Peter Brook: The Esoteric and the Profane in Shakespeare
Peter Brook shares a lifetime of experience directing Shakespeare
For Peter Brook b 1925 William Shakespeare has been a lifelong companion. Even as a child Brook created a puppet version of Hamlet, and in 1946 he became the youngest ever to direct at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. His early career RSC productions, from Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and Titus Andronicus onward showed an increasing willingness to experiment with form, and to strip back the plays to their essences in order to derive greater meaning. At Stratford he directed Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, John Scofield and, John Gielgud, and his films of Shakespeare’s plays included King Lear with Orson Welles.
Peter Brook’s 1970 A Midsummer Night’s Dream is considered one of the greatest of modern stagings, with a radical approach to movement, costume, objects, music and sound that accentuated the playfulness of the script in entirely new ways. His masterful experiments with Shakespeare have continued almost ever since, across his many years based at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. In association with LIFT London International Festival of Theatre