Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is an institution that has influenced the city strongly for many years.
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is a center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the result of the desire of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Oliver Rea, and Peter Zeisler to create a resident acting company that would produce and perform the classics in an atmosphere removed from the commercial pressures of Broadway.
The Guthrie Theater has performed in two main-stage facilities. The first building was designed by architect Ralph Rapson, included a 1,441-seat thrust stage designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch, and was operated from 1963�2006. After closing its 2005�2006 season, the theater moved to its current facility designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. In 1982, the theater won the Regional Theatre Tony Award.
The Guthrie celebrated its 50th anniversary during its 2012�2013 season.