Guthrie Theater

818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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The Guthrie boasts three stages, a full-service restaurant with pre-show dining (closed during Student Matinees), and some of the best views of Minneapolis to be found in the city.

Wurtele Thrust Stage reaches out into the audience with seating on three sides putting patrons at the center of the action as actors enter and exit the stage from backstage, through an intricate collection of trap doors and elevators, and directly through the audience.

McGuire Proscenium Stage features a "picture frame" rectangular opening, allowing the entire audience to experience the play from the same vantage point and focusing on the subtleties of characters' psychological development.

Dowling Studio provides a totally flexible and well-equipped performance space inspired by the unique history and character of the "black box," which originated in the off-off-Broadway movement of the 1960s.


Student Matinees

For so many Minnesotans, their introduction to theater was a field trip to the Guthrie for a student matinee. Invite your children into that tradition and instill in them a lifelong appreciation of the arts. With pre-play and post-play presentations available, the student matinee experience offers a deep dive into the show.

All student matinee performances begin at 10:30am.

Pre-Play Presentation: Student Matinees include a 30-minute pre-play presentation from 9:45am–10:15am, where students learn more about the production directly from professional artists or Guthrie staff. Plan to arrive by 9:30am as the pre-play presentation begins promptly and there is no late seating.

Post-Play Discussion: Following the performance, students are invited to stay for a post-play discussion with cast members. The post-play discussion will conclude no more than 40 minutes after the play is finished.

Cost: $16 ($20 for A Christmas Carol)

Minimum group size: 15 students

Target grade level: The Guthrie's recommended minimum age is 12 years old but will admit children as young as 8 years old. The recommended minimum age for A Christmas Carol is 8 years old but the Guthrie will admit children as young as 5 years old for A Christmas Carol (children under 5 will not be admitted).

For more information, contact Group Sales at 612-225-6244 or groups(at)guthrietheater.org or visit guthrietheater.org/education/student-matinees/.


Previews

Ever heard the phrase “tough crowd”? Then you know audiences play a key role in the success of a performance. Previews are the theater’s version of beta testing. The cast and creative team continue to rehearse, making tweaks based on the audience’s response. On Opening Night the show is “frozen,” the rehearsal period ends and the company rejoices. Preview tickets are less expensive to reflect that the kinks are still being worked out.

Cost: $15 (generally the first five performances) for all mainstage productions


Classes By Request

Classes by request spark the imaginations of everyone involved. With a lineup of theater-related classes to suit every age and interest. All classes are taught by professional Guthrie Teaching Artists at the Guthrie. Classes may also be held at an offsite location of your choosing.

All classes are 90 minutes.

Target grade level: options for 1st–12th grades, no experience necessary!

Minimum group size: 12 participants

Cost per child/student: $20 (special pricing is available for school groups

Please make requests at least three weeks in advance of the desired class date. Payment and final number of participants is due two weeks prior to class date

For more information, contact Lauren Anderson, Education Sales Manager at 612-225-6134 or laurena(at)guthrietheater.org or visit guthrietheater.org/education/classes-by-request/.


Building Tours

Backstage Tours

Backstage tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Guthrie shows are taken from script to stage. In 45 minutes, you'll visit the Guthrie's signature thrust and proscenium stages; enter the expansive scene shop where sets are built and painted, and learn how they're transported to each stage; visit the shop where costumes are expertly stitched, fabrics dyed and wigs constructed; and explore the rehearsal rooms where company members prepare for performance.

Cost per child/student: $7
Cost per adult/educator: $12

Minimum group size: 15 participants

Two-week advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Group Sales at 612-225-6244 or groups(at)guthrietheater.org or visit guthrietheater.org/tours.

CostumeRentals Tours

Explore one of the nation's most expansive collections of theatrical costumes, boasting more than 30,000 unique costume pieces. For nearly 50 years the Guthrie Theater and The Children's Theatre Company have designed and constructed intricately detailed, one-of-a-kind costumes for hundreds of productions. Now their shared warehouse with more than 17,000 square feet of space devoted to the preservation of these extraordinary garments is open to the public for guided tours. CostumeRentals guides provide information about a wide variety of costume materials and their construction, highlighting individual pieces from the Guthrie's rich history. CostumeRentals is a combined project of the Guthrie Theater and The Children's Theatre Company and is located at 855 E Hennepin Ave in Northeast Minneapolis, less than two miles from the Guthrie Theater.

Cost per child/student: $7
Cost per adult/educator: $12

Minimum group size: 10 participants

Two-week advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Group Sales at 612-225-6244 or groups(at)guthrietheater.org or visit guthrietheater.org/tours.

Architecture Tours

Influenced by the Mississippi River's proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel's vision for "theaters in the sky" made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Please note that the architecture tour is not led by a professional architect or engineer.

Cost per child/student: $12
Cost per adult/educator: $17

Minimum group size: 5 participants

Two-week advance reservations are required.

For more information, contact Group Sales at 612-225-6244 or groups(at)guthrietheater.org or visit guthrietheater.org/tours.

Self-Guided Audio Tours

The Guthrie's spectacular public spaces are open year-round. Explore every place from the amber box to the Endless Bridge with a self-guided iPod audio tour led by a celebrity guide:

  1. Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul
  2. Angela Davis, anchor, WCCO-TV
  3. Kevin Kling, monologist and playwright
  4. R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis
  5. Brian "B.T." Turner, on-air personality, Cities 97 FM
  6. Sally Wingert, actor

Download these six free audio tours as a podcast on iTunes or Mixcloud.


