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Shear Madness

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Sunday, June 7, 2020


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 single ticket on-sale dates schedule below.



Run Time

Approx. 2 hours


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 except when the production is on hiatus from the Theater Lab. Please see the current ticket on-sale schedule below.

—Performances from October 1, 2019 through November 24, 2019 are currently on sale.
—Performances from January 28, 2020 through March 31, 2020 go on sale Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at 12:00 noon.    —Performances from April 1, 2020 through June 7, 2020 go on sale Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
GROUP TICKETS NOTE: Group Tickets (for 15 or more people) are on sale now for all performances through June 7, 2020.
For additional group sales information or to reserve 15 or more group tickets, call the Group Sales office at (202) 416-8400 or email


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