Three patrons shake hands with costumed actors as they walk through a receiving line.
Photo by Gary Erskine.

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Since 2018, Ford’s Theatre has offered relaxed, sensory-friendly performances, providing theatrical experiences for people with sensory sensitivities.  

Ford’s Theatre is committed to accessibility at all levels and is thrilled to offer sensory-friendly performances. These performances are designed for those with sensory sensitivities who might benefit from an adjusted theatrical environment, including individuals with autism or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities. Our Sensory-Friendly experiences aim to provide a safe environment for those with sensory sensitivities, where individuals and families can relax and be their authentic selves. Theatrical adjustments for these performances vary, and often include:  

  • Adjusted overall sound levels in the theatre, especially for startling or loud sounds;  
  • Lights in the theatre will remain on at a low level during the performance;  
  • A reduction of strobe lighting and lighting focused on the audience;  
  • Space throughout the theatre for standing and movement;  
  • Limited capacity to allow for space between parties;  
  • Ford’s Theatre staff trained to welcome and assist guests as needed; 
  • Printed and digital resource materials from Ford’s accessibility committee available to prepare attendees for their visit. 

2023-2024 Sensory-Friendly performances:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Wilson: Sun. December 10, 2023 at 2 p.m.
  • Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman: Sat. May 4, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Please call (202) 347-4833 to purchase tickets. To learn more about Ford’s Theatre accessibility options, please visit the link below.

Ford’s Theatre accessibility programs are supported by the Liberty Mutual Foundation

I so enjoyed all the pageantry, the wonderful music and the truly splendid acting!

Ben Breaux, from the 2022 sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol  

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