A thoughtful and deeply personal book by master theatre-maker Peter Brook, described by the Independent as ‘our greatest living theatre director’.
In Tip of the Tongue, Peter Brook takes a charming, playful and wise look at topics such as the subtle, telling differences between French and English, and the many levels on which we can appreciate the works of Shakespeare. Brook also revisits his seminal concept of the ’empty space’, considering how theatre – and the world – have changed over the span of his long and distinguished career.
Threaded throughout with intimate and revealing stories from Brook’s own life, Tip of the Tongue is a short but sparkling gift from one of the greatest artists of our time.
‘Engaging and thought-provoking… Brook is constantly enthralled but never daunted by contemplation of the art he serves, as this short work shows with grace and eloquence’
— Shakespeare Survey
‘A gem… like sitting down with Brook after a meal… this simple and accessible book contains insights and lessons from someone who has lived and breathed theatre for over seventy years’
— Drama Magazine
‘Full of aphoristic wisdom’
‘Short, sweet and brimming with wise saws and modern instances’
— The Stage
‘Peter Brook’s exploration of words, theatre and everything attached is loving and heartfelt, taking his readers on a journey through his experiences and giving meaning to what he’s seen and done’
— Broadway World
‘Filled with wisdom… devotees will be enchanted by the great director’s latest ruminations on language and the theatre’
— British Theatre Guide