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Remembering Tyrone Guthrie

The Stratford Festival grew from humble beginnings in a leaky tent into a revered institution. The drama festival has continued to attract actors, critics and theatre-goers from around the globe. Paradoxically, this almost proved to be its undoing. With international directors at the helm in the early years, frustrated Canadians sat on the sidelines. Financial problems almost shut the festival down. But the curtain would rise again on a new golden era.

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Stratford actors, playwrights and supporters gather to celebrate the life and work of Tyrone Guthrie, founding artistic director of the Festival. He is remembered as a brilliant and eager genius who transformed the Canadian theatre scene. CBC Television presents this special of remembrance.
. "If you want to make a lot of money and fill the place with tourists, ring merry chimes with the cash register, I think I can tell you one thing not to do — don't have a Shakespeare Festival." — Tyrone Guthrie to an organizing committee in 1952, as captured in the National Film Board documentary The Stratford Adventure.

. Guthrie also directed at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, the Old Vic, Sadler's Wells, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Habimah Theatre of Tel Aviv, the Abbey and the Gate in Dublin, and the Group Theatre of Belfast. He was knighted in 1961. Guthrie passed away on May 15, 1971. He left his house to the government to be used as a retreat for artists and writers.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television Special
Broadcast Date: June 5, 1977
Guest(s): Paddy Chayefsky, Robert Christie, Amelia Hall, Mary Jolliffe, William Shatner
Duration: 1:57

Last updated: January 17, 2012

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