DC is home to a wonderful theater scene, with plays and musicals to fit any visitor’s interests. Whether you’re all about over-the-top musicals or more into minimalist drama, there’s a place to fit your taste. Here are our recommendations for the best theaters in town.

Studio Theatre

Located in Logan Circle, a short drive from the Capitol Hill Hotel, this modern theater regularly puts on fascinating plays that make audiences think and engage with the material. Previous productions here have included The Father, Invisible Man, and Hedda Gabler. After catching a performance here, head out to explore the rest of 14th Street, one of DC’s most popular food and drink hotspots.

1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Round House Theater

DC’s Constellation Theater is perfect for drama-lovers looking for something a little different from the usual fare. This season’s shows mine the country’s political tensions, addressing issues such as racial prejudice. Come here for unique narratives that you won’t find at other theaters.

4545 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

National Theatre

If you’re in the mood to see a perfectly choreographed, orchestrated, and designed full-on live production, the National Theatre is the place to go. This DC locale stages musicals and major theatrical plays regularly, including Rent and The Piano Guys, making this a go-to for fans of well-known pieces.

1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Warner Theatre

Outfitted with gold walls and velvet curtains, the Warner Theatre is all about keeping things classic. Shows here, though, aren’t restricted to the standards. You’ll find comedy specials as well as lectures by well-known personalities like Alton Brown alongside holiday theatre fare.

513 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Theater J

Head to DC’s Jewish Community Center to catch plays that reflect on the Jewish community’s unique experiences at Theater J. Planned performances for the upcoming season will form a diverse group, including a drama about the AIDS crisis.

1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036