TWIN CITIES THEATER SCENE
The Twin Cities’ ability to entertain is most evident on our many stages, where patrons stand up to cheer as top talents take their bows.
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. 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 and shows for young people—are available to the local theatergoer on any given night.
Three theaters in the Twin Cities have won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Regional Theater (the Guthrie, Children’s Theatre Co. 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, St. Paul, or some of the suburbs that ring the cities, you’ll find the product of a vibrant theater community of actors, directors and craftspeople who spur one another on to greater heights of creativity and commitment.
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.
Generations of young people have seen sparkling dreams come alive on CTC stages with some of the highest-level children’s theater in America.
The oldest active theater in St. Paul, the Fitzgerald opened in 1910 as the Sam S. Shubert Theater and was a movie house in the 1930s.
Theater lovers relish the sweeping views from the building’s elevated lobbies and cantilevered Endless Bridge, as well as world-class productions ranging from new works to great classics.
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.
No other theater delves into the rich past (and sometimes present) of Minnesota with such variety, intelligence and respect for the region’s heritage.
In the heart of Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake district is the Jungle, an opulent small theater that offers up classics and new works with signature energy, invention and visual flair.
Celebrating its 20th season, MJTC operates out of humble digs at the Hillcrest Center in St. Paul and is known to locals as a consistent source of intellectually stimulating, well-chosen plays that attract top-grade talent
Located in a converted firehouse in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Mixed Blood’s mission is dedicated to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Operating in bucolic Excelsior since the 1940s, Old Log has long been known as a dinner theater specializing in comedies and musicals, as well as favorites for children.
In a small theater space south of downtown Minneapolis, Open Eye stages original works combining music, movement, puppetry and live action that touch on Old World mythology and a universal sense of restlessness.
The Ordway’s glassed façade is a landmark of central St. Paul, and its mix of local and touring productions delights throughout the year with a diverse range of crowd-pleasers.
Nestled in the pedestrian-only Seventh Place in downtown St. Paul, Park Square enjoys a dedicated audience for its productions of both classics and contemporary works, done with style and the best of the Twin Cities theater-artist community.
The nation’s preeminent African American theater company stands in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood, where its intimate stage has been home to some of the most varied, piercing art in the country.
With one of the smallest auditoriums in town, located in a community center in south Minneapolis, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Pillsbury House is a small-stakes operation.
Despite its intimate nature, this theater has become a hub for Midwestern musical comedy. Originally located in the Radisson Plymouth hotel, the playhouse now resides in the Plymouth Best Western.
A company with no permanent home, Ten Thousand Things is more than worth the effort to find. Dividing its performance schedule between paid audiences and free performances in jails, prisons, senior facilities and homeless shelters
Another company without a permanent performance space, the Moving Company is aptly named: Its productions are staged variously on both coasts as well as the Twin Cities.
The Twin Cities’ most accomplished musical theater company doesn’t have a permanent performing home, splitting its time between a few venues, but they’ve staged some of the most successful and well-regarded shows of late.
After more than half a century of existence, TRP (Theatre in the Round Players) is an unparalleled community theater and home to passionate artists who produce a year-round season of plays from all eras and genres.