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Tyrone Guthrie

(1900–71), director and manager. The distinguished English director, long associated with the Old Vic, first came to America to direct Call It a Day (1936), later returning to ...

Guthrie, Tyrone

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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..., Tyrone ( 1900–71 ), director and manager . The distinguished English director, long associated with the Old Vic, first came to America to direct Call It a Day ( 1936 ), later returning to stage a 1946 revival of He Who Gets Slapped . Thereafter, he moved back and forth between continents, offering New York his stagings of The Matchmaker ( 1955 ), Tamburlaine the Great ( 1956 ), Candide ( 1956 ), The Makropoulos Secret ( 1957 ), The Tenth Man ( 1959 ), Gideon ( 1961 ), and Dinner at Eight ( 1966 ). He was largely responsible for...

Guthrie, Tyrone

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Richard Allen Cave

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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..., Tyrone ( 1900–71 ) Anglo-Irish actor and director. He began his career with J. B. Fagan 's Oxford Repertory Theatre but gave up acting when the chance was offered to direct for Anmer Hall at the Cambridge Festival Theatre ( 1929–30 ), which Hall ran while Terence Gray took a fifteen-month sabbatical, and at Hall's new Westminster Theatre after 1931 . Guthrie was appointed director at the Old Vic in 1933 and 1936 , and administrator of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells theatres ( 1939–45 ), when he earned a reputation for staging opera as...

Guthrie, Tyrone

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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..., Tyrone ( 1900–71 ) Anglo-Irish director . Guthrie was appointed director at the *Old Vic in 1933 and 1936 , and administrator of the Old Vic and *Sadler's Wells theatres ( 1939–45 ), when he earned a reputation for staging *opera as well as drama. His notable productions over these years included Tobias and the Angel ( 1930 ) and The Anatomist ( 1931 ) by *Bridie , Hamlet with *Olivier ( 1937 ), and Peer Gynt with Ralph *Richardson ( 1944 ). After 1948 his career became increasingly international, largely in consequence of his...

Tyrone Guthrie Theater

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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... Guthrie Theater , Minneapolis, see GUTHRIE THEATER...

Guthrie, Sir Tyrone

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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..., Sir Tyrone ( b Tunbridge Wells , 1900 ; d Newbliss , Ireland, 1971 ) English producer . Started career as actor, then became dir. of Old Vic, London, 1933–4 , 1937 , and 1953–7 . Founder, Shakespeare Fest. at Stratford, Ontario, orch. 1953–7 . Founded Guthrie Th., Minneapolis, 1963 . Prod. first CG Peter Grimes 1947 and Britten's vers. of The Beggar's Opera , Cambridge 1948 . Knighted 1961...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Sir Tyrone ( 1900–71 ) English director of plays at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Old Vic , specially associated with the Festival Theatre at Stratford, Ontario ; he directed many Shakespeare plays in a brilliant and idiosyncratic...

Guthrie, Sir Tyrone

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Dennis Kennedy

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...movement. Guthrie and Moiseiwitsch collaborated on a second version of their open plan in Minneapolis in 1963 , in a house subsequently called the Guthrie theatre, and their work affected construction of new spaces in Chichester, Sheffield, and elsewhere, just as Guthrie’s dynamic style of direction greatly affected Shakespeare production in the second half of the 20th century. Dennis Kennedy Guthrie, Tyrone , A Life in the Theatre (1959) Shaughnessy, Robert , The Shakespeare Effect (2002) Shaughnessy, Robert , ‘Tyrone Guthrie’ in Cary M....

Guthrie, [William] Tyrone

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...his career, he also wrote two important radio plays ( 1929–20 ) and was the author of A Life in the Theatre ( 1959 ) and In Various Directions: A View of the Theatre ( 1966 ). He was knighted in 1961 . David Staines James Forsyth , Tyrone Guthrie: A Biography (1976) A. Rossi , Astonish Us in the Morning: Tyrone Guthrie Remembered ...

Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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..., Sir (William) Tyrone ( 1900–1971 ) British theatre actor and director. He was knighted in 1961 . Born in Tunbridge Wells, Guthrie , whose maternal great-grandfather was the Irish actor Tyrone Power ( 1797–1841 ), made his debut at the Oxford Playhouse in 1924 . After a period in radio he became director at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge ( 1929–30 ), and in 1931 directed his first play in London, The Anatomist at the Westminster Theatre. His long connection with the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells began in 1933 as play director; Flora ...

Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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..., Sir (William) Tyrone ( 1900–71 ), English actor and director, who through his mother Norah Power was the great-grandson of the Irish actor Tyrone Power . He made his first appearance on the stage under J. B. Fagan in Oxford in 1924 , and directed plays at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, 1929–30 , his first London production being Bridie 's The Anatomist ( 1931 ). Much of his finest work was in Shakespeare for the Old Vic . In 1933 he directed an interesting Measure for Measure with Charles Laughton as Angelo, repeating it in 1937 with...

Tyrone Guthrie

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(1900–71), director and manager.The distinguished English director, long associated with the Old Vic, first came to America to direct Call It a Day (1936), later returning to stage a ...
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Minneapolis, see GUTHRIE THEATER.
All’s Well That Ends Well

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...with Laurence Olivier as a would-be sophisticated jazz-age Paroles. Robert Atkins produced the play three times ( 1921 , 1932 , 1940 ), to little avail, and it was only when Tyrone Guthrie turned his attentions to it during the opening season of the Stratford, Ontario, festival in 1953 that All’s Well That Ends Well began to receive good notices again. Guthrie’s production (of a heavily cut and altered text which omitted Lavatch altogether), repeated in Stratford in 1959 (with Edith Evans as the Countess), was given an Edwardian setting,...

All Is True

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...at intervals for major actors to measure themselves against the starring roles: Sybil Thorndike played Katherine (Old Vic, 1918 , Empire theatre, 1925 ), Charles Laughton played Henry (Sadler’s Wells, 1933 , directed by Tyrone Guthrie , with Flora Robson as Katherine), and John Gielgud Wolsey (Old Vic, 1958 ). Guthrie revived the play twice more, the last time in 1953 , when the onlookers at Anne’s coronation held anachronistic newspapers above their heads against rain in an allusion to the recent coronation of Elizabeth II. There were two...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Lost was chosen (partly for its obscurity) to be acted on Shakespeare’s birthday at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford in 1885 , but sporadic revivals there and elsewhere (including a musical version in 1919 ) failed to establish it in the repertory. The young Tyrone Guthrie produced it twice, first at the Westminster theatre in 1932 and then four years later at the Old Vic (with Michael Redgrave as the King), but neither production was a hit, though the play did become something of a favourite at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park in...

Measure for Measure

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Sonia Massai and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...The Shakespearian original was restored to the stage in 1720 , often understood as a warning against prime ministerial government, but most 18th-century productions were heavily cut. Measure for Measure disgusted the Victorians, but appealed to 20th-century audiences. Tyrone Guthrie ’s 1933 production at the Old Vic was only moderately successful, despite its star-studded cast, which included Charles Laughton as Angelo. The next remarkable production this century was Peter Brook ’s at Stratford-upon-Avon, remembered for Paul Scofield ’s foppish...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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... 1940 and has nearly done so ever since) and a directors’ playground, successive productions veering between spectacle and minimalism, nostalgia and eroticism. Notable revivals have included Max Reinhardt ’s eclectic spectacular of the 1920s (the basis for his later film), Tyrone Guthrie ’s gauzily Victorian production of 1937 (with Vivien Leigh as Titania and Ralph Richardson as Bottom), the successive incarnations of Peter Hall ’s Elizabethan production of 1959 (also filmed), and, most famously, Peter Brook ’s ‘white box’ production for the RSC ...

Richard III

Richard III   Reference library

Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Howell’s BBC television production, first broadcast in 1983 . In the United States and Canada, Richard III has remained very popular on stage. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to take just one example, has mounted successful productions every decade since the 1950s. Tyrone Guthrie staged Richard III with Alec Guinness to open the Ontario Stratford Festival in 1953 , while Brian Bedford gleefully indulged audiences there in Robin Phillips’s memorable 1977 production. Kevin Spacey chose the role for his farewell to the Old Vic in 2011 ....

Troilus and Cressida

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...at the Old Vic the following year, was a critical failure. More successful, however, was a modern-dress revival at the Westminster theatre in 1938 , and since the Second World War the play has been revived frequently, becoming something of a directors’ favourite. Tyrone Guthrie ’s 1956 Old Vic production was the first of many to costume the play on the eve of the First World War, with cavalry sabres about to give place to machine guns: a notable successor in this respect was the 1985 RSC production, with Juliet Stevenson as a sympathetic...

Twelfth Night

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Henry Ainley , was heartbreakingly overwrought in the prison scene, and its Feste, Hayden Coffin , was the most melancholy for many years. Since then the play’s ever more frequent productions have, in general, become progressively more autumnal: major revivals have included Tyrone Guthrie ’s ( 1937 , with Olivier as Sir Toby, Alec Guinness as Sir Andrew, and Jessica Tandy confusingly doubling Viola and Sebastian), John Gielgud ’s ( 1955 , with Olivier as Malvolio and Vivien Leigh as Viola), and John Barton ’s delicately Elizabethan RSC production of...

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