Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there Is it a choice, or a punishment
With The Prisoner, the internationally renowned theatre director Peter Brook and his long time collaborator Marie Ha la ne Estienne ask provocative and profound questions about justice, guilt, redemption ‘ and what it means to be free.
The Prisoner opened at Tha a tre 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
‘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’
‘Elliptical and surprisingly witty… there is a delicious lightness at play, however profound the play’s contemplations’
‘Only its mystery equals the simplicity of this strange fable’
– Le Monde
‘The force of the show lies precisely in its ellipses, the empty spaces it offers to our emotions, sensations and to our intelligence’
– Ta la rama
‘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
‘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