Hartford Courant on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner is a story made to be told in the theater. Here we all are in the audience, facing uncomfortable truths, lost in thought, staring straight ahead.” Read more from the Hartford Courant on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.

New Haven Register on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner thrives on its simplicity in physical production design, words and performance. This 70-minute allegory fairly ripples with sprawling wisdom and compassion.” Read more from the New Haven Register on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.

NewStatesman on THE PRISONER

The National Theatre’s The Prisoner is a moving example of Peter Brook’s “late style” Read more from the NewStatesman on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.

Hartford Courant Interview with Peter Brook on The Prisoner

“I really challenge the word ‘director.’ This is a collaboration. It’s an expedition. You can’t have an expedition if there isn’t someone who is responsible — the leader, the guide. But all of that depends on an independent person paying attention all the time to the questions. That person says ‘Look, we have to go…Read More »

“Unspeakable Crimes Haunt The Prisoner” from the New Haven Register

“Director Peter Brook, a spry 93, shows no sign of slowing down. The legendary director-writer of such iconic and influential stage productions as “Marat/Sade,” “King Lear,” and the 1963 film “Lord of the Flies” comes to New Haven with the American premiere production of “The Prisoner,” running at Yale Repertory Theatre through Nov. 17.” Read…Read More »


“Red earth of somewhere, not European…In The Prisoner, the stage has a look that has come to be associated with the work of Peter Brook…and when an elderly white man appears (an understated and slightly self-mocking Donald Sumpter), it is, indeed, to introduce a story that began for him long ago, during a journey in a distant…Read More »

TFANA Talks with Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Announced

Join us for free post-show conversations with artists and scholars after the following performances of The Prisoner: Saturday, December 1 at 2:00pm with Peter Brook, moderated by Richard McCoy Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm with Peter Brook, moderated by Alisa Solomon Saturday, December 15 at 2:00pm with Peter Brook, moderated by Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz

NEW YORK MAGAZINE: A 20th-Century Emperor Present But Not Seen

By Sara Holdren The Emperor, a two-performer meditation on the man-made mythos of power, is part Brechtian commentary, part clown show, part investigation of the last days of a real regime — that of the Ethiopian monarch Haile Selassie, whose four-decade reign ended when he was deposed in 1974 — and part playful, piercing allegory.…Read More »

THEATERMANIA: The Emperor Delivers Truth in the Blurred Line Between Story and History

By Hayley Levitt The layered legacy of Ryszard Kapuściński’s journalism-adjacent novel The Emperor imposes a complex set of expectations on its latest stage adaptation, a two-person play written by Colin Teevan and making its New York premiere at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center (a coproduction with the Young Vic in London, where…Read More »

THE GUARDIAN: The Emperor review – Kathryn Hunter’s shape-shifting brilliance

(This review refers to an earlier production of The Emperor at the Young Vic, London.)   By Susannah Clapp The Young Vic is London’s most lovable theatre. The building welcomes; the programming dares. It offers danger in a safe place. As in Walter Meierjohann’s production of The Emperor, which begins by captivating and goes on…Read More »