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 and/or other 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

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, the Guthrie closely monitors local, state and federal guidelines and consults with medical experts and its internal COVID-19 Safety Team to adjust health and safety policies as needed.

View Our Current Policies 

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

Upcoming events

A Christmas Carol 
A timeless holiday tale
Sunday, November 27 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 Little Prince
An endearing allegory
Sunday, January 22 at 1 p.m.
McGuire Proscenium Stage

After his plane crashes in the Sahara, a pilot is plotting his survival strategy when a little prince appears. Over the course of a week, the prince tells the pilot tales of his intergalactic travels to various planets, Earth included. Each story sheds new light on their philosophical questions until the two unlikely companions find the answers — and their lives — hanging in the balance. 

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to purchase tickets.


Blues for an Alabama Sky
A bold character drama 
Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m.
Wurtele Thrust Stage

In a Depression-era Harlem apartment building, a close-knit group of friends has become a chosen family. New roommates Angel and Guy — a blues singer and a costume designer with Paris in his sights — live across the hall from Delia, a social worker who sparks a relationship with the hardworking doctor Sam. But their lives are upturned when Southern newcomer Leland arrives and shifts the trajectory of everyone’s futures and long-held dreams.

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to purchase tickets.

A haunting revenge story
Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, returns home to mourn his father’s death and begrudgingly attend the wedding of his mother, Queen Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius, who has all too willingly taken his brother’s throne. When the former king’s ghost appears and cries murder, Hamlet’s grief turns to obsessive revenge as he seeks to uncover evidence and unmask Claudius. Tension builds and plots spiral out of control, leading to a deadly final showdown. In an homage to the Guthrie’s beginnings, Hamlet will be onstage in May 2023 as the theater celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to purchase tickets.

Murder on the Orient Express
A who-done-it mystery 
Sunday, June 11 at 1 p.m. 
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Passengers aboard the opulent Orient Express awake to frightful news: Overnight, the American business mogul among them was stabbed to death behind locked doors. Thankfully, debonair detective Hercule Poirot is on the train and on the case. He promptly begins interviewing suspects, securing alibis and forming theories about the killer, who remains at large and could be closing in on the next victim. As the plot thickens and the travelers grow restless, Poirot presents two viable scenarios about who murdered the mogul and why, taking the audience on a wildly glamorous crime-solving ride.

Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 to purchase tickets.

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