Charles Marowitz

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Charles Marowitz (26 January 1934 – 2 May 2014)[1] was an American critic, theatre director, and playwright, regular columnist on Swans Commentary.[2] He was perhaps best known for being a "close collaborator" with Peter Brook[3] 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.[4]

His free adaptations of Shakespeare have been collected in The Marowitz Shakespeare. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease in 2014 at the age of 80.[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 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.
  • Trussler,Simon (2014). Charles Marowitz in London: Twenty-Five Years Hard: Marowitz in the Sixties. New Theatre Quarterly, 30:3, p. 203–206


  1. ^ Obituary: Charles Marowitz, Daily Telegraph, 8 May 2014
  2. ^ Bio on
  3. ^ Albert Hunt, Geoffrey Reeves, Peter Brook, Cambridge University Press, 1995, p.51
  4. ^ Frank Rich, "Stage: Langella In 'Sherlock's Last.' ", The New York Times, August 21, 1987, accessed October 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Elaine Woo "Charles Marowitz, playwright, director and critic, dies at 80", Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2014

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