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The Opera House is the second-largest theater in the Center, with 2,362 seats. It was designed for ballet, opera, and musical theater. Over the years, the Opera House has welcomed dozens of the world's great dance and opera companies and has hosted some of the most important artistic events of the last quarter century. With its distinctive red and gold chandelier, a gift from Austria, the Opera House makes an elegant setting for the annual Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

Now performing in the Opera House :

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Disney's The Lion King


Disney's The Lion King
Winner! 6 Tony Awards (1998)

including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Costume Design

"A WONDROUS SPECTACLE of imaginative puppetry, African rhythms, athletic dance, and brilliant design. It grabs hold of your imagination from its very first moments!"
--San Francisco Chronicle
"No matter how many times you see it, the opening number ‘Circle of Life,' in which the ensemble becomes one with the Serengeti menagerie…is PURE ENCHANTMENT."
--The Washington Post

A new performance has been added (Wed., July 30 at 1:30 p.m.) that benefits The Actors Fund. For this performance, the acting company will donate their time to The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. To purchase tickets for this special benefit performance, visit the event page.

Disney's The Lion King returns to the Kennedy Center after a sold-out nine-week engagement in June 2008! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice's score brings the rhythms of the African Pridelands to life with songs that include "Circle of Life," the Academy Award–winning "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and much more.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Performance Timing: Act One - 70 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 60 min.

Special VIP Package

The Lion King VIP Package includes a souvenir program and an exclusive piece of Lion King merchandise, which patrons can pick up by showing their tickets at the Lion King merchandise kiosk when they come to their performance. These seats are located in the Center Orchestra, rows E-P.