France: Peter Brook, the giant who changed the face of theater forever, dies at 97

In 1997, when he won in the United Kingdom with Samuel Beckett’s Oh les beaux jours, critics called him “the best director not to be found in London”. After more than 35 years of adventure at the Bouffes du Nord, Peter Brook left theater management in 2010 at the age of 85, continuing to direct productions there. “The only thing that mattered in my whole life, and that’s why I work in theater, is something that lives right in the present,” he told AFP.

In addition to plays, he directed several operas such as The Magic Flute and directed a dozen films, adapting Duras’ Moderato Cantabile (1960) with Jeanne Moreau and Belmondo and Sa majesté des mouches (1963). William Golding.

The charismatic director was shocked in 2015 by the death of his wife, actress Natasha Parry: “We are trying to negotiate with fate, telling him: bring her back for at least 30 seconds…” In addition to his faithful companion Marie-Helene Estienne, he is survived by two children, director Simon Brook and theater director Irina Brook.

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