Relaxed Performances

What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance is intended to be sensitive to and accepting of any audience member who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. Our staff, cast and crew invite patrons to come, be themselves and experience a live performance. 

Who can attend?

Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater. 

What should I expect?

Small modifications will be made to the performance, which may include reducing the volume of loud noises and effects, eliminating strobe lights, keeping the house lights on and having a relaxed attitude toward sound and movement in the audience. In addition to making adjustments onstage and in the theater, our lobbies and public spaces will include quiet areas, sensory-friendly activities and increased staff to create a safe, welcoming environment. 

Health and safety

To help keep the Guthrie as safe as possible for everyone in our community, all ticket holders must wear masks and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, plus a valid photo ID.

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Ticket prices

Single tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for children. 

Concierge service

While maps and signage are helpful, having an expert by your side to help you navigate the building may be a welcome option for some. If you would like a Guthrie staff member to personally assist you during your visit, please contact the Box Office and ask about our concierge service. There is no extra charge for this service, but reservations are appreciated.

Contact us

If you have questions or need more information, please email Guest Services at

A Christmas Carol 
A timeless holiday tale
Sunday, December 5 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly and miserable man who greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. This world-premiere adaptation stays faithful to the text and invites audiences to experience the wonder of the holiday season through all-new scenery, costumes, props, lighting and sound.

Recommended for ages 8 and up. This production includes multiple ghosts (some of whom are scary in appearance and behavior), loud noises, music and dancing, a rotating stage floor and thematic elements (poverty, greed, death) that may not be suitable for young children. Masks are required for all ticket holders.

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to purchase tickets. 

The Tempest
A parable of reconciliation 
Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Prospera, the former Duchess of Milan, has spent many embittered years stranded on an island after being usurped by her ruthless brother, Antonio. Her only comforts are her daughter, Miranda, and her own magical powers, which Prospera uses to conjure a storm that brings several shipwreck survivors ashore, Antonio included. But when her intricate revenge plot puts Miranda’s future at risk, Prospera is caught between her desire to reclaim her rightful rule and her unwavering love for her daughter. Former Artistic Director Joe Dowling returns to the Guthrie to direct one of Shakespeare’s final and most heartfelt plays.

Recommended for ages 12 and up. This production includes Shakespearean language, use of magical powers, two storm sequences, broken relationships between siblings, an act of sexual violence by a male character against a female character and thematic elements (betrayal, revenge, romance, servitude) that may not be suitable for young children.

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A playful twist on a classic
Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being a matchmaker with an impeccable track record, much to the chagrin of her dear friend Mr. Knightley. Her latest scheme revolves around the sweet Harriet Smith, whom Emma advises to reject a perfectly good marriage proposal in favor of another eligible bachelor. However, her best-laid plans are turned upside down by unpredictable displays of affection, unexpected rivals and Emma’s sudden realization that true love may have been under her nose all along. With screwball comedy and surprises aplenty, this fresh, fast-paced adaptation interprets the Jane Austen classic with delightfully unconventional flair. 

Recommended for ages 8 and up. This production includes British accents, music and dancing, characters who speak directly to the audience and thematic elements (feminism, heartbreak, trickery,) that may not be suitable for young children.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama
Sunday, August 14 at 1 p.m. 
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Reading, Pennsylvania, is a blue-collar town with generations of hardworking folks, many of whom work at Olstead’s factory and down cold beers together after hours. But the post-Y2K economy is changing, NAFTA is a new reality and rumors fly about layoffs. Promotions and pride inevitably collide, forming cracks in decades-old friendships that crumble when the factory breaks with the union. From the politically charged opening scene to its electrifying conclusion, Sweat boldly confronts issues of race, immigration, deindustrialization and the ever-slipping grip on middle-class life — all with Nottage’s signature humor and heart. 

Recommended for ages 12 and up. This production includes mature language, a bar, smoking, loud talking and music, scenes of physical violence depicted onstage and thematic elements (racism, immigration, labor politics, government) that may not be suitable for young children.

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