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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Guthrie Theater is a historic theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota that showcases live theater performances. In addition to being one of the city’s top nightlife attractions, the theater offers numerous tours for those interested in the inner workings of theater productions, exploring immense collections of theatrical costumes, and learning about the architecture of the theater’s new building. If you’re fascinated by theater, architecture, or simply want to enjoy some of the highest quality evening entertainment that the Twin Cities have to offer, you should definitely consider visiting the Guthrie Theater.
HistoryThe Guthrie Theater is named after Sir Tyrone Guthrie , an English theatrical director who founded the theater in 1963 with colleagues who wanted to produce classic plays in a community theater that was not subject to the commercial pressure they faced on Broadway. Its first production in 1963 was Hamlet, and in subsequent decades it has put on numerous critically acclaimed productions, as well as world premieres and theatrical experiences from around the world.
In 2006, the theater moved to its present location, an architectural masterpiece designed by notable French architect Jean Nouvel. The new building has stages for large and small-scale productions as well as a studio theater for the creation of new productions. In recent years, its performances have included a wide range of Shakespearean plays as well as modern classics by playwrights such as Tony Kushner.
AttractionsWhile the live theatrical performances are obviously the top attraction at the Guthrie Theater, there are also several interesting tours that you can take any time of the year.
Backstage ToursThe best way to learn how live performances at the Guthrie Theater are planned is by taking a backstage tour, which provides behind-the-scenes looks at the various stages. You’ll also get to see where they build and paint the sets, learn how they move them to the stages for performances, see the costume shop where costumes are stitched and wigs are constructed, and view the rehearsal rooms used by members of the theater company. Tours take place each Friday and Saturday at 10:00 for approximately $ 12 USD for adults and $ 7.00 USD for students and seniors.
Self-Guided Audio ToursIf you’re visiting Minneapolis on a budget, you can also download one of the six free audio tours they have available on iTunes and explore the public areas of the theater for free. The fact-filled tours are narrated by local celebrities that include former mayors of the Twin Cities, T.V. and radio personalities, a playwright, and a veteran actor who has appeared in dozens of productions at the Guthrie Theater since the 1980s.
CostumeRentals ToursOne of the most fascinating tours offered by the Guthrie Theater is its CostumeRentals tour, which allows visitors to explore one of the largest collections of theatrical costumes in the entire country. There are over 30,000 pieces in the collection, including one-of-a-kind costumes specially designed for various productions. Tour guides provide information related to how the exquisite costumes are made, the materials they are made from, and showcase individual items of the collection that have historical significance. Tours take place at 11:30 on the first Saturday of each month and cost approximately $ 12 USD for adults and $ 7.00 USD for students and seniors.
Architecture ToursIf you’re interested in architecture, you should consider taking one of the Guthrie Theater’s architecture tours, which are held on the first Saturday of every month at 9:00. These 75-minute tours focus on the design and construction of the theater’s beautiful new building which was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel and inspired by the nearby Mississippi River. Tours cost approximately $ 17 USD for adults and $ 12 USD for seniors and students.
Practical InformationHere’s everything you need to know in order to plan a visit to the Guthrie Theater, whether you plan to see a live show or take a tour of the facility.
Public transportation: It’s easy to get to the theater by bus or light rail. Metro Transit bus routes 7 and 22 stop near the theater at the corner of Washington and Chicago Avenues, or you can take the light rail to the Downtown East/Metrodome Station.
ParkingThe nearest parking area is the ramp on South 2nd Street, where parking costs $8 when you attend a Guthrie Theater performance.
Address818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Opening HoursThe public lobbies that visitors are welcome to explore on their own are open daily from 8:00 until 20:00, with extended hours until 23:00 on performance days. The Box Office is open daily from 11:00 until 17:00, with extended hours until 20:00 on performance days.
PricesTicket prices vary depending on the performance and seating area, but start at $ 15 USD per person, with discounts provided for students, seniors, and children.
Nearby LandmarksThere are plenty of other great places to explore in the Twin Cities, from the natural beauty of Saint Anthony Falls and Minnehaha Park to fantastic art museums like the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jul 13, 2015