British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97
Peter Brook, a British theater and film director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died.
- United Kingdom
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 “Lord of the Flies.” Brook's publisher Nick Hern Books said in a statement Sunday that he “leaves behind an incredible artistic legacy.'' French media reports said that Brook died in Paris on Saturday.
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 “Titus Andronicus” starring Laurence Olivier.
He was a Tony Award winner for Best Direction in 1966 for his interpretation of Peter Weiss' “Marat/Sade,” and in 1970 for the production of Shakespeare's ''A Midsummer Night's Dream.'' Brook was also the recipient of an Olivier Award, an Emmy and an International Emmy during his seven-decade career.
British actor Adrian Lester, who worked with Brook across RSC productions of Hamlet, tweeted he had been a “giant in our field.” 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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