Since 1999, the Guthrie has hosted this special event to encourage children and young adults to make playgoing a lifelong activity. The Shakespeare Classic is designed to let young people ages 10-17 experience the powerful stories, poetry and imagination of William Shakespeare. Funded by contributions to the Sheila and Kenneth Livingston Education Fund, the Shakespeare Classic includes a matinee performance of the Guthrie's Shakespeare production, a specially prepared program for young people and a special opportunity to meet the cast through a post-play discussion. In 2001, the Star Tribune's Kim Ode wrote an article about the Livingston family before that year's Shakespeare Classic.
The 15th Annual Shakespeare Classic will be the Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1 p.m. performance of Hamlet.