Charles Marowitz (26 January 1934 – 2 May 2014) was an American critic, theatre director, and playwright, regular columnist on Swans Commentary. He was perhaps best known for being a "close collaborator" with Peter Brook at the Royal Shakespeare Company and for founding and directing The Open Space Theatre, both in London.
He is also the co-founder of Encore magazine which was published between 1954 and 1965, and co-editor of The Encore Reader: A Chronicle of the New Drama (1965). He was a regular contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Times (London), TheaterWeek, and American Theatre and was the lead critic on the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner until it ceased publication.
He was additionally the author of Murdering Marlowe, which imagines a rivalry between William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, which was selected as a finalist for the GLAAD Media Awards of 2002, and of the 1987 Broadway play Sherlock's Last Case with Frank Langella in the lead role.
- Marowitz, Charles (1977). Artaud at Rodez. London: Marion Boyars. ISBN 0-7145-2632-0.
- Marowitz, Charles, ed. and trans. (2000). The Marowitz Shakespeare: Adaptions and Collages of Hamlet, MacBeth, the Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, and the Merchant of Venice. London: Marion Boyars. ISBN 978-0-7145-2651-5.
- –––, Tom Milne, and Owen Hale, eds. (1981). The Encore Reader: A Chronice of the New Drama. London: Methuen, 1965. Reissued as New Theatre Voices of the Fifties and Sixties. London: Eyre Methuen.
- Obituary: Charles Marowitz, Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2014
- Bio on swans.com
- Albert Hunt, Geoffrey Reeves, Peter Brook, Cambridge University Press, 1995, p.51
- Frank Rich, "Stage: Langella In 'Sherlock's Last.' ", The New York Times, August 21, 1987, accessed October 11, 2007.
- Elaine Woo "Charles Marowitz, playwright, director and critic, dies at 80", Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2014
- "Biography: Charles Marowitz" on Marowitz Theatre.
- Charles Marowitz on Internet Broadway Database.
- "Commentary: Charles Marowitz" – Contributor page at Swans.com.
- Marowitz Theatre Marowitz's website.
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