“Genie” theater director Peter Brook dies at the age of 97

Theater director Peter Brook has died at the age of 97.

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

Brook was born in 1925 and has won Tonys, an Emmy and a Critics’ Circle award throughout his long career.

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

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

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

Lester paid tribute 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 theater, even the design of some of our buildings. RIP Peter. Have a good rest, sir.”

Adrian Lester’s tribute to Brook


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

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/peter-brook-death-age-rsc-b2114748.html “Genie” theater director Peter Brook dies at the age of 97


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