Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane
By Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
September 12 – 30, 2018

Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, her music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams.

Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy®-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.

“This elegant, heartfelt solo show…is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph.” –The Los Angeles Times


The Pianist of Willesden Lane is supported in part by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund which honors the legacy of renowned singer and entertainer Arthur Tracy and from the Fisher Family Foundation Visiting Artist Fund.

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater

Post Show Discussions

Creative Conversation
Cast Talkback
Sunday Symposium
Mona Golabek

All events are free and open to everyone except where noted otherwise. All events and times subject to change. Please check this page for up-to-date announcements.

Date Discussion
Sunday, September 23 following the 2:00 PM matinee Sunday Symposium
Monday, September 17 following 7:30 PM performance Cast Talkback
Sunday, September 16 following the 2:00 PM matinee Creative Conversation




Single tickets go on sale July 15.