The France-based British theatre director Peter Brook, who revolutionised the stage with radical interpretations of the classics earlier than returning drama to its easiest roots, has died aged 97, a supply stated Sunday.
Brook, born within the UK however resident in France for many years, died on Saturday, a supply near the director, who requested to not be named, instructed AFP.
He additionally received renown for his iconic 1963 movie model of the novel “Lord of the Flies” about schoolboys who’re marooned on an island and descend into savagery.
Brook rose to fame within the UK as a younger director who put a radical, and generally bloody, spin on classics together with the works of Shakespeare, working with actors who would later develop into themselves legends.
However his strategies underwent a gradual transformation after transferring to France within the early Nineteen Seventies, decreasing theatre to pure simplicity and sometimes influenced by japanese traditions.
“Peter Brook gave us essentially the most stunning silences within the theatre, however this final silence is infinitely unhappy,” stated French Tradition Minister Rima Abdul Malak on Twitter.
“With him, the stage was stripped again to its most alive depth. He bequeathed a lot to us,” she added, saying he would stay “ceaselessly the soul” of the Bouffes du Nord theatre in northern Paris the place his work was based mostly.
“Unhappy information,” wrote actor Adrian Lester, who performed the title position on a Brook manufacturing of Hamlet.
“The person was a large in our subject. Asking daring questions and rigorously refusing to accept mediocrity,” he wrote on Twitter.
“His affect modified every part about western theatre, even the design of a few of our buildings.”
Simon McBurney, founder and inventive director of London’s Theatre de Complicite which has been extremely influenced by the strategies of Brook, hailed him on Twitter as a “visionary, provocateur, prophet, trickster and good friend”.