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A tragic farewell to Peter Brook


Peter Brook

The loss of life on the age of 97 of the nice theatre director Peter Brook has been introduced at the moment, 3 July 2022. He burst on the theatre scene on the age of 20 in 1946, coming from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre to direct Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon. His manufacturing of A Midsummer Evening’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Firm in 1970 modified Shakespeare onstage for ever.

There’ll be no scarcity of tributes to him  however listed here are a number of hyperlinks from The Shakespeare weblog taking a look at completely different facets of his work. Plenty of hyperlinks are included to talks, movies and web sites and I haven’t had an opportunity to examine in the event that they nonetheless work so apologies when you discover a hyperlink leads nowhere.

This one stories on a symposium I attended in 2015 on the Victoria and Albert Museum, attended by Brook himself.

Right here is an examination of his 1955 manufacturing of Titus Andronicus starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, that proved that this bloodthirsty play was not unstageable, and was in truth worthy of its place within the repertoire.

The actor Alan Howard performed Theseus and Oberon in Brook’s A Midsummer Evening’s Dream.

This submit appears at a group of essays he wrote in 2013 on the age of 88.

In it he confirmed he by no means misplaced his admiration for the work of Shakespeare: “The distinctiveness of Shakespeare is that whereas every manufacturing is obliged to seek out its personal shapes and varieties, the written phrases don’t belong to the previous. They’re sources that may create and inhabit ever new varieties… There is no such thing as a restrict to what we will discover in Shakespeare”.

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