The Alden Theatre

The Alden Theatre is a beautiful, 383-seat performing arts venue in McLean, Va. It is a resource for community engagement that presents award-winning entertainment, lectures and theater plays for audiences of all ages.

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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre (The Alden) is named after the former Washington Post editor and community organizer, “Bob” Alden, who along with many members of the Greater McLean, Va community, made it possible. A division of the McLean Community Center (MCC), The Alden was part of the original concept for MCC, which was approved through a bond referendum in 1970.

Over the years, The Alden has welcomed community theater acts, performing arts, civic organizations and local schools, as well as touring live entertainment acts. Distinguished individuals who have graced The Alden stage include John Lithgow, Lesley Gore and Sandra Day O’Connor among many others.

Wheelchair Seating

Available for those who use wheelchairs. Please make arrangements when ordering tickets. A 48 hour notice is requested and is appreciated.

Hearing Impaired

Patrons may take advantage of the Alden's infrared audio system. It can be used with or without a hearing aid. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Disabilities and Other Special Needs

For accommodations, the Alden asks that requests be made no less than 14 working days prior to performance or activity you wish to attend. The Alden is fully ADA compliant and will make arrangements for reasonable accommodations.


Enjoy the performing arts at Robert Ames Alden Theatre in McLean, Va. The Alden presents nationally and internationally-recognized music, comedic plays, dance, film, children's programming and more. Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A tax district are eligible for discounted tickets. All performances follow current local guidelines and the CDC on safety requirements for COVID-19.

Audience laughing in the Alden Theater

(the) Unruly Theatre Project

The Alden Theatre is proud to sponsor (the) Unruly Theatre Project (UTP), McLean, Va’s teen improv company. UTP brings improv comedy to the local community through performances and workshops. Performances are held at local venues, such as art galleries, cafes, Old Firehouse Center and more. UTP fosters a love of the performing arts in young audiences.

Community Arts Groups

McLean Community Players (MCP) (and its predecessors – CAST, Great Falls Players and McLean Theater Alliance) has been entertaining the McLean, Va community since 1964. MCP is a not-for-profit charitable and community outreach organization, administered under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. All donations are fully tax deductible. Their Tax ID is 54-1653184.