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Born in London, England, UK
Birth NamePeter Stephen Paul Brook

Mini Bio (2)

Born in London, Peter was educated at Westminster, and Magdalen College Oxford. He has staged numerous productions for Birmingham Rep, Stratford Upon Avon and Broadway. In 1962 he was appointed Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held for 2 decades. His most famous stage productions have been Marat/Sade, Tempest, The Visit, Faust, The Fighting Cock, King Lear, Irma LaDouce, and House Of Flowers.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peacham

Peter Brook was born in London in 1925. Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself in the genres of theatre, opera, film and writing. He has directed many Shakespeare productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including "Love's Labour's Lost" (1946), "Measure for Measure" (1950), "Titus Andronicus" (1955), "King Lear" (1962) and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1970).

In Paris, in 1971, Brook founded the International Centre for Theatre Research (C.I.R.T), which in turn became the International Center for Theatre Creations (C.I.C.T) when he opened its permanent base - the Bouffes du Nord Theatre. His productions are notable for their iconoclastic nature and scope: Marat/Sade, Timon of Athens, The Iks, Ubu aux Bouffes, Conference of the Birds, L'Os, The Cherry Orchard, Tragedy of Carmen, The Mahabharata, Woza Albert!, The Tempest, Impressions of Pelleas, The Man Who, Qui est là?, Happy Days, Je suis un phénomène, Le Costume, The Tragedy of Hamlet and Far Away. Many of these have been performed both in French and English.

He has directed the operas of La Bohème, Boris Godounov, The Olympians, Salomé and Le Nozze de Figaro at Covent Garden Opera House, London; Faust and Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City and Don Giovanni for the Aix en Provence Festival. His films include Lord of the Flies (1963), Marat/Sade (1967), King Lear (1971), Moderato cantabile (1960), The Mahabharata (1989) and Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979). Brook's autobiography, "Threads of Time", was published in 1998 and joins other titles, including "The Empty Space" (1968), (translated into over 15 languages), "The Shifting Point" (1987) and "There Are No Secrets" (1993).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nina Soufy

Spouse (1)

Natasha Parry (3 November 1951 - 22 July 2015) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (12)

Is one of Britian's most respected and visionary Theatrical directors.
Brook's very first production of "Hamlet" was at the age of 7, for his parents, uncut and with himself in all the roles.
He was awarded the French Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1995.
Created an honorary DLitt of the Universities of Birmingham, Strathclyde and Oxford.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen's New Year Honours List and a CH (Companion of Honour) in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama.
Father of Simon Brook and Irina Brook
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award: The Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre in 1994 (1993 season).
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Special Award in 1984 (1983 season) for his services to the theatre.
He was awarded the 1988 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Director for "The Mahabharata".
Won Broadway's Tony Award twice as Best Director (Dramatic): in 1966 for "Marat/Sade" and in 1971 for William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". He was also Tony-nominated two other times: as Best Director in 1959 for Friedrich Dürrenmatt's "The Visit" and, in 1961, as Best Director (Musical) for "Irma la Douce".
Ex-father-in-law of Neil Mullarkey.
Son-in-law of Gordon Parry.

Personal Quotes (1)

Directors have repeatedly learned, to their cost, that the result isn't as rich or lively when you impose yourself consciously on an actor as when, by some other means, he manages to achieve the effect for himself.

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