Getting There

Metro Transit: The nearest MetroTransit bus stop for the Guthrie is the Route 7 or Route 22 stop on the corner of Washington Ave at Chicago Ave. For light rail, use the Downtown East/Metrodome Station stop.

Parking Information: Parking is available in the ramp on S 2nd St directly across from the Guthrie and in numerous parking lots throughout the neighborhood. The event rate for Guthrie performances is $8. Rates vary during other area events.

Driving Directions: The Guthrie is located in downtown Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

From southbound I-35W, take the Washington Ave exit (exit 17C). Turn right onto Washington Ave, then right onto 11th Ave S. Turn left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

From eastbound I-94, take the N 4th St exit (exit 230). Turn left onto 3rd Ave S then right onto S 2nd St and go 4 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your left.

From northbound I-35W, take the 3rd Ave/Washington Ave exit (exit 17C). Turn left onto Washington Ave then right onto 11th Ave S. Turn left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

From eastbound I-394, take the 3rd Ave N/Washington Ave exit (exit 9C). Take the Washington Ave ramp. Turn right onto Washington Ave then left onto Chicago Avenue. Turn right onto St 2nd St. The Guthrie will be on your left.

From westbound I-94, take the 5th St exit. Turn righto onto 11th Ave S then left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

 


Information subject to change. Please check with Guthrie Theater for the most current information. Last updated on Mon, Oct 16, 2017.


Romeo and Juliet

September 9, 2017 - October 28, 2017

by William Shakespeare
directed by Joseph Haj

A timeless tale of star-crossed lovers

It’s a story so well-known it scarcely needs an introduction, yet surprisingly the Guthrie has produced it just twice before. Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague have had a long-standing feud, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion of young love. Underscored by ingenious wit and astonishing beauty, the play pits the bitterness of resentment against the intensity of romance.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Watch on the Rhine

September 30, 2017 - November 5, 2017

by Lillian Hellman
directed by Lisa Peterson

A classic political thriller

Set in 1940, Fanny Farrelly is expecting the arrival of her daughter Sara, Sara’s German husband Kurt, and their children who have fled Europe due to Kurt’s role in the anti-Nazi resistance movement. When a Romanian houseguest who is a Nazi supporter discovers Kurt’s identity, he threatens to expose him. Published in 1941 by Lillian Hellman, a brilliant activist who was ahead of her time, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice and what it means to be American.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


A Christmas Carol

November 14, 2017 - December 30, 2017

by Charles Dickens
adapted by Crispin Whittell
directed by Lauren Keating

A Twin Cities holiday tradition

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite that continues our holiday tradition for the 43rd year. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones!

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 9 years or older but admits children as young as 5 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Blithe Spirit

November 25, 2017 - January 14, 2018

by Noël Coward
directed by David Ivers

A high-spirited farce

It’s summertime in Kent, and Charles Condomine is working on his latest novel, The Unseen. As part of his research he and his wife Ruth host a séance with an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati and invite their friends to play along. But the evening takes a supernatural turn when Arcati conjures Charles’ deceased first wife, who doesn’t have plans to leave. Lighthearted and endearing, this otherworldly classic is sure to tickle your goosebumps.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


Indecent

February 17, 2018 - March 24, 2018

by Paula Vogel
conceived by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman
directed by Wendy Goldberg

A theatrical play with music

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of eight plays music as well as nearly 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


Familiar

March 10, 2018 - April 14, 2018

by Danai Gurira
directed by Taibi Magar

A boisterous family drama

There’s something old, something new and something borrowed in this feisty, heart-warming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for their daughter Tendi’s wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when Tendi requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, the rehearsal dinner can’t come soon enough. Family fireworks are interwoven with questions of cultural identity in this acclaimed play.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

April 7, 2018 - May 27, 2018

by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, by William Rose
directed by Timothy Bond

A thought-provoking comedy of manners

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 14 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


An Enemy of the People

April 28, 2018 - June 3, 2018

based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
by Kia Corthron
directed by Lyndsey Turner

A high-intensity drama

A world premiere adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s play, An Enemy of the People follows Dr. Stockmann who aims to expose dangerous water pollution in a Norwegian spa town’s public baths. At first he’s seen as a hero, but gradually the whistleblower comes under fire for publicizing a problem that could destroy the town’s economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama reveals the dangers a single person may face in a quest for truth.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage


West Side Story

June 16, 2018 - August 26, 2018

based on a conception by Jerome Robbins
book by Arthur Laurents
music by Leonard Bernstein
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Joseph Haj

An iconic American musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: Wurtele Thrust Stage


The Legend of Georgia McBride

July 14, 2018 - August 26, 2018

by Matthew Lopez
directed by Jeffrey Meanza

A feel-good, music-filled comedy

As an Elvis impersonator at Cleo’s bar, Casey had everything going for him, including a new sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces there’s a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, all hands are on deck for Casey’s transformation. He always knew he’d be a star – but not quite like this. With snappy zingers and show-stopping numbers, you won’t want to miss this wildly entertaining show

Age recommendation: The Guthrie recommends children be 12 years or older but admits children as young as 8 years.
Stage: McGuire Proscenium Stage