Cummins and Scoullar's

The Little Prince

based on the book by ANTOINE de SAINT-EXUPÉRY

McGuire Proscenium Stage

An endearing allegory

After his plane crashes in the Sahara, a pilot is plotting his survival strategy when a little prince with a gleeful spirit 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. Full of whimsy and wonder, this imaginative fairy tale for the whole family studies the contrast between the innocence of youth and the inevitable realities of adulthood.

Three things to know

  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s simple and elegant allegory has been beloved by readers since it first appeared 1943. He became enamored with aviation while still a boy in France and learned to fly as an air force officer, later transitioning to commercial flights in 1926.
  • Composer Rick Cummins and playwright/lyricist John Scoullar have adapted The Little Prince into four versions: two musicals and two plays (the Guthrie is producing one of the plays). 
  • Paris native Dominique Serrand was the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the celebrated Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis from 1978 to 2008, where he acted, conceived, directed and designed for most of the theater’s productions.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $20 to $80.

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Group sales

All student and adult groups of 15 or more qualify for discounts on tickets to Guthrie productions.

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Age recommendation

We recommend The Little Prince for ages 8 and up. Everyone must have a ticket, and children under 5 are not admitted. 

Venue info

The Little Prince will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (no intermission)

Health and safety

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, we are adjusting our health and safety policies as needed. Effective immediately, masks are required for all Sunday performances. Masks are encouraged but not required for all Tuesday – Saturday performances. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Relaxed performance

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of The Little Prince on Sunday, January 22 at 1 p.m. 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.

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Post-play discussions 

Join us after select performances for a 20-minute conversation featuring experts on topics covered within the play. Cast members may join the discussion as they are able.

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Food drive

Throughout the entire run of The Little Prince, we will be partnering with The Food Group to host a food drive. Donations of nonperishable food and household items will be collected in blue barrels on Level One. 

In addition, a curbside food drive will be held at the Guthrie on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a list of preferred items, please visit The Food Group. 

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