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How to Get the Best Prices to DC Theater With TodayTix

Theater and Performing Arts in Washington, DC - Couple walking under the Warner Theatre marquee in downtown DC

The DC area is a cultural hub full of must-see theater.

With more than 90 professional theater companies, there is always so much to see. If you’re hoping to catch a show on a budget, you’re in luck: Most theaters in DC offer programs that provide affordable tickets, and many of them are available straight from your phone on the TodayTix app. Read below to learn about how to get the best prices to DC theater with TodayTix!

1 See Pre-Broadway shows before they become the next big thing.

"Dear Evan Hansen" with actors Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones at Arena Stage in Washington, DC

If you want to catch Broadway’s next hit show at a great price before it heads to the Great White Way, keep a lookout right here in DC. Regina George first ruled the school in “Mean Girls” at the National Theatre in 2017 and the Tony-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” first waved through a window at Arena Stage in 2015. Lucky theatergoers were able to snag $30 tickets to “Mean Girls” at the National Theatre, and DC audiences even had the chance to see the future Broadway hit “Come From Away” at Ford’s Theatre for free through TodayTix’s digital Lottery. So when it comes to buzzy theater, see it first in DC and you might just enjoy a particularly exclusive price on TodayTix.

2 The DC area has three Tony Award-winning regional theaters.

DC is a bona fide theater hub that serves includes one of the largest performing arts venues in the country — and these award-winning theaters regularly offer discounted tickets. Visitors and locals alike can catch a show at the Tony Award-winning theaters Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company or Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. At the Kennedy Center, which presents a jaw-dropping 2,000+ events per year, you can see a Broadway tour, an awe-inspiring ballet performance, award-winning dance troupes, a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, and so much more! You can always browse TodayTix for available discounts from these theaters and more.

3 You can catch a free show at the historic Ford’s Theatre.

Ford's Theatre

Thanks to Ford’s Free First Preview program, audiences have a chance to win free tickets to the first performance of every production A week prior to the first performance, you can enter the TodayTix digital Lottery for a chance to win up to two free tickets. Over 6,000 patrons have seen a show at Ford’s Theatre for free, and you could be next.

4 Snag $30 tickets to a show at Signature Theatre with Signature Access.

"A Chorus Line" at Signature Theatre

The Tony-winning theater in Arlington, Va. is known for producing world premieres and reinventing classic musicals and plays. Think “A Chorus Line” but with DC’s top talent and a fresh new look at the iconic musical! At the beginning of each new production, Signature Theatre releases $30 tickets for their first few weeks of performances exclusively on TodayTix. PS: You can also enter the digital Lottery for $25 tickets for “A Chorus Line.”

5 Get Pay What You Will tickets to a show at Woolly Mammoth, starting at just $5.

Woolly Mammoth Theater Interior in Washington, DC

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is best known for its bold productions, including Pulitzer Prize winners and world premieres. They offer Pay What You Will tickets for the first two performances of each show, starting at just $5 on TodayTix.

6 College students can get $15 tickets to select performances at Folger Theatre.


Folger Theatre offers $15 College Night tickets to college students with a valid ID for select performances of a show. Tickets to theater on a student budget? Score.

7 Get $5 tickets to the first five preview performances of every production at Studio Theatre.

Studio Theatre External Shot in Washington, DC

Studio Theatre in known for producing edgy and contemporary theater. They offer a digital Lottery for $5 tickets to each of their first five performances of each run. After the first five previews, $20 day-of tickets are available for each performance, only on TodayTix.

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