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The Prisoner

The Prisoner

By Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427808, 40 pages, August 2018


With The Prisoner, the internationally renowned theatre director Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne ask provocative and profound questions about justice, guilt, redemption – and what it means to be free.

The Prisoner opened at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, in March 2018, before an international tour which included performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and Theatre for a New Audience in New York.

"The most pioneering theatre director of the twentieth century. " —Independent on Peter Brook


"The force of the show lies precisely in its ellipses, the empty spaces it offers to our emotions, sensations and to our intelligence. " —Télérama

"The work of an artist for whom the human heart has no secrets and who knows the revealing and consoling force of theatre. " —Le Figaroscope

"Only its mystery equals the simplicity of this strange fable. " —Le Monde

"Achieves a magnificent balance of stillness, relaxation and narrative tension; compelling us to pause, to breathe and to reflect, but also moving the story towards its end with the inevitability and energy of a natural force, harnessed by an absolute master. " —Scotsman

"During one hour and fifteen minutes, the Earth stops spinning at its maddening speed, to allow Brook to whisper in our ear one of his beautiful universal stories. " —Les Echoes

"Elliptical and surprisingly witty… there is a delicious lightness at play, however profound the play’s contemplations. " —Herald