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Minnesota's professional Shakespeare festival

There is live Shakespeare in Winona this summer – 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.

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.


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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Week 4 Recap: We are Ready for an Audience!

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121 E 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987



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