Thursday 19 September 2019

Spain honours veteran theatre and film director Peter Brook

The 94-year-old has been given a Princess of Asturias award.

Theatre director Peter Brook outside Buckingham Palace after receiving the Insignia of a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour from Her Majesty the Queen today (Wednesday). Photo by Fiona Hanson/PA
Theatre director Peter Brook outside Buckingham Palace after receiving the Insignia of a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour from Her Majesty the Queen today (Wednesday). Photo by Fiona Hanson/PA

By Associated Press Reporter

A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country’s most prestigious awards to British theatre and film director Peter Brook for opening “new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy”.

The jury that awards the Princess of Asturias Awards said the 94-year-old Brook “continues to thrill in an intense way through stage plays of great purity and simplicity”.

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Theatre director Peter Brook (PA)

Brook came to fame with his staging of Marat/Sade in 1964 and his adaptation of the Indian epic poem Mahabharata in 1985.

He has been based in France for more than four decades,

The 50,000-euro award is the first of eight prizes, also including arts, social sciences and sports, handed out annually by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor.

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