Peter Hall
Peter Hall
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.
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Video: In Tune with Here We Go Magic
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Here We Go Magic members Luke Temple (vocals, guitar) and Pete Hale (drums) spoke with CBSNews.com about how they create music "outside of genre," Brooklyn's unique blend of sounds, and how the taboos of songwriting can fade away with age.
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Wind Gap grandmother gets ARD on meth charges - Allentown Morning Call
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A Wind Gap woman charged when the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office broke up a large meth ring in Northampton and Monroe counties last November has entered a program that will erase her criminal record upon
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Breast cancer awareness group joins 'Boobies' court fight - Allentown Morning Call
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The breast cancer awareness group that distributes "I ♥ Boobies!" bracelets has joined two Easton middle school students in their effort to defeat a ban on wearing the popular rubber wristbands in class
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President Jagdeo joins Muslims in observance of Eid-ul-Fitr - NCN Guyana
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President Bharrat Jagdeo today joined hundreds of Muslims at the Peter's Hall Masjid to observe Eid-Ul-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.The president used the occasion also to enlighten Muslims on their role in assisting the
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Former Northampton County Prison guard faces trial in alleged assault of inmate - Allentown Morning Call
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A former Northampton County Prison guard identified as one of those responsible for allowing a gun into the prison last year will stand trial on charges he assaulted an inmate. Jorge R. Soto, 49, of the 600 block of
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Game of Thrones: Sir Peter Hall and Michael Boyd in Conversation
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In honor of its 50th birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) brought together company founder Sir <a class="fplink fp-219276" href="/peter+hall+1">Peter Hall</a> and current Artistic Director <a class="fplink fp-194050" href="/michael+boyd+1">Michael Boyd</a> in conversation at the Park Avenue Armory where the RSC is currently in residence.  Their talk was guided by company ensemble member (and RSC board member) Noma Dumezweni, but the two men needed little prompting to embark on a combination of reminiscence and philosophical discourse. They discussed the importance of ensemble acting; the role of the director; and — in the most memorable part of the evening — debated the merits of the thrust stage (Hall doubtful; Boyd ardent) by walking about the RSC’s reconstructed theatre and demonstrating how speech sounds from different parts of the house. The evening finished with the presentation of a birthday cake to Hall and Boyd, who issued an impromptu invitation to the audience to ...
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Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Theatre Royal, Bath - Financial Times
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Peter Hall&#39;s Bath seasons often discreetly investigate ideas of Englishness. The centrepiece of his company&#39;s 2011 season is the diptych in which Shakespeare, more than in any other of his plays, does the same
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For Your Consideration: 'Mad Men' on Netflix Watch Instantly - Hollywood.com
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There&#39;s no pointing in pretending like Mad Men is some kind of underground show no one has ever heard of and that by selecting it for this week&#39;s For Your Consideration I&#39;m lifting the wool
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Peter Hall company stages a class act - Bath Chronicle
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This Happy Breed, which is the third play in this season&#39;s Peter Hall Season, is set in the upper working class or lower middle class suburbs – the English class system being so complicated it is hard to know which – and looks at the ups and downs of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Hall
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 85
    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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  • 2011
    Age 80
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His daughter, Rebecca Hall, played Viola. On leaving the NT in 1988, Hall launched his own commercial company with productions in the West End and on Broadway of Orpheus Descending (with Vanessa Redgrave) and The Merchant of Venice (with Dustin Hoffman). The Peter Hall Company went on to stage more than sixty plays in association with a number of well-known producing partners including Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt. In addition to an ensemble repertory season at The Old Vic (1997), the company enjoyed a long collaboration with the Theatre Royal Bath where a series of summer festivals were staged from 2003-2011: many productions were subsequently seen on UK and international tours and in the West End. Notable productions include Wilde's An Ideal Husband (1992), Pam Gems's Piaf (1993, with Elaine Paige), Hamlet (1994, with Stephen Dillane), The Master Builder (1995, with Alan Bates), A Streetcar Named Desire (1997, with Jessica Lange), Julian Barry's Lenny (1999, with Eddie Izzard), As You Like It (2003, with Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens), Brian Clark's Whose Life is it Anyway? (2005, with Kim Cattrall), the fiftieth anniversary production of Waiting for Godot, Coward's Hay Fever (2006, with Judi Dench) and Shaw's Pygmalion (2007, with Tim Pigott-Smith and Michelle Dockery). Hall's final acclaimed productions for his company were Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (2011), staged at the Theatre Royal Bath.
  • 2008
    Age 77
    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).
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  • 2005
    Age 74
    In 2005 Hall was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
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    In 2005 he was the subject of a two-hour documentary for The South Bank Show: Peter Hall, Fifty Years in Theatre.
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  • 2003
    Age 72
    In 2003, Peter Hall became the Founding Director of The Rose Theatre - a new venue to be constructed in Kingston upon Thames whose design was inspired by the Elizabethan original.
