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Minnesota's professional Shakespeare festival

There will be live Shakespeare in Winona this summer – we’re moving outdoors!

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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.

The Messengers

A mash-up performances from our company members – dedicated to all the messengers who have to deliver news during these uncertain times.

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.


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


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.


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.


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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121 E 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987



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