Theatre & Dance

Peter Brook death: ‘Genius’ theatre director dies aged 97

Theatre director Peter Brook has died aged 97.

The visionary creative died on Saturday (2 July), his assistant said.

Born in 1925, Brook won Tonys, an Emmy and a Critics’ Circle award throughout his lengthy career.

Brook was best known for his avant-garde work with the Royal Shakespeare Company throughout the 20th century.

One of his most famous adaptations was his 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which saw performers on stilts and trapezes acting in a white cube.

Over the years, Brook directed some of theatre’s most legendary performers, including Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield and Adrian Lester.

Lester led tributes to Brook, tweeting: “Sad news. The man was a giant in our field. Asking bold questions and rigorously refusing to settle for mediocrity. His influence changed everything about western theatre, even the design of some of our buildings. RIP Peter. Rest well, sir.”

“A giant, a genius and the greatest theatre director has gone. Peter Brook, influential theatre visionary, dies aged 97,” Peter Egan tweeted.

Brook was married to actor for more than 60 years, with the pair having two children, Irina and Simon, together. Parry died of a stroke in 2015.

Adrian Lester’s tribute to Brook

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