Peter Brook

Theater Director
(Updated on 01/16/2013)

Peter Brook was born in London in 1925 and has achieved distinction throughout his career in the disciplines of theater, opera, and literature. Following his studies at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford, he dedicated himself to the performing arts, soon directing some of the great actors of his time—John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, and Paul Scofield—as well as in iconic venues across the UK and beyond. He directed and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in such productions as Titus Andronicus, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Marat/Sade (also seen on Broadway), and Antony and Cleopatra.

Brook became identified with a pared-down, minimalist style in which the audience was returned to a raw and unmediated encounter with the power of the performing art. In 1971, he founded the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris and in 1974, he established its permanent base at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. Among his landmark works are the stage adaptation of the epic Indian poem Mahabharata, which tells the story of mankind; the film version of The Lord of the Flies; and Sizwe Banzi is Dead, an apartheid-era classic.

Brook, who has written and directed works in French and English, recently announced his retirement from the Bouffes du Nord. Brook’s history with BAM began with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1971 Spring Season) and continued with the historic The Mahabharata (1987 Next Wave), The Cherry Orchard (1988 Spring Season), The Man Who (1995 Spring Season), The Tragedy of Hamlet (2001 Spring Season), and helped restage The Island (2003 Spring Season).

profiles in

Anne Nguyen at Crossing the Line Festival 2016

Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2016
Multiple locations and Gibney Dance - Agnès Varis Center for the Performing Arts
280 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

June 26 - October 2, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565

Kader Attia's 'Ghardaïa' featured at the Guggenheim

Apr 29 - Oct 5, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Seuls en Scène 2016: Princeton University's French Theater Festival

Sept 22 - Oct 5, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