December 2. The broadcast of the Honors airs December 26 at 8 PM ET on CBS.