Legendary British director Peter Brook’s colossal 1985 production of The Mahabharata is hailed as one of the greatest and most memorable theatrical productions of all time. His internationally renowned work was last seen at the Kennedy Center in Fragments in 2011 and The Suit in 2014. Now based in France, Brook comes together with frequent collaborators Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière to once again take inspiration from this sweeping epic poem of ancient India.
Their new play from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Battlefield, is a revised and extended excerpt from The Mahabharata. War is ravaging the kingdom, and the Bharata family is being pulled at the seams. A new and untested king must face the devastation he has caused as his world crumbles around him and his people. This riveting story poses the enduring question: how can we find inner peace while the world rages around us?