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Peter Hall

Born Nov 22, 1930

Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, CBE is an English theatre and film director. Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960–68) and directed the National Theatre (1973–88), and has been prominent in defending public subsidy of the arts in Britain.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on November 22, 1930.


1952 21 Years Old He produced and acted in several productions while at university, was on the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club Committee 1952-53, and graduated in 1953 from St Catharine's College. … Read More
1954 23 Years Old From 1954 to 1955, he was at the Oxford Playhouse where he directed several notable young actors such as Ronnie Barker and Roderick Cook.
1955 24 Years Old In August 1955, he directed the English-language premiere of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett at the Arts Theatre, London. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old From 1956–1959 he ran the Arts Theatre and directed several plays including the English-language premiere of The Waltz of the Toreadors by the French dramatist Jean Anouilh.
1957 26 Years Old He was at Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon for the 1957 to 1959 seasons. … Read More
1960 29 Years Old Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, at the age of 29.


1968 37 Years Old He served as its artistic director from that time until 1968.
1970 39 Years Old From 1970 onwards, he directed a number of operas for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, including Francesco Cavalli's L'Ormindo, Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Albert Herring, and the Mozart/Da Ponte operas The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte. … Read More


1973 42 Years Old He was director of the National Theatre from 1973 to 1988 and was also a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain resigning from the latter role in protest over cuts in public funding. … Read More


1983 52 Years Old In 1983 he presented a new production of Wagner's Ring Cycle at Bayreuth, with Sir Georg Solti conducting. … Read More
1988 57 Years Old In 1988 he opened a production of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending in London.
1989 58 Years Old He later presented the production, starring Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway in 1989. … Read More
1990 59 Years Old In 1990, at the Chichester Festival Theatre he directed Born Again, a musical version of Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros. … Read More


1999 68 Years Old In 1999, he was presented with a Laurence Olivier Award.
2000 69 Years Old He was appointed Chancellor of Kingston University in 2000.
2006 75 Years Old He was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Bath in 2006. … Read More
2013 82 Years Old He has six children, all of whom work in the entertainment industry: producer Christopher Hall and actress Jenny Wilhide (with first wife Caron); director Edward Hall and theatre designer Lucy Hall (Mrs Rupert Edwards) (with second wife Taylor); actress Rebecca Hall (with third wife Ewing); and Emma Hall (with present wife Frei) who graduated from Cambridge University in 2013 with a first in English. … Read More
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