Peter Brook


Peter Brook was born in London in 1925. Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself in various genres: theater, opera, cinema, and writing.

He directed his first play in London in 1943. He then 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 (1946), Measure for Measure (1950), Titus Andronicus (1955), King Lear (1962), Marat/Sade (1964), US (1966), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1970), and Antony and Cleopatra (1978).

In 1971, with Micheline Rozan, he founded the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris and in 1974, opened its permanent base in the Bouffes du Nord Theatre. There, he directed Timon of Athens, The Iks, Ubu aux Bouffes, Conference of the Birds, L'Os,The Cherry Orchard, The Mahabharata, Woza Albert!, The Tempest, The Man Who, Qui est là, Happy Days, Je suis un Phénomène, Le Costume, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Far Away, La Mort de Krishna, Ta Main dans la Mienne, The Grand Inquisitor, Tierno Bokar, Sizwe Banzi, Fragments, Warum Warum, Love is my Sin, 11 and 12, and recently The Suit-many of these performing both in French and English.

In opera, he directed La Bohème, Boris Godounov, The Olympians, Salomé, and Le Nozze de Figaro at Royal Opera House, London; Faust and Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York; La Tragédie de Carmen and Impressions of Pelleas, at the Bouffes du Nord, Paris; Don Giovanni for the Aix en Provence Festival; and Une Flûte Enchantée at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in 2010.

Peter Brook has receivd many rewards, including the Prix du Brigadier for Timon of Athens (1975), the Molière for the direction of The Tempest (1991), the Grand Prix SACD in 2003, and the Molière d'honneur in 2011.

His recent productions have also received awards, including Fragments (Prix Premio

Ubu for the best foreign production in Milan, Italy, 2008), and Une Flûte enchantée

(Molière of musical theater, Paris, 2011; Moroccan Federation of Theater's professionals, Marrakech, 2013).

Peter Brook's autobiography, Threads of Time, was published in 1998 and joins other titles, including The Empty Space (1968)-translated into more than 15 languages, The Shifting Point (1987), There Are No Secrets (1993), Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare (1999), and With Grotowski (2009).

His films include Moderato Cantabile (1959), Lord of the Flies (1963), Marat/Sade (1967), Tell Me Lies (1967), King Lear (1969), Meetings with Remarkable Men (1976), The Mahabharata (1989), and The Tragedy Of Hamlet (2002).

Current as of March 2014
Peter Brook