small town
big drama

Minnesota's professional Shakespeare festival

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

A new take on one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.

THE TEMPEST

Shakespeare dark, mystical comedy filled with adventure and magic!

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Charles Dickens’ classic story is brought to life in this acclaimed play by Gale Childs-Daly

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

A poignantly funny, joyful and immersive theatrical experience. 

Exceptional live theater, unforgettable experiences.

Great River Shakespeare Festival offers spectacular performances as well as a variety of free and educational events – all in a beautiful little town on the Mississippi River.

Experience the Full Festival

We’re about more than just great art – we want to have a conversation! Check out these festival events to make the most of your visit.

COMPANY CONVERSATIONS

Join company members every Sunday morning during the festival at Blooming Grounds Coffee House for guided conversations about a variety of topics.

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS

Stick around after the show on Thursday nights for a talkback hosted by our resident dramaturg – we’ll discuss themes of the play your just saw and you can ask the actors questions.

NARRATED SET CHANGEOVERS

Every Saturday after the matinee performance, you can move up to the front rows in the mainstage theater to get a glimpse at how we change from one set to another.

PRE-SHOW CONVERSATION

Get to the theater about 30 minutes before the show to learn more about the world of the play. Our Assistant Directors will give you the inside scoop as well as a helpful handout before you see the show.

Registration is now open for Summer Youth Classes 

We offer classes for children as young as 4 up through high school students through our Summer Youth Classes. 

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2017 Reviews

(T)he production is spell binding. ….A muscular production that captures the audience throughout, from Richard’s opening lines, “Now is the winter of our discontent,” through his downfall on the battlefield,[…]

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2018 Reviews

“…a theater festival is not just about seeing a play, it’s about the greater experience that a theater festival offers. A theater festival allows you to see a company of[…]

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About the Artist

Season 17 Artwork was created by Winona tattooist Molly Lyn of Black Moth Tattoo. Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) recently released the artwork that will be used throughout the season[…]

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Address:

121 E 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987

Phone:

507.474.7900

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