Theatre of Cruelty

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Antonin Artaud (1896—1948) French actor, director, and poet

Peter Brook (b. 1925) English theatre director

Peter Weiss (1916—1982)

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A phrase associated with French director Artaud, and introduced to Britain during the 1960s through the work of P. Brook and critic and director Charles Marowitz (1934– ), who chose the name for their experimental theatre group in homage to Artaud: the most celebrated production of the movement was Brook's version of Peter Weiss's Marat‐Sade. The emphasis of this style of theatre was as much on gesture and movement as on text.

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