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CLIP 12523

Peter Brook: the theatrical innovator

Peter Brook: the theatrical innovator

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Key Info
  • Peter Brook: the theatrical innovator
  • Duration: 06:18
  • A documentary report showing how director Peter Brook has experimented with theatre throughout his career. Beginning with Shakespeare, we learn how Brook revolutionised modern British theatre, with his radical staging of The Tempest in 1957 and with his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1970. We then see how Brook was inspired by Anton Artuad's Theatre of Cruelty, followed by his experimental work in Paris with an international, multicultural cast of actors for new audiences. Brook travelled to many countries with this cast and discovered that theatre could transcend cultural barriers. Brook also talks about the relationship between actors and the audience and the meaning and possibilities of theatre.
  • Subject:



    Interpreting and Staging

  • Keywords: innovation, Peter Brook, William Shakespeare, post-war British theatre, Antonin Artaud, cast, multicultural, performance, audience, cultural barriers, les bouffes de nord, actor, theatre history
Ideas for use in class
  • For exploration of radical theatre like Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. How to experiment with Shakespeare. When looking at the role of the director. Actor/audience relationships.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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