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Theatre

Why?

Peter Brook + Marie-Hélène Estienne

At the apogee of his impressive career, the illustrious director Peter Brook, along with his colleague Marie-Hélène Estienne, divests the theatre of artifice to ask an essential question: Why?

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Peter Brook (Paris) Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Born in London in 1925, Peter Brook is among those who revamped contemporary theatre by directing it towards its essential core, revealing the underlying depths of the texts and employing his exceptional mastery of the art of narration.

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Marie-Hélène Estienne (Paris) Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

Born France in 1944, Marie-Hélène Estienne reported on culture for Le Nouvel Observateur when in 1974 Peter Brook asked her to work with him on Timon d’Athènes.

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Media Coverage

“Peter Brook can genuinely be called a living legend.”

Npr.org (United States), 06-10-2019

“It’s impossible to overstate Brook’s influence.”

Evening Standard (United Kingdom), 28-11-2019

“Peter Brook conjures magic out of thin air”

Financial Times (United Kingdom), 27-09-2019

“A new work from one of the indisputably great directors is partly a tribute to theatre and partly a warning about theatricality”

The New York Times (United States), 26-09-2019

“It is hard to think of another theater director whose body of work has been so singular in its multiplicity. […] Mr. Brook (…) found himself redefining what it meant to be a director.”

The New York Times (United States), 18-09-2019

“The three actors deploy their magic and give a lift to history, but tell a history about freedom of art and of expression that is hard to ignore in any period.”

Rfi.fr (France)