Tyrone Guthrie's autobiography concentrates on his theatrical career. He does talk about the stifling effect of his early education at Wellington, a traditional English public school, but he feels his fate was sealed when he took part in a Shakespearian production at Oxford. He learned his trade in repertory theatre and through an apprenticeship at the BBC. His great fame came from his position as managing director of the Old Vic. He talks about his relationships with some of the great personalities of his era: Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman and Ruth Gordon to name a few. The book ends with his development of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein