Entertainment Desk: British theater and movie director Peter Brook has died. He was 96 years old. He died on Saturday (July 2) in Paris, France.
Born in London in 1925, Peter Brook began his theater career in the early 1950s. France has been his main workplace since the 1980s. Although theater is his medium, he has also directed films.
With the Royal Shakespeare Company of Britain, he has staged plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale or Mara / Saad. In addition to Shakespeare, he has been acclaimed for directing classical dramas such as Oedipus. Notable films he directed were The Beggar's Opera, King Lear and The Tragedy of Hamlet.
In 1975, he made possible the nine-hour stage adaptation of the epic 'Mahabharata'. Brooke later turned it into a film in 1989. Actors from different countries of the world participated in this great sacrifice.
Brooke once used an abandoned house or factory shed to bring the theater out of its traditional look. Before directing the Mahabharata, he traveled to different parts of India and brought up innumerable forms of folk art. As a result, his 'Mahabharata' became a production that was never imagined before.
In his long life, Brooke has received many honors, including the Tony Award, Emmy Award, and Ibsen Award, one of the most important awards in the world of drama. In 1965, Brooke was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2021, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri.