Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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The Royal Family

Closed March 19, 2017

A tongue-in-cheek family comedy that has survived nearly a century!

Why See The Royal Family?

Kaufman and Ferber's satirical masterpiece

One of the most popular comedy plays of the last century, this charming, tongue-in-cheek parody of the Barrymore acting family comes to the Guthrie stage in Spring 2017. Written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber it originally premiered out-of-town in 1927, and has remained a regular favorite among theater fans for its satirical lampooning at one of entertainment's most famous dynasty. Witty, fast-paced and full of shade, it explores the desires and vanities between three different generations. A must-see for fans who enjoy whip-smart comedy!

In a series of hectic, dialog-driven scenarios three generations of the famous Cavendish family find themselves at odds with each other, and try to reconcile their own dreams with the realities of life beyond the stage. Rather than taking a linear story-telling approach, we get an acute glimpse into a massively dysfunctional family set in the 1920s New York with squabbles galore, a womanizing scion and an elderly matriarch casting her sometimes unwanted views on her family. A triumph in conflict-driven dialogue, The Royal Family is a superb insight into the showbiz family!

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Opening night: 28 January 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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Image taken from the 2015 Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey production

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