The Kennedy Center


Shear Madness

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018


Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,200 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.
NOTE: Please see additional schedule details below.

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Shear Madness is the interactive comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime!

Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night.

With more than 13,200 performances at the Kennedy Center, Shear Madness is the second longest-running play in the history of American Theater (its sister production of Shear Madness in Boston is #1.)

Performance Timing: 2 hours, with one intermission.
SINGLE TICKET NOTE: Shear Madness performances are ongoing. Please see the current ticket on-sale schedule below.

—Performances from August 28 through November 25, 2018 are currently on sale.
—To view the performance schedule for October 2 - November 25 please click here.


GROUP TICKETS NOTE: Group Tickets (for 15 or more people) are on sale now for all performances through November 25, 2018. Group Tickets Pending Requests are being accepted now for all future performances. Please contact your group sales associate for further information or to make reservations.

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Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center