The Royal Family

by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
directed by Rachel Chavkin

McGuire Proscenium Stage


A comedic valentine to the theater

For the Cavendishes, the “Royal Family” of Broadway, the show must go on. Set in 1920s Manhattan, this American classic (loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family) centers on three generations of actors, each at different stages in their careers. From an aging grande dame to a promising ingénue, together they confront a choice between secure, yet dull domesticity and an erratic, egocentric yet potentially fulfilling life on the stage. A brilliant comedy, The Royal Family is a masterfully written love letter to the Great White Way. 


Watch the trailer

There's never a dull moment in the Cavendish household.

Made at the Guthrie

Watch as our scenic artists use traditional techniques to create hand-painted wallpaper for the Cavendish apartment. 


Michelle O’Neill (Julie Cavendish) and Shawn Hamilton (Oscar Wolfe). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Michelle O’Neill (Julie Cavendish), Shawn Hamilton (Oscar Wolfe), Elizabeth Franz (Fanny Cavendish) and Bill McCallum (Herbert Dean). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Matthew Saldívar (Tony Cavendish) and Elizabeth Franz (Fanny Cavendish). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Shawn Hamilton (Oscar Wolfe), Angela Timberman (Kitty LeMoyne Dean), Bill McCallum (Herbert Dean), Elizabeth Franz (Fanny Cavendish) and Michelle O’Neill (Julie Cavendish). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Victoria Janicki (Gwen Cavendish) and David Darrow (Perry Stewart). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

In the news

Feature story

'A Hotshot N.Y.C. Director Takes a Spin at the Guthrie.' 

Read the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine feature on director Rachel Chavkin.


'Where Twin Cities actors work when they're not on stage' 

Read the Pioneer Press article featuring Mo Perry (Della).



Robert O. Berdahl

Gilbert Marshall

Bear Brummel


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Maggie Chestovich

Miss Peake/ As Cast

David Darrow

Perry Stewart

Elizabeth Franz

Fanny Cavendish

Stuart Gates


Shawn Hamilton

Oscar Wolfe

Charles Hubbell


Victoria Janicki

Gwen Cavendish

Bill McCallum

Herbert Dean

Michelle O'Neill

Julie Cavendish

Mo Perry


Matthew Saldivar

Tony Cavendish

Angela Timberman

Kitty LeMoyne Dean

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Ricardo Vazquez


Tatiana Williams

Miss Peake

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Joseph Haj

Artistic Director

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Edna Ferber


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George S. Kaufman


Rachel Chavkin


Marte Joanne Ekhougen

Scenic Designer

Brenda Abbandandolo

Costume Designer

Bradley King

Lighting Designer

Scott W. Edwards

Sound Designer

Carla Steen


Lucinda Holshue

Vocal Coach

Chris A. Code

Stage Manager

Michele Hossle

Assistant Stage Manager

Taous Claire Khazem

Assistant Director

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