Relaxed performances

A warm welcome

Actor and artist H. Adam Harris invites you to four relaxed performances at the Guthrie this season: Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night and Emma.

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. 

Ticket prices

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

Group tickets (15+) to the Twelfth Night student matinee are $16 per person. Contact Group Sales at 612.225.6244, 1.877.225.6211 (toll-free) or

Before you arrive

We will offer a variety of support materials to ensure you have a positive experience, including a detailed narrative about what it's like to visit the Guthrie, an overview of the scenes and characters from the production and maps to help you choose the best routes and spaces during your visit.

Contact us

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Accessibility Office at

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.

Steel Magnolias 

A tenderhearted favorite
Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m.
McGuire Proscenium Stage

At Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, a hodgepodge group of women form friendships as strong as steel, which they are forced to lean on when tragedy strikes. Recommended for ages 12 and up. This production features some adult language, gunshot sound effects, a character with diabetes and thematic elements (death of a young character, grief) that may not be suitable for young children.

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A Christmas Carol 

A Twin Cities holiday tradition
Saturday, December 28 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve who challenge him to change his cantankerous ways. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This production features multiple ghosts, loud noises and music, scenes that move between time periods and thematic elements (death, poverty) that may not be suitable for young children.

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A romantic Shakespeare comedy
Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

When a shipwrecked Viola winds up in Illyria, mayhem abounds and a love triangle between Orsino, Olivia and Cesario (who is Viola in disguise) brings everyone along for the ride. Recommended for ages 12 and up.  This production features Shakespearean language, music, a female character disguised as a man, female actors playing male characters and thematic elements (mistaken identities, romance, practical jokes) that may not be suitable for young children.

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A playful world premiere
Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

In this world-premiere adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel, the witty Emma Woodhouse schemes to help others find love until her best-laid matchmaking plans go awry. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This production features British accents, music and dancing, characters who speak directly to the audience and thematic elements (heartbreak, trickery, romance) that may not be suitable for young children.

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2019–2020 SEASON

Explore Our Season

Courageous new work with must-see classics you know and love. 

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A Christmas Carol 

Nov 12 – Dec 29
A Twin Cities holiday tradition

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