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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; 2nd ed edition (26 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854597124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854597120
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Brook is one of the world's best-known theatre directors. Outstanding in a career full of remarkable achievements are his productions of Titus Andronicus (1955) with Olivier, King Lear (1962) with Scofield, The Marat/Sade (1964) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1970), both for the RSC. Since moving to Paris and establishing the Centre International de Creations Theatrales at the Bouffes du Nord, he has produced a series of events which push at the boundaries of theatre, such as The Conference of the Birds (1976), The Ik (1975), The Mahabharata (1985) and his recent Hamlet (2001). His films include Lord of the Flies (1963) and King Lear (1970). His books, especially The Empty Space (1968) and The Shifting Point (1987), have been hugely influential.


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Appearing almost simultaneously with Harold Bloom's magnum opus, Peter Brook's 40 page account of Shakespeare's continued importance to contemporary readers, audiences and performers could not be more different to Bloom's ludicrous "Shakespeare. The Invention of the Human." Adapted from a lecture given in Berlin last year (and featuring a transcript of some of his audience's questions), "Evoking Shakespeare" is permeated with the wit, intellect and understanding that has contributed to Brook's standing as one of the greatest of the theatre's Shakespeare interpreters. Committed primarily to considering why Shakespeare retains his relevance when so many other writings have failed to, this is a book that is keen to avoid reductionism and trite "solutions". Instead, Brook suggests that an appreciation of the levels of meaning, the refusal to claim single allegiances and an ability to shift his perspectives constantly is key to understanding Shakespeare's genius and continued domination of our theatrical (and literary) tradition. It's an hour's read at most, but the reward of reading it is disproportianately great.
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This is a lively, compact and sensical conference on Brooks basics for the Shakespeare experience... it's a great door entrance for his works... after this book, it is worth to try with "The Empty Space" and "The Quality of Mercy" to make your happiness complete...
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even if you are not into acting, this is a brilliant book - it is very short but so succinct and full of knowledge! well worth the money.
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HASH(0x99555d14) out of 5 stars Peter Brook's Shakespeare 10 April 2000
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Peter Brook has staged many successful (and unsuccessful)productions of Shakespeare. Find out what he thinks aboutcontemporizing Shakespeare. Brook writes very simply, as most of his works are transcribed speeches. This book is easy to follow and wonderfully illuminating. Has large print, so that's sort of hard to swallow. This book is packed with information, but it is a SMALL book.
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