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British theater and film director Peter Brooke dies at age 97

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Mike Fuller

London (AP) —British theater and film director Peter Brook, known for his influential and prominent career, has died. .. He was 97 years old.

Two Tony Award winners who settled in France decades ago directed the film adaptation of his best theatrical production, as well as the 1963 film "The King of the Evil."

Brooke publisher Nick Hern Books said in a statement on Sunday that it "remains an incredible artistic heritage." Brooke died in Paris on Saturday, according to French media reports.

Born in London in 1925, Brooke studied at Oxford University and directed his first London show, Dr. Faustos, when he was a teenager. ..

After serving as production director at the Royal Opera House, he gained further notoriety through his work at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), including "Titus Andronicus" starring Laurence Olivier.

He won the Tony Award for interpreting Peter Weiss's "Muller / Sad" in 1966 and producing Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1970.

Brooke has also won Olivier Awards, Emmy Awards and International Emmy Awards during his 70-year career.

After settling in Paris in the 1970s, the director established the International Center for Theater Research and revived the devastated Bouffes du Nord Theater in the French capital.

Recognized worldwide, he has won the Takamatsu Palace Memorial World in Japan, the Prix Italia in Italy, and more recently in 2019 art awards such as Princess Asturias of Spain.

British actor Adrian Lester Hamlet, who worked with Brooke, tweeted that he was "a giant in our field."

Brooke has been married to actress Natasha Parry since 1951 and died of a stroke in 2015. They are survived by two children, directors Irina and Simon.