HONOURED: British stage director Peter Brook

A BRITISH stage director has been awarded one of Spain’s most prestigious prizes.

Veteran playwright, Peter Brook has been awarded the Princess of Asturias Award, named after Spanish Crown Princess Leonor, for opening ‘new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy.’

Brook is famous for his 1964 stage play Marat/Sade and his adaption of the epic Indian poem Mahabharata in 1985.

The Princess of Asturias Awards panel said the 94-year-old “continues to thrill in an intense way through stage plays of great purity and simplicity.”

The prize, worth €50,000, is the first of eight prizes for achievement in the arts, social sciences and sport handed out annually by the foundation.

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