Peter Brook


Peter Brook, photo Maciej Zakrzewski

photo Maciej Zakrzewski

Peter Brook (born 1925, UK) throughout his career distinguished himself in various genres: theatre, opera, cinema and writing. After directing his first play in London in 1943, he went on to direct over 70 productions in London, Paris and New York. His work with the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Marat/Sade, US, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra. In 1971, with Micheline Rozan, Brook founded the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris, and in 1974 he opened its permanent base in the Bouffes du Nord Theatre. There, he directed Timon of Athens, The Iks, Ubu at the Bouffes, The Bone, Conference of the Birds, The Cherry Orchard, The Mahabharata, Woza Albert!, The Tempest, Happy Days, Who’s There, The Man Who, I am a Phenomenon, Le Costume, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Far Away, Your Hand in Mine, The Death of Krishna, The Grand Inquisitor, Tierno Bokar, Fragments, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Warum Warum, Love is My Sin, Eleven and Twelve, The Magic Flute (opera) and, lately, The Suit (2012) and The Valley of Astonishment (2014), many of these performing both in French and English.

In opera, he directed La Bohème, Boris Godounov, The Olympians, Salome and The Marriage of Figaro at Covent Garden; Faust and Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York; The Tragedy of Carmen and Impressions of Pelléas at the Bouffes du Nord Theatre; and Don Giovanni for the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Peter Brook’s autobiography, Threads of Time, was published in 1998.