Peter Brook

Director, Stage designer, Producer
The provocative productions of this renowned director (once described as a "traditionalist on the cutting edge") have been critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and include such landmark work as 1966's ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1925 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (8)

Peter Brook: The Tightrope 2014 (Movie)

(Writer)

The Mahabharata 1990 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Tragedie de Carmen 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meetings With Remarkable Men 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Lear 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lord of the Flies 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moderato Cantabile 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

The Mahabharata 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

La Tragedie de Carmen 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Meetings With Remarkable Men 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

King Lear 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Tell Me Lies 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Lord of the Flies 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Moderato Cantabile 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Peter Brook: The Tightrope 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jean-Louis Barrault - A Man of the Theater 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Producer (2)

Peter Brook: The Tightrope 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tell Me Lies 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

The provocative productions of this renowned director (once described as a "traditionalist on the cutting edge") have been critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and include such landmark work as 1966's "Marat/Sade", a 1970 staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and his adaptation of "The Mahabarata" The son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, Peter Brook began his career with an amateur feature-length film, "The Sentimental Journey" in 1943 and went on to craft training films for the British Army in the last years of WWII. His first professional assignment as a screen director came with an energetic adaptation of "The Beggar's Opera" (1953), starring Laurence Olivier. He earned international acclaim with the 1963 adaptation of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", about British schoolboys on a deserted island. Brook directed, adapted and edited this black-and-white film that played into his reputation for dealing thematically with story. He was less successful with the 1971 filming of "King Lear", starring Paul Scofield, which took two years to find a distributor. Brook wrote and directed "Meetings With Remarkable Men" (1979), based on the memoirs of G I Gurdjieff and also filmed his condensed, highly theatrical adaptation of Bizet's opera "La Tragedie de Carmen" (1983).

Relationships

Simon Brook

Father
Russian Jew changed family name to Brook

Ida Brook

Mother

Irina Brook

Daughter
born in 1963

Alexis Brook

Brother

Natasha Parry

Wife
married on November 11, 1951

EDUCATION

Westminster School

London , England

Magdalen College, Oxford University

Oxford , England 1944

Gresham's School

Norfolk

Milestones

2001

Staged "The Tragedy of Hamlet", starring Adrian Lester

1997

Published second memoir, "Threads of Time: Recollections"

1996

Appeared in Al Pacino's documentary "Looking for Richard"

1989

Adapted and directed "The Mahabharta"; later filmed

1988

Published first autobiography, "The Shifting Point"

1984

Scripted "Swann in Love", adapted from Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu"

1983

Filmed acclaimed stage production, "La Tragedie de Carmen"

1979

Wrote and directed "Meetings With Remarkable Men"

1970

Directed screen version of "King Lear" starring Paul Scofield

1969

Founded International Center of Theater Research in Paris, France

1968

Wrote "The Empty Space", a history of theater

1967

Made short film, "Ride of the Valkyrie"

1966

Filmed his acclaimed stage version of "Marat/Sade"

1963

Directed, wrote and edited heralded version of "Lord of the Flies"

1962

Became director of the Royal Shakespeare Company

1955

Composed stage score for "Titus Andronicus"

1953

Feature directing debut, "The Beggar's Opera"

1949

Wrote first teleplay, "Box for One" (BBC)

1943

Made instructional shorts for the British Army

1942

Made amateur feature-length film "A Sentimental Journey"

1942

Stage directing debut with "Dr. Faustus" at the Torch Theatre in London

Served as director of productions, Covent Garden

Had international hit with unique staging of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the first Wexner Prize from the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University (1992).

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"British films are financed and planned and controlled in such a way that everything goes into this crippling concept of screenplay. And a breakthrough can only come about thoroughly and satisfactorily if the working conditions can be freed, so that smaller crews and lower budgets give people the opportunity to take more time, and go back on their tracks if necessary, without anyone worrying them." --Peter Brook

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"I am ready to disclaim my opinion, even of yesterday, even of 10 minutes ago, because all opinions are relative. One lives in a field of influences, one is influenced by everyone one meets, everything is an exchange of influences, all opinions are derivative. Once you deal a new deck of cards, you've got a new deck of cards." --Brook quoted in The New York Times, June 28, 1998.

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