‘Hamilton’ and other shows postponed as Kennedy Center delays re-opening through August 9

The 12-week run of 'Hamilton' is now among the 1,000+ events to be canceled or rescheduled as the Kennedy Center extends its closure.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the postponement of all scheduled ticketed performances through August 9, 2020, due to the ongoing effects of COVID–19. The Center’s programmers are exploring options for rescheduling artists and productions for a future date where possible. Kennedy Center leadership continues to strategize for the re-opening of the building, including the establishment of safety, health and security protocols to enable the Center to re-open as soon as possible.

The Kennedy Center and the producers of Hamilton have made the difficult decision to postpone the entire upcoming 14-week engagement, which was to play the Opera House June 16– September 20, 2020. The production cannot currently be presented in accordance with the health and safety guidelines set forth by government officials and the CDC. As such, the producers of Hamilton are working with the Kennedy Center to reschedule the engagement.

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is also working to reschedule all planned concerts at the Kennedy Center* through August 9, including the highly anticipated Beethoven at 250, the NSO’s three-week celebration of the composer’s remarkable genius and impact on music through performances of all nine symphonies conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, which was to take place May 28–June 14, 2020. *This does not include off-premises performances such as concerts at the U.S. Capitol or Wolf Trap.

“I am heartbroken by these necessary steps that have emptied our halls that are usually bursting with the sights and sounds of creative genius,” said Kennedy Center president, Deborah Rutter.

More than 1,000 events and performances have been postponed or canceled since the Center’s closure on March 13 through August 9.

Ticketholders for canceled performances have the following options:

  • Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value 
  • Exchange your tickets for a future date or alternate show (where possible) 
  • Exchange your tickets for a Kennedy Center gift certificate, or
  • Receive a full refund for the value of the ticket and associated fees

For assistance, please contact the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540 between 10 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday or submit a form online. For ticket sales & information please visit the Kennedy Center website.


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