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    He formed The Peter Hall Company (1998-2011) and became founding director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout his career, he has been a vociferous champion of public funding for the arts. Peter Reginald Frederick Hall was born in Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds, the only son of Grace Florence (née Pamment) and Reginald Edward Arthur Hall. His father was a stationmaster and the family lived for some time at Great Shelford Station. He won a scholarship to The Perse School in Cambridge. Before taking up a further scholarship to read English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, Hall did his National Service in Germany at The RAF Headquarters for Education in Bückerberg. Whilst studying at Cambridge he produced and acted in a number of plays, directing five in his final year and a further three for The Marlowe Society Summer Festival.
  • 2000
    Age 69
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 62
    His autobiography, Making an Exhibition of Myself, was published in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Peter Hall was awarded the CBE in 1963 and knighted in 1977 for his services to the theatre. He was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1965), received the Hamburg University Shakespeare Prize (1967) and was elected Member of the Athens Academy for Services to Greek Drama (2004). His many professional awards and nominations include two TONYs (The Homecoming and Amadeus) and four Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 52
    The Peter Hall Diaries - the Story of a Dramatic Battle, edited by John Goodwin, were first published in 1983 and documented his struggle to establish the National Theatre on the South Bank.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hall staged the world premieres of Michael Tippett's The Knot Garden (1970) and New Year (1989). He has a close relationship with Glyndebourne Festival opera where he was Artistic Director (1984-1990) and for whom he directed more than twenty productions including the Mozart/Da Ponte operas.
  • 1982
    Age 51
    Hall married American opera singer Maria Ewing in 1982 with whom he has one daughter, Rebecca.
    More Details Hide Details He is now married to Nicki Frei and they have one child, Emma. Hall has worked with all his children: for the National Theatre, Jennifer Hall played Miranda in The Tempest 1988; Rebecca Hall, aged nine, played young Sophie in the Channel 4 adaptation of The Camomile Lawn, for The Peter Hall Company she played Vivie in Mrs Warren's Profession (2002), Rosalind in As You Like It (2003), Maria in Gallileo's Daughter (2004) and, for the NT, Viola in Twelfth Night (2011); Emma Hall, aged two, played Joseph in Jacob (2004, TV Movie); for the Peter Hall Company, Lucy designed Hamlet (1994), Cuckoos (2003) and Whose Life is it Anyway? (2005); Christopher produced the Channel 4 television drama The Final Passage (1996); Edward co-directed the stage epic Tantalus (2000).
  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 42
    Hall was appointed Director of The National Theatre in 1973 and led the organisation for fifteen years until 1988.
    More Details Hide Details He supervised the move from the Old Vic to the new purpose-built complex on The South Bank "in the face of wide-spread scepticism and violent union unrest, turning a potential catastrophe into the great success story it remains today." Frustrated by construction delays, Hall decided to move the company into the still-unfinished building and to open it theatre by theatre as each neared completion. Extracts from his production of Tamburlaine the Great with Albert Finney were performed out on the terraces, free to passers-by. Hall directed thirty-three productions for the NT including the world premieres of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land (1975, with Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud) and Betrayal (1978), Peter Shaffer's Amadeus (1979, with Paul Scofield and Simon Callow), and the London and Broadway premieres of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce. Other landmark productions included The Oresteia (1981, in a version by Tony Harrison with music by Harrison Birtwistle) which became the first Greek play to be performed by a foreign company at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus; his own adaptation of Animal Farm (1984); and Antony and Cleopatra (1987, with Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 37
    Peter Hall left the RSC in 1968 after almost ten years as its Director.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The company not only played in Stratford but expanded into the Aldwych Theatre, its first London home. Hall's many productions for the RSC included Hamlet (1965, with David Warner), The Government Inspector (1966, with Paul Scofield), the world premiere of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming (1965) and The Wars of the Roses (1963) adapted with John Barton from Shakespeare's history plays. The latter was described as "the greatest Shakespearian event in living memory which also laid down the doctrine of Shakespearian relevance to the modern world."
  • 1956
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 24
    From 1955-1957 Hall ran The Arts Theatre, London where he directed the English-language premiere of Waiting for Godot.
    More Details Hide Details The production's huge success transformed his career overnight and attracted the attention, among others, of Tennessee Williams for whom he would direct the London premieres of Camino Real (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Harold Pinter. Other notable productions at The Arts included the English language premiere of The Waltz of the Toreadors by Jean Anouilh.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    1954 to 1955 saw Hall as the Director of the Oxford Playhouse where he directed several notable young actors including Ronnie Barker and Billie Whitelaw.
    More Details Hide Details Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith were also part of the company as acting Assistants Stage Managers.
  • 1953
    Age 22
    He served on the University Amateur Dramatic Club (ADC) committee before graduating in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Hall staged his first professional play, The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham, at The Theatre Royal Windsor.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on November 22, 1930.
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