413 The National Theatre Tips
- Casual 5
- Dressy 3
- Formal 1
- Take public transit 7
- Park in lot 3
- Parking is expensive 2
- Dine before you go 8
Be ready to clap/ move. The cast feeds off audience participation. They are wonderful and want you to have a good time. I've seen 3x & this one was "quiet". Maybe people were tired after work. The energy of the audience really makes a difference.
The weather was Chilly. I wore I wore a Leopard Print dress with black knit stockings and turtle neck underneath. I could have brought a jacket, but I did not want to have it in the Theatre with me. The theatre got a bit warm towards the end..
Had dinner at Tosca before the show. Wonderful meal - we got the 3 course special. Get there around 5:30 before it gets crowded and you'll have plenty of time to enjoy your meal.
If you don't want to drive, take the Metro to Metro Center - theater is only a few blocks. Play got over around 10:30, so no problem in getting the metro home.
You can't beat the Old Ebitt for dinner before the show, but the place is always busy, and tables, even with a reservation, are hard to come by. Try sitting at the side bar or back bar....the main bar is usually mobbed.
Parking and getting around the area in a car is insane because Turkish President Erdogan is staying at the Willard Hotel. Maybe he'll leave soon. We can only hope.
RENT — 20th Anniversary Tour
It is literally right across from Federal Triangle metro stop. No more than 7 to 10 minute walk.
Good choices near theater to dine before show. We went to a pub on Penn Ave, Elephant & Castle - tasty food, very good service, $$ pricing, & happy hour until 7! About 1 block from theater.
The weather was Windy. I wore A light jacket. Needed a heavy sweater. Venue was very cold..
I use Panda Parking/Spot Hero and found less expensive parking about 2 blocks away.
I used Spot Hero to reserve parking in advance, about a block away. The app allows you to see all available parking options in the area and pay in advance. It was a good way to compare prices and puck the best option.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Parking lot at 610 12th St has no stairs or elevator for customers to use. Customers must walk on driveway from lower levels to exit lot and to get cars.
All the seats are good, but pay for a closer seat if you can. It's worth it. -Cb