Guthrie, Sir Tyrone

Guthrie, Sir Tyrone, 1900–1971, English stage director, playwright, and writer. Guthrie directed the Scottish National Players (1926–28), the Festival Theatre, Cambridge (1929–30), and the Old Vic–Sadler's Wells Company. From 1953 to 1957, he was artistic director of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, which he helped found. There he developed the thrust or open stage. Knighted in 1961, Guthrie was noted for his innovative and energetic approach to the classical theater. He was among the first to write plays for radio.

See his A Life in the Theatre (1959), In Various Directions (1965), and Tyrone Guthrie on Acting (1971); biography by J. Forsyth (1976); study by A. Rossi (1977).

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