Theater: Bold Hand at the Guthrie's Helm

Three classics with a new look in Minneapolis

Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who inspired the founding of the Minneapolis theater named for him and served as its first artistic director, was a man of imposing stature and equally imposing ideals. His very first production, Hamlet, in 1963, gave the theater its credo—to strive for excellence in the classics. His immediate successors, Douglas Campbell and Michael Langham, also British, helped to make the Guthrie a kind of flagship of the U.S. regional theater movement. In recent years that image has been tarnished, but the choice of...

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