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The Empty Space by [Peter Brook]

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“Peter Brook speaks of the theater of the past and the present, of its changes, of its various forms, of what he has seen and sees and of his own work. He speaks with the eloquence, and with the excitement of the explorer finding his way into a vast unknown but, he believes, knowable world…The Empty Space is a brilliantly written, even ecstatic book, full of information of the world’s theater and of this ecstatic book, full of information of the world’s theater and of this leading worker in the theater.” ― Herman Shumlin, Chicago Sun-Times

“Peter Brook has written a book that is really about the theater. When he speaks about himself, it is with a view to impart ideas pertinent to craftsmen, serious playgoers and critics alike…What I treasure most in the book is that it always harks back to the artistic, social psychological, practical bases of the theater as a concern of cultural significance.” ― Harold Clurman, The New York Times Book Review

“This is a brilliant book, and should be read by many besides the passionate few to whom it will be required reading.” ― W. A. Darlington, The Daily Telegraph (London)

“Since there is no one on the theatrical scene quite like Brook, there is no other book quite like this one. A must for any and every college library." ― Choice

“Theatergoers who care about the nature and destination of contemporary drama will be drawn to The Empty Space with ravenous interest.” ― Time

“The parts of the book which I enjoyed without reservation were Brook’s brief but marvelous analyses of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Measure for Measure, two plays of which he has made outstandingly the best production of our day.” ― Tyrone Guthrie, The Minneapolis Star

"A classic...a hugely influential analysis of the problems confronting contemporary theatre. It's a powerful expression of the belief that it is performance, not a play text in the abstract, that is the essence of stage art." ― Paul Taylor, The Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Peter Brook's career, beginning in the 1940s with radical productions of Shakespeare with a modern experimental sensibility and continuing to his recent work in the worlds of opera and epic theater, makes him perhaps the most influential director of the 20th century. Cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director of the International Center for Theater Research in Paris, perhaps Brook's greatest legacy will be The Empty Space. His 1968 book divides the theatrical landscape, as Brook saw it, into four different types: the Deadly Theater (the conventional theater, formulaic and unsatisfying), the Holy Theater (which seeks to rediscover ritual and drama's spiritual dimension, best expressed by the writings of Artaud and the work of director Jerzy Grotowski), the Rough Theater (a theater of the people, against pretension and full of noise and action, best typified by the Elizabethan theater), and the Immediate Theater, which Brook identifies his own career with, an attempt to discover a fluid and ever-changing style that emphasizes the joy of the theatrical experience. What differentiates Brook's writing from so many other theatrical gurus is its extraordinary clarity. His gentle illumination of the four types of theater is conversational, even chatty, and though passionately felt, it's entirely lacking in the sort of didactic bombast that flaws many similar texts. --John Longenbaugh --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Y4G4C4M
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Nick Hern Books (October 24, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 24, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2021 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 146 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0684829576
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315 ratings

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By Gavin White on December 18, 2020
There was some damage on the physical book itself, which was a downer.

However, despite being 52 years since its original publishing, The Empty Space identifies many challenging questions about the theatre that are still applicable today. It's a very contemplative piece that warrants occasional pause and process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read if you look for the art of acting
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insight into the World of Peter Brook
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to make you think
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