Three theaters in the Twin Cities have won
the prestigious Tony Award for Best Regional
Theater (the Guthrie, Children’s Theatre
Company and the now-closed Theatre de la
Jeune Lune), cementing the area’s status at
the vanguard of the national scene.
Whether you’re in Minneapolis, Saint Paul,
or some of the suburbs that ring the cities,
you’ll find the product of a fertile theater
community of actors, directors and crafts-people who spur one another on to greater
heights of creativity and commitment.
Not every theater or theater company
is listed here—there are too many for that—
but here is a primer to the leading lights
and what distinguishes them, including the
renowned orchestra and opera company
that also calls the Twin Cities home. For the
lover of culture and the performing arts,
Minneapolis and Saint Paul represent a world
of opportunities for the most memorable of
hennepin theatre trust
With four stages under its umbrella—the gorgeous vintage Orpheum, Pantages and State
theaters, plus the new smaller venue New
Century Theatre—the Hennepin Theatre Trust
brings a wide range of programming to the cities. A full season slate of touring productions
yearly features hot titles fresh from Broadway,
including the most popular musicals, music
acts and comedians. Locally made shows and
artists are also on the trust’s calendar, including beloved seasonal favorites and excursions
into new music. No other performing arts
group in the Twin Cities can claim such a
diverse range of offerings from year to year.
Founded by 1963 by British theater legend
Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater that bears his
name has occupied a three-stage architectural gem on the Mississippi River since 2006.
Theater lovers relish the sweeping views from
the building’s elevated lobbies and cantilevered
Endless Bridge, as well as world-class produc-
tions ranging from new works to great classics.
Artists and technicians work in-house for sets,
costumes and wigs that result in signature production values known to wow the most exacting audiences. Also a world-class center for
arts education, the Guthrie partners with the
University of Minnesota for an Actors Training
Program that graduates young people ready to
work on stages locally and around the country.
chanhassen dinner theatres
Nestled in an inviting complex in the town of
Chanhassen, the dinner theater that shares its
name is one of the most consistently accomplished, and with the highest production standards, in the nation. Each season at “the Chan”
might include high-energy takes on Broadway
musicals such as The Little Mermaid, or classics
such as Hello, Dolly. Perfect for a date night or
with a group of friends, the long-time artistic
team at Chanhassen consistently attracts great
talent and delivers shows that always please.
No other theater delves into the rich past (and
sometimes present) of Minnesota with such
variety, intelligence and respect for the region’s
heritage. Recent plays have depicted the experience of immigrants in early Minnesota, legends
from sports and culture and the first stage play
by Garrison Keillor. A vital part of the Twin
Cities’ culture scene, the History Theatre consistently attracts top-flight talent on its stage.
The Twin Cities is home to a vital and varied theater scene that rivals any in the world—the number of theater seats per capita is said to be
second only to New York City. The Guthrie Theater is the flagship on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis, but all kinds of theatrical
performances—from touring productions fresh off Broadway to musicals, classics, new works, experimental art, dance, comedy, improv and shows
for young people—are available to the local theatergoer on any given night.