The Guthrie Theatre opened on May 7, 1963 and is named after founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Sir Guthrie's vision for Minnesota theater contrasted with the Broadway-style performing and theater commercialism on the east coast. Sir Guthrie intended for the Minneapolis Guthrie Theatre to develop artists' talents through a resident acting company which focused on staging theater classics and following stringent standards. The location of Minneapolis, Minnesota was selected because of its central Midwestern location and strong art and theater culture.
The location of Minneapolis, Minnesota proved fruitful for the Guthrie Theatre. The Guthrie Theatre opened with 22,000 season ticket holders and staged famous productions such as Henry V, St. Joan, and The Three Sisters. Just five years after the Guthrie Theatre was founded, the Guthrie actors began a national tour which included stops in New York and Los Angeles.
Guthrie Theatre Founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie passed away in 1971, and the Guthrie Theatre began to face problems including small audiences and lack of artistic vision. Under the direction of Michael Langham, classics were again staged and the Guthrie Theatre began generating profit. By 1982, the Guthrie Theatre was recognized nationally with a Tony Award, bringing international attention to Minnesota theater.
The biggest undertaking in recent Guthrie Theatre history is the construction of a new, beautiful structure to house productions. The Guthrie Theatre is located on the Mississippi River at 818 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This new Guthrie Theatre venue opened June 25, 2006 and now includes three stages catering to many different audiences and productions. The Guthrie Theatre venue has attracted international attention due to its unique design and staging. The Guthrie Theatre now employs more than 900 people annually and is one of the Midwest's finest locations for theater performance.
Not only have the Guthrie Theatre's physical space and employee numbers expanded, but Guthrie Theatre ticket subscriptions are at an all-time high. More than 32,000 season ticket holders frequent the Minnesota Guthrie Theatre to enjoy classic and modern play performances. The Guthrie Theatre venue is a perfect place to enjoy a dramatic staging of your favorite production and Guthrie Theatre tickets go quickly. In order to reserve your spot at the next Guthrie Theatre staging, make sure to reserve your Guthrie Theatre tickets today and become a part of the historic Guthrie Theatre legacy. With multiple stages and a staggering variety of productions, the Guthrie Theatre has something to meet everyone's needs. Take a look at what the Guthrie Theatre Schedule has to offer and purchase Guthrie Theatre tickets for your favorite show today!