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Guthrie Theater announces 2010-2011 season

“A Christmas Carol” is back – but in a new form. There’s comedy, Shakespeare, Shaw and world premieres coming from the Guthrie Theater for its 2010-2011 season.

“A Christmas Carol” is back — but in a new form. Comedy, Shakespeare, Shaw and world premieres are coming from the Guthrie Theater in its 2010-2011 season.

Highlights include a brand-new adaptation of Minnesota author Louise Erdrich’s  “The Master Butchers Singing Club,” crafted by Pulitzer-Prize-winner Marsha Norman. “A Christmas Carol” gets a new script from British playwright Crispin Whittell and direction from Joe Dowling, the first time the Guthrie leader has taken on that role for the venerable holiday show.

Other shows on the Wurtele Thrust and McGuire Proscenium that quickly jump out: “The 39 Steps,” directed by Joel Sass; “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” an Olivier-Award-nominated production from London; and the latest presentation by Penumbra Theatre at the Guthrie, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

The Dowling Studio presentations will be announced at a later date.

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For more information or to purchase tickets or season subscriptions, call the Guthrie Theater Box Office (612) 377-2224 or toll-free (877) 44 STAGE. Tickets can also be purchased online.

On the Wurtele Thrust Stage:

“The Master Butchers Singing Club,” Sept. 11-Nov. 6

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 19-Dec. 30

“The Winter’s Tale,” Jan. 29-March 27, 2011

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” April 9-June 5, 2011

“Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore,” June 18-Aug. 28, 2011

On the McGuire Proscenium Stage:

 “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” Sept. 29-Oct. 17

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 “The 39 Steps,” Oct. 30-Dec. 19

“Romeo and Juliet” and “The Comedy of Errors,” Jan. 8-30

Penumbra Theatre Company’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Feb. 10-March 6

“Arms and the Man,” March 19-May 15, 2011

“God of Carnage,” May 28-Aug. 7, 2011