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Oh les beaux jours

Peter Brook

“When we attack Beckett for pessimism it is we who are the Beckett characters trapped in a Beckett scene.


When we accept Beckett’s statement as it is, then suddenly all is transformed. There is after all quite another audience, Beckett’s audience; those in every country who do not set up intellectual barriers, who do not try too hard to analyse the message. This audience laughs and cries out – and in the end celebrates with Beckett; this audience leaves his plays, his black plays, nourished and enriched, with a lighter heart, full of a strange irrational joy. Poetry, nobility, beauty, magic – suddenly these suspect words are back in the theatre once more.” – Peter Brook, The Empty Space


Samuel Beckett

Directed by
Peter Brook