The Pianist of Willesden Lane

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

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

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

Tickets: $44-$74
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Purchase single tickets online or call the Kennedy Center box office at 202.467.4600

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All tickets will be held at Will Call at the Kennedy Center to be picked up one hour before your scheduled performance.

Open Captioned performance will be September 23 at 7:30 PM

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.

Discount ticket codes

If applicable, use the following coupon codes:
TJSENIOR65: 10% off for people over 65
EDCJCCMem: 10% off for EDCJCC members
TJBLUESTAR: $15 off for members of the military
TJUNDER35: a $25 ticket for people 35 and under

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 16 following the 2:00 PM matinee Creative Conversation
Join Mona Golabek for a conversation about the artistic origins The Pianist of Willesden Lane, her experience of portraying her mother on stage, and the power of music to tell stories. Bring your questions and be prepared to dive a little more deeply into the performance you’ve just witnessed.
Monday, September 17 following 7:30 PM performance
Thursday, Sept. 20 following 12:00 PM performance
Wednesday, Sept. 26 following 12:00 PM performance
Cast Talkback
Q&A with Mona Golabek, Grammy®-nominated pianist and solo performer in The Pianist of Willesden Lane.
Sunday, September 23 following the 2:00 PM matinee Sunday Symposium
Lisa Jura was able to escape Nazi-occupied Vienna on the Kindertransport. Join Elizabeth White, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and Esther R. Starobin, a Kindertransport Survivor and Volunteer, USHMM, to discuss the history of this remarkable rescue effort and to learn about the impact it had on the lives of some of the children it saved. To learn more about Kindertransport, please visit the USHMM web site.The USHMM seeks to secure the permanence of Holocaust memory, understanding, and relevance and to create a world in which people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.