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A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has observed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this CTC holiday favorite, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he plots the greatest heist imaginable—stealing the very thing they love the most! Until, that is, the smallest of the Whos, tiny Cindy Lou, extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart. 

Based on the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Directed by Peter C. Brosius 

A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production

  • Run time

    Two hours with one 20 minute intermission

  • Best enjoyed by

    All Ages!

  • Stage

    UnitedHealth Group Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Available for children 3 years and younger

Audience Guide

At CTC, our mission is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. This Audience Guide is just one of the ways in which we aim to enhance your experience and further your engagement with the shows on stage. It includes a summary, context, fun facts, and activities plus details that can help you decide what’s right for your kids.


Further Resources

Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas photo by Dan Norman

Digital Program

Articles, conversation starters, and activities for both before and after you see the show!


Child on lap with headphones in audience at Children's Theatre Company


ASL-interpreted, audio-described, and sensory-friendly performances are available on select dates.


Children's Theatre Company and Minneapolis Institute of Art building

Plan Your Visit

Children’s Theatre Company is proud to offer information, tips, advice and handy guides so that our patrons’ theatre experiences are as rich, pleasant, and convenient as possible.


Cast and Creative Team

Grinch with Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin

“When composer Mel Marvin and I were writing this musical adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas nearly 30 years ago, we were aware that we’d been entrusted with the genius of Dr. Seuss and his irrepressible spirit,” said Bookwriter and Lyricist Timothy Mason. “We wanted the Seuss to shine through. It’s one of the great joys of our lives to know that children who saw the Grinch at the Children’s Theatre all those years ago are now bringing their own kids to see this show, and that for them and many others his spirit does indeed live on right here on this stage.”


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