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The Prisoner Photo: Simon Annand

The Prisoner

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / Peter Brook / Marie-Hélène Estienne

Co-written and co-directed by legendary theatre-maker Peter Brook, this new work is a compelling exploration of justice. 

As resident company at the 2018 International Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord brings three contrasting yet equally daring works to Edinburgh. Peter Brook is among the most influential figures in international theatre, and one of the most important artistic figures in the past century. With a spectacular career that began in the 1940s, he has created challenging, inspiring works across theatre, opera, cinema and writing, forging productions of daring insight and unstoppable curiosity.

Brook has made Paris his base since 1971, taking over the historic Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in 1974 and transforming it into a world-renowned centre for pioneering theatrical exploration. It is there that Brook has staged some of his most celebrated productions.

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?

Asking profound questions about justice, guilt and who gets to decide what they are, The Prisoner brings together a multinational cast of acclaimed actors from countries including Sri Lanka, Rwanda, India and the UK. This is a provocative exploration of some of the most compelling issues of our times.

The Prisoner is co-written and co-directed by Brook and long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne, drawing on work and research across several countries and continents. The Prisoner is part of the residency of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord at the 2018 International Festival.

★★★★ 'there is a delicious lightness at play, however profound the play’s contemplations' The Herald

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A tale that ... moves to the very depths of the soul

Le Figaro

CAP
Captioned performance
26 August 7.30 pm

Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne Text and stage directors
Philippe Vialatte Lighting designer
David Violi Set elements

Cast Hiran Abeysekera, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Donald Sumpter

Production C.I.C.T – Theatre des Bouffes du Nord
Co-produced by National Theatre London, The Grotowski Institute, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Yale Repertory Theatre, Theatre For A New Audience - New York


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Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
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Peter Brook
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22-26 August 2018

  • The Lyceum (Show on map)
  • 1hr 10mins approx (no interval)
  • £17 - £35*

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.