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Magic of Peter Brook, 1, The

Synopsis
Television arts series. Peter Brook and his Experimental Theatre Company prepare for a production of The Tempest and are seen in acting exercises and performance. Brook believes that we no longer know what theatre can be and we need to re-discover a sense of ‘magic’; he also asks what do we mean by ‘acting’? The actors explore a range of human possibilities, for example Caliban is a ‘monster’ so the actor must find the monster in himself to portray this figure. Brook talks about the future of theatre, and theatre critic Margaret Croyden gives a commentary on Brook’s work.
Series
Camera Three
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
28 Feb 1971
Transmission details
(Channel: CBS)
Duration
29 mins

Credits

Director
Merrill Brockway
Contributor
Margaret Croyden; Peter Brook
Cast
Ian HoggProspero
YoshiAriel
Barry StantonCaliban
Bob LloydFerdinand
Ronnie GilbertSycorax

Additional Details

Theatre company
Experimental Theatre Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting techniques; Brook, Peter (1925-); Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals

Notes

Reviews
John O’Connor ‘The Magic of Peter Brook’ Studies Director. New York Times (6 March 1971).

Production Company

Name

CBS Television

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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