News Release

Washington, D.C. (Monday, September 30, 2019) – Tickets for the National Theatre’s upcoming productions of THE KING’S SPEECH (February 11-16, 2020), BANDSTAND (March 3-8, 2020), ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (April 7-26, 2020), BLUE MAN GROUP (May 8-17, 2020), and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL (July 22 – August 2, 2020) will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 4 at 10 am.

At that time, tickets may be purchased at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre Box Office (open Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance). The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C.


FEBRUARY 11-16, 2020

THE KING’S SPEECH is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggle with a speech impediment and the friendship he formed with his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the Nazi threat looming and civil unrest at home, royal secrets explode around the King as he’s thrust onto the world stage. David Seidler’s original play – which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush – will make its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”
Recommended for ages 13+.

MARCH 3-8, 2020
From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler comes an inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally, feel like they have a place to call home. “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).
Recommended for ages 13+.


APRIL 7-26, 2020
Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now D.C.’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory… to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
Recommended for ages 6+.


MAY 8-17, 2020

At BLUE MAN GROUP, you’ll rock, laugh, and party! As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we’ll discover music, comedy, and surprises at every turn. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre, this phenomenal live show has expanded to additional productions in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and world tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds and returns to D.C. with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments, and spectacle like never before.
Recommended for ages 4+.


JULY 22 – AUGUST 2, 2020
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.  With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
Recommended for ages 13+.

As previously announced, the remainder of the 2019-2020 Broadway at the National season is now on sale and includes JIMMY BUFFETT’S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE (October 8-13, 2019), MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE (October 18-19, 2019), RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR (November 12-17, 2019), JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS (November 21-23, 2019), MANDY PATINKIN IN CONCERT: DIARIES (November 29, 2019), THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS (December 3-8, 2019), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (December 10-15, 2019), JERSEY BOYS (December 17, 2019 – January 5, 2020), and THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY (January 31 – February 1, 2020). Tickets for STING STARRING IN THE LAST SHIP (March 27 – April 5, 2020) will go on sale at a later date to be announced.


The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Nearby metro stops include Metro Center and Federal Triangle. For parking information, please visit

Tickets for THE KING’S SPEECH, BANDSTAND, ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE, AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BLUE MAN GROUP, and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 4 at 10 am. At that time, tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the Box Office (open Monday-Friday from 12 pm-6 pm and two hours prior to every performance).

Groups of 10 or more can save on all the above-mentioned performances. To book, contact the group sales department at or by calling the group sales hotline at 202-753-6867.

Two hours prior to the above-mentioned performances’ showtimes, individuals may submit their names in person to be drawn to purchase up to two tickets at $25 per ticket (inclusive of all fees). Twenty lottery seats will be available for purchase for each of the above-mentioned performances. Names will be announced 30 minutes after the entry period begins (90 minutes prior to the showtime). Individuals must be present, with cash, to redeem the offer.

The National Theatre invites patrons to dine pre- or post-show with partners The Occidental, BLT Prime by David Burke, Claudia’s Steakhouse, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fig & Olive, Flight Wine Bar, The Hamilton, Mirabelle, MXDC, and Proper 21. For more information about restaurant partners and special deals, visit


Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the National Theatre opened in 1835 and is the oldest touring theatre in the country. Managed and programmed by Jam Theatricals since 2012, the National is home to the new and exciting subscription series Broadway at the National and has featured the world premieres of IF/THEN, MEAN GIRLS, and BEETLEJUICE. Other significant recent theatrical presentations include BLITHE SPIRIT starring Angela Lansbury and LES MISÉRABLES, as well as numerous Washington, D.C. premieres, notably MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, AMERICAN IDIOT, FUN HOME, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, NEWSIES, and more. In addition, the National has presented many special events and concerts, including Kacey Musgraves, Dave Koz, Bryan Adams, Bill Burr, Eddie Izzard, Savion Glover, ThePianoGuys, Amanda Palmer, and John Cameron Mitchell.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit, or follow the National Theatre on Facebook (NationalTheatreWashingtonDC), Twitter (@NatTheatreDC), and Instagram (@NatTheatreDC).

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