The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate

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Simon and Schuster, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 141 pages
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From director and cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company Peter Brook, The Empty Space is a timeless analysis of theatre from the most influential stage director of the twentieth century.

As relevant as when it was first published in 1968, groundbreaking director and cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company Peter Brook draws on a life in love with the stage to explore the issues facing a theatrical performance—of any scale. He describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as smaller scale events, from productions by Stanislavsky to the rise of Method Acting, from Brecht’s revolutionary alienation technique to the free form happenings of the 1960s, and from the different styles of such great Shakespearean actors as John Gielgud and Paul Scofield to a joyous impromptu performance in the burnt-out shell of the Hamburg Opera just after the war.

Passionate, unconventional, and fascinating, this book shows how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions, and creates lasting memories for its audiences.
 

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Publication of the four lectures Peter Brook delivered to university theatre studies classes in the United Kingdom. Basically describing contemporary British drama under four categories, each of which ... Read full review

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Contents

THE DEADLY THEATRE
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2
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3
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THE IMMEDIATE THEATRE
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Peter Brook is one of the giants of twentieth-century theatre, a unique creative genius who, through his groundbreaking productions of "King Lear," "Marat/Sade," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and especially "The Mahabharata," has virtually reinvented the way actors and directors think about theatre.

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