British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97

  • FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook, is photographed, during a reception after being awarded the Great Vermeil medal of Paris, at the city hall Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.  The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě.

    FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook, is photographed, during a reception after being awarded the Great Vermeil medal of Paris, at the city hall Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97. The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě. Associated Press

  • FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook, centre, receives the 2008 Ibsen Award from the committee chairman, actress Liv Ullmann, left, and Henrik Ibsens, at a ceremony in the National Theatre, Oslo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.  The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě.  (Kyrre Lien, NTB Scanpix via AP, FIle)

    FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook, centre, receives the 2008 Ibsen Award from the committee chairman, actress Liv Ullmann, left, and Henrik Ibsens, at a ceremony in the National Theatre, Oslo, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97. The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě. (Kyrre Lien, NTB Scanpix via AP, FIle) Associated Press

  • FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook poses with his wife Natasha after being awarded the Great Vermeil medal of Paris, during a reception at the city hall Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.  The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě.

    FILE - British theatre director Peter Brook poses with his wife Natasha after being awarded the Great Vermeil medal of Paris, during a reception at the city hall Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Brook, a British theater director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97. The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France since the 1970s, also directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 release of 'úLord of the Flies'Ě. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/3/2022 9:10 AM

LONDON -- Peter Brook, a British theater and film director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.

The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France decades ago, directed the film adaptations of his best stage works as well as the 1963 movie 'úLord of the Flies.'Ě

 

Brook's publisher Nick Hern Books said in a statement Sunday that he 'úleaves behind an incredible artistic legacy." French media reports said that Brook died in Paris on Saturday.

Born in London in 1925, Brook would go on to study at Oxford University and direct his first London show 'úDoctor Faustus'Ě while he was still a teenager.

After serving as director of productions at the Royal Opera House, he gained further notoriety through his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, or RSC, including 'úTitus Andronicus'Ě starring Laurence Olivier.

He was a Tony Award winner for Best Direction in 1966 for his interpretation of Peter Weiss' 'úMarat/Sade,'Ě and in 1970 for the production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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Brook was also the recipient of an Olivier Award, an Emmy and an International Emmy during his seven-decade career.

After settling in Paris in the 1970s, the director founded the International Center for Theater Research, for which he would regenerate the rundown Bouffes du Nord theater in the French capital.

Worldwide recognition also saw him honored with art prizes including Japan's Praemium Imperiale, Italy's Prix Italia, and most recently Spain's Princess of Asturias in 2019.

British actor Adrian Lester, who worked with Brook across RSC productions of Hamlet, tweeted he had been a 'úgiant in our field.'Ě

Brook was married to actress Natasha Parry from 1951 before she died following a stroke in 2015. They are survived by two children, Irina and Simon, both of whom are directors.

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