Since its inception in 1963, the Guthrie Theater has been a haven for actors and theater lovers alike. Students of the dramatic arts flock to this Minneapolis mainstay for its bold direction and commitment to education and engagement. Each year, the Guthrie hosts Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a must-see tradition for Twin Cities’ theater lovers. Also, the Guthrie is home to classes and camps for theater aficionados of all ages. Learn why you need to visit the Guthrie Theater on your next Minneapolis trip:

 

Award-Winning Plays

Part of the Guthrie’s mission is to inspire audiences and build community through provocative works of art. The theater presents a blend of classic and contemporary pieces, so audiences can see a play by William Shakespeare and a fresh new playwright only weeks apart. The Guthrie often chooses plays that push the envelope and inspire critical thinking among audience members, even when the topics are uncomfortable or complex. Featuring three separate theaters, the Guthrie also offers post-play discussions to help unpack heavy pieces of art. At the Guthrie, you’ll see world-class playwrights, directors, and performers on a regular basis.

 

Stunning Architecture

Designed by Jean Nouvel and constructed from 2001-2006, the Guthrie Theater is an indelible part of Minneapolis’ skyline. Equally breathtaking from inside and outside, visitors should tour this cultural hotspot and take a walk on the seemingly-improbable Endless Bridge. You’ll feel like you’re walking across the sky while overlooking the Mississippi River. But trust us, you’ll be perfectly safe! Just to be sure, you may want to grab a cocktail at one of the Guthrie’s many bars before you venture to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

Dining

The Guthrie is in a fabulous neighborhood for dinner before or after your show. If you don’t stop by local favorites like Hell’s Kitchen or McKinney Roe, dine in at one of the Guthrie’s offerings. For a sit-down, sustainable meal, try Sea Change. It has a swanky vibe with a full menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The Level Five Cafe will treat you to heartier food with a more casual atmosphere. For those with limited time, grab a cup of coffee, sandwich, or mini snack from the Level Five Express. After the show, you’d be remiss if you didn’t grab a shake at Annie’s or dessert at elegant Edward’s Dessert Kitchen.

 

Level 9

The Level 9 program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Minneapolis culture lovers. Tickets for all shows on the ninth level of the Guthrie are only $9. The space inspires local artists and provides time, support, and resources for artists to develop their work. Throughout it all, the space offers events that foster the theater’s community.

 

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