Peter Hall

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Date of Birth November 22, 1930
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Sep 11, 2017 (86)
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Peter Hall (director)

Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, CBE, was an English theatre, opera and film director. His obituary in The Times declared him "the most important figure in British theatre for half a century" and on his death, a Royal National Theatre statement declared that Hall's "influence on the artistic life of Britain in the 20th century was unparalleled". In 1955, Hall introduced London audiences to the work of Samuel Beckett with the UK premiere of Waiting for Godot. Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on to build an international reputation in theatre, opera, film and television. He was director of the National Theatre and artistic director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He formed the Peter Hall Company and became founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2003. Throughout his career, he was a tenacious champion of public funding for the arts.

Born: Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, November 22, 1930, Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England
Died: September 11, 2017, University College Hospital, London, England
Occupation: Director
Years active: 1953–2011
Children: 6, including, Christopher Hall, Jennifer Hall, Edward Hall, Rebecca Hall
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About Peter Hall

Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company who contributed greatly to British dramatic arts.

Before Fame

He began acting at Cambridge University, where he learned how to speak Shakespearean verse.


He was 29 and already an experienced director of stage plays when he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Family Life

His daughter was the famed Rebecca Hall.


His institution hosted such illustrious actors as Vanessa Redgrave among its students.

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