Director Peter Brook steps down from the helm of Paris theatre

Lalayn Baluch
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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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