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.


1953 - 1954 2 More Events
1955 24 Years Old From 1955-1957 Hall ran The Arts Theatre, London where he directed the English-language premiere of Waiting for Godot. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old Hall made his debut at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1956 with Love's Labours Lost: his productions there in the 1957-1959 seasons included Cymbeline with Peggy Ashcroft, Coriolanus with Laurence Olivier and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Charles Laughton.
1960 29 Years Old In 1960, aged 29, Hall created the Royal Shakespeare Company to realise his vision of a resident ensemble of actors, directors and designers producing both modern and classic texts, with a distinctive house style. … Read More


1968 37 Years Old Peter Hall left the RSC in 1968 after almost ten years as its Director.


1973 42 Years Old Hall was appointed Director of The National Theatre in 1973 and led the organisation for fifteen years until 1988. … Read More


1982 51 Years Old …  Hall married American opera singer Maria Ewing in 1982 with whom he has one daughter, Rebecca. … Read More
1983 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Peter Hall is also an internationally celebrated opera director, having worked at many of the world's leading houses including The Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bayreuth Festival Opera where, with conductor Georg Solti, he directed Wagner's Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Niebelungen) in 1983 to honour the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. … Read More


1993 62 Years Old His autobiography, Making an Exhibition of Myself, was published in 1993. … Read More
2000 69 Years Old He was Chancellor of Kingston University 2000-2013, held the Wortham Chair in Performing Arts at the University of Houston (1999-2002) and was awarded honorary doctorates from a number of universities including Cambridge, York, Liverpool, Bath and London.
2003 72 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He formed The Peter Hall Company (1998-2011) and became founding director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston in 2003. … Read More
2005 74 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2005 he was the subject of a two-hour documentary for The South Bank Show: Peter Hall, Fifty Years in Theatre.
2008 77 Years Old He directed a number of productions there including Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which opened the building in 2008, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2010, with Judi Dench as Titania). … Read More
2011 80 Years Old Hall returned to the NT for the last time in 2011 with a production of Twelfth Night mounted by the company to celebrate his eightieth birthday. … Read More
2016 85 Years Old His production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981) was revived nine times, most recently 35 years after its premiere, in August 2016.
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