London celebrations

London theaters dim lights in memory of Peter Brook

London theaters will turn off their lights at 7pm tonight, Monday July 4, in memory of British director Peter Brook, who died aged 97 on Sunday.

Before the start of that evening’s performances, the lights will be dimmed for two minutes as a tribute from the theater industry and audience members to award-winning director Tony and Olivier, whose prolific career spans eight decades and includes operas , plays and musicals.

His first job as a director was for a 1943 Dr. Faustus in London. From 1947 to 1950 he was director of productions at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Among his productions was Strauss Salome, with decorations by Salvador Dali. He then conducted operas for the Metropolitan Opera and the Festival d’Aix en Provence. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1950 to 1970, including directing the groundbreaking production of Dream of a summer night in 1970, transforming what it meant to bring Shakespeare to life for contemporary audiences. In the 1970s, he founded the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, which would become his base for more than thirty years.

His captivating work has continued into the 21st century. This year again, he directed The Storm Project with Marie-Hélène Estienne, his longtime collaborator. Throughout her career, Brook has challenged theatrical conventions and tried to break down boundaries whenever possible.

The tradition of dimming theater lights has long been practiced in the West End to pay tribute to the theatre’s most renowned contributors.