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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Groundbreaking theatre director Peter Brook has died aged 97

    The avant-garde pioneer redefined the way the world thought about stage drama, with his productions mounted from London and Paris to African villages, and one his sets famously designed by Salvador Dalí


    His assistant Nina Soufy confirmed on Sunday (03.07.22) he had passed away on Saturday (02.07.22.) Brook's publisher Nick Hern Books also shared the news, saying: "All of us at NHB are very sad to hear of the death of legendary director Peter Brook, at the age of 97.

    "We're honoured to have been Peter's publisher for the past 20 years, sharing his wisdom and insights with the world. He leaves behind an incredible artistic legacy. RIP."

    Over the years, Brook directed theatre royalty including Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield and Adrian Lester.

    He was also a pioneer of focusing on increasing diversity in theatre, saying in an interview with the Evening Standard in 2019 his casting method was "colour-rich" as opposed to "colour-blind".

    Brook's landmark 1970 RSC version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', influenced by a Jerome Robbins ballet and the Peking Circus, was performed in a set consisting of a white cube and featured trapezes, stilts and a forest of steel wire.

    Brook's career started when he directed Dr Faustus in 1943 at the Torch Theatre, London.

    He went on to become Director of Productions at the Royal Opera House in the capital, staging a controversial production of Richard Strauss's 'Salome' there with sets by surrealist Dalí.

    Brook continued to direct and write in his later years and was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale and Prix Italia, as well as being made a CBE in 1965 and a Companion of Honour in 1998.

    Actor Lester, 53, led tributes, 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."

    Brook married actor Natasha Parry in 1951 - who died in 2015 aged 84 - and they had two children, Irina, now a director, and Simon, who works as a producer.

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