Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Hall_(director)
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1930.
Countries: United Kingdom (74%), France (6%), United States (3%)
Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, Kingston University, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, University of Bath
Peggy Ashcroft - She stayed at the top of the British theatrical profession throughout her career, with some of the highlights "Three Sisters" in which she played Irina, "The Heiress" , "Antony and Cleopatra" , "As You Like It" and "Cymbeline" , "The Taming of the Shrew" , and "The War of the Roses", the Royal Shakespeare Company's massive landmark compendium of the three "Henry VI" plays and "Richard III", directed by Peter Hall for the RSC in 1963
In August 1955, he directed the English-language premiere of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett at the Arts Theatre, London
Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, at the age of 29
Ondine (play) - The London premiere of "Ondine" was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961, directed by Peter Hall, with Leslie Caron in the title role, and a cast that included Richard Johnson, Diana Rigg, Eric Porter, Clive Swift, Sian Phillips, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Roy Dotrice, Ian Holm and Peter Jeffrey
Glyndebourne Festival Opera - 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"
He was director of the National Theatre from 1973 to 1988 and was a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain resigning from the latter role in protest over cuts in public funding
Elizabeth Spriggs - Spriggs was a regular performer with the RSC under Peter Hall until 1976, playing many important Shakespearean roles, including Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet", an acclaimed Gertrude in "Hamlet" opposite David Warner, Calpurnia in "Julius Caesar", Mistress Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and a witty Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing"
In 1983 he presented a new production of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" at Bayreuth, with Sir Georg Solti conducting
He later presented the production, starring Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway in 1989
In 1999, he was presented with a Laurence Olivier award
He was appointed Chancellor of Kingston University in 2000
He was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath in 2006
Sir Peter Hall is Director Emeritus of the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames which opened in January 2008, and which draws design inspiration from the original Rose theatre
In 2010 the Rose had a sellout run of his production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Judi Dench playing Titania
Judi Dench - In 2010, she renewed her collaboration with Peter Hall at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which opened in February 2010; she played Titania as Queen Elizabeth I in her later years – almost 50 years after she first played the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company
On 11 September 2017, Hall died at University College Hospital, London, surrounded by family