Visionary British theatre director Peter Brook dies aged 97

Peter Brook, one of the world's most innovative theatre directors who perfected the art of staging

powerful drama in bizarre venues, has died aged 97, his publisher said on Sunday.

The British director used the world as his stage mounting productions

ranging from challenging versions of Shakespeare through international opera to Hindu epic poems.

Brook put on plays in gymnasiums, deserted factories, quarries, schools and old gas works in towns around the world.

His 1970 Stratford production of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream"

played all in white and with a huge garlanded swing, secured his place in the annals of theatre history.

According to Le Monde, Brook - who had been based in France since 1974 - died in Paris on Saturday.