Director Peter Brook steps down from the helm of Paris theatre

Lalayn Baluch

Acclaimed theatre director Peter Brook is to hand over the reigns of the Parisian theatre that he has been running for 30 years.

The 83-year-old theatre maker will gradually hand over the day to day running of the Bouffes du Nord to Olivier Mantei – deputy head of the Paris opera company Opera-Comique and currently head of musical programming at the Bouffes du Nord. Olivier Poubelle, a theatre entrepreneur, will work alongside him.

Brook’s career ranges from directing Laurence Olivier in Shakespeare productions at Stratford, to a film adaptation of Lord of the Flies and more recently Samuel Beckett’s Fragments.

In an interview with the Guardian – his only one to announce the news – he said he will continue to direct at the venue for he rest of his life.

He said: “I wanted to look realistically to the future. I can’t say I will stay here forever.”

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