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Curator's Note:

Watch PBS Arts from Minnesota: H.M.S. Pinafore on October 14 at 9pm EST


Gilbert and Sullivan’s blockbuster is loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The Guthrie Theater’s modern twist infuses the memorable melodies with fresh musical arrangements from big band swing to classic pop and new show-stopping choreography. Go behind the scenes with costuming, musical staging, set building and learn more about the Guthrie Theater. You can also watch the full performance here.


Performed by the Guthrie Theater and produced by tpt National Productions. Funding for H.M.S. Pinafore was provided by the Minnesota State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; the Blythe Brenden Fund of the Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation; Russell B. Hagen and Family; and the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.

Also, discover the Minnesota Arts Scene at TPT.

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The Guthrie Theater: Architecture

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Pritzker Prize-winning French Architect Jean Nouvel designed the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Nouvel’s vision to connect audiences to views of the Mississippi riverfront was inspired by the site’s surrounding historic mills. With three distinct performance spaces and state-of-the-art backstage facilities, the Guthrie develops and produces classical and original work often in partnership with other organizations. The Guthrie Theater is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training.

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