Peter Brook

Peter Brook


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
March 21, 1925

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Peter Brook (born 1925) was a world renowned theater director, staging innovative productions of the works of famous playwrights.

Peter Brook was born in London in 1925, the son of immigrant scientists from Russia. A precocious child with a distaste for formal education but a love of learning, Brook performed his own four-hour version of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the age of seven. After spending two years in Switzerland recovering from a glandular infection, Brook became one of the youngest undergraduates at Oxford University. At the same time he wrote scripts for television commercials and introduced to London audiences his first professional stage production, Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.

Brook, called the "golden boy," did his first production at S
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The Open Door

4.21 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1993 — 10 editions
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The Shifting Point: Theatre...

4.10 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1987 — 8 editions
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Threads of Time: Recollections

4.06 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1971 — 5 editions
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The Quality of Mercy: Refle...

4.07 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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There Are No Secrets

4.16 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1995 — 4 editions
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Between Two Silences: Talki...

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Evoking and Forgetting Shak...

4.23 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Evoking Shakespeare

4.25 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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The Man Who: A Theatrical R...

3.79 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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“Reality' is a word with many meanings.”
Peter Brook, The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate

“A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.”
Peter Brook, The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate

“Time, which is so often an enemy in life, can also become our ally if we see how a pale moment can lead to a glowing moment, and then turn to a moment of perfect transparency, before dropping again to a moment of everyday simplicity.”
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