Laurence Olivier
(Movies & TV)
Peggy Ashcroft
(Movies & TV)
Georg Solti
Ronnie Barker
(Movies & TV)
Samuel Beckett
Ian Holm
(Movies & TV)

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Peter Hall (director)

Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Hall_(director)


Peter Hall (director)

English theatre and film director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1930.

Countries: United Kingdom (74%), France (6%), United States (3%)

Main connections: Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Georg Solti

Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, Kingston University, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, University of Bath




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Peter Hall was born in 1930 add something


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


Peggy Ashcroft - When she first played Beatrice with him in 1950, Gielgud found her performance "a revelation - an impish, rather tactless girl with a curious resemblance to Bea Lillie," while a teenage Peter Hall observed in her "English containment and decency, contrasted with a wild passion


He produced and acted in several productions while at the University of Cambridge, was on the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club Committee 1952-3, and graduated in 1953 from St Catharine's College add something


Emrys James - After training at RADA, in 1953 James joined Peter Hall and John Barton's Oxford Playhouse-based Elizabethan Theatre Company


Ian Holm - He finally graduated from RADA in 1953; whilst there he had been offered 'spear-carrying' roles at Stratford and he stayed there for 13 years, soon graduating to more significant roles and abandoning plans to move on after Peter Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960


From 1954 to 1955 he was at the Oxford Playhouse where he directed several notable young actors such as Ronnie Barker and Roderick Cook and the stage play of Gigi starring French dancer and film actress Leslie Caron add something


In August 1955, he directed the English-language premiere of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett at the Arts Theatre, London add something


Timothy Bateson - Bateson's stage credits included the first British production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in 1955 at the Arts Theatre in London in a production directed by Peter Hall


Ronnie Barker - Peter Hall worked with Barker at Oxford and gave him his break, casting him as the Chantyman and Joe Silva in his production of "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Arts Theatre in London's West End in 1955


He was at Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon for the 1957 to 1959 seasons add something


Geoffrey Keen - He continued to perform on stage, for instance as Iachimo in Peter Hall's 1957 production of "Cymbeline", and a sadistic Turkish General in Terence Rattigan's controversial "Ross"


Richard Johnson (actor) - In 1958 he appeared in Sir Peter Hall's first production at the theatre, "Cymbeline", and the following year in "Twelfth Night"


Robert Hardy - In 1959 he appeared as Sicinius opposite Laurence Olivier in "Coriolanus" at Stratford-upon-Avon, directed by Peter Hall


Vanessa Redgrave - In 1959 she appeared at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre under the direction of Peter Hall as Helena in "A Midsummer's Night Dream" opposite Charles Laughton as Bottom and "Coriolanus" opposite Laurence Olivier , Albert Finney and Edith Evans


Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, at the age of 29 add something


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


Keith Fowler - The production at the Stratford Hippodrome in spring 1961 led the town's veteran drama critic to compliment the non-professionals for daring a type of theater that Sir Peter Hall hesitated to bring to the just-founded Royal Shakespeare Company


Christopher Plummer - He made his London debut on June 11, 1961 playing King Henry II in Jean Anouilh's "Becket" with the RSC at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Peter Hall


Hall was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1963 and in 1977 was knighted for his services to the theatre add something


Vivien Merchant - She played Lady Macbeth to Paul Scofield's Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, directed by Sir Peter Hall


He served as its artistic director from that time until 1968 add something


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" add something


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 add something


Kenneth Tynan - In that same year he returned to his childhood habit of keeping a journal, detailing his last few months at the Royal National Theatre, which he finally left at the end of 1973 after being outmanoeuvred by its new artistic director, Peter Hall


Laurence Olivier - Olivier's career at the National ended, in his view, in betrayal when the theatre's governorship decided to replace him with Peter Hall in 1973 without consulting him on the choice and not informing him of the decision until several months after it had been made.


Julian Orchard - In 1974 Julian Orchard became a member of the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, appearing in Peter Hall's debut production, "The Tempest"


Angela Lansbury - In December 1975, she portrayed Gertrude in the Royal National Theatre, London , production of "Hamlet", directed by Peter Hall


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 add something


Siegmund Nimsgern - Bayreuth Festival - In the years 1983 to 1987, he sang Wotan at the Bayreuth Festival under Georg Solti, Peter Schneider and Peter Hall in "The Ring of the Nibelung"


Coincidentally, it was first staged on 25 April 1984, add something


In 1988 he opened a production of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" in London add something


He later presented the production, starring Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway in 1989 add something


Nathaniel Parker - He portrayed Bassanio in Peter Hall's 1989 production of "The Merchant of Venice" in both London and on Broadway, co-starring with Dustin Hoffman


Chichester Festival Theatre - In 1990, at the Chichester Festival Theatre he directed "Born Again", a musical version of Eugène Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" add something


One of his sons-in-law Glenn Wilhide was the producer of "The Camomile Lawn" which Hall directed for television in 1992 add something


Christopher Hall (producer) - In 1996 he produced The Final Passage, directed by his father Sir Peter Hall, which won BAFTA and RTS awards for Cinematography


Michael Denison - Their intertwined professional lives reached their pinnacle in 1996 with their first appearance together on Broadway, in the Peter Hall production of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"


David Mirvish - In 1997, Mirvish appointed Sir Peter Hall as artistic director of the Old Vic and, again, enjoyed critical acclaim with such productions as "The Master Builder" with Alan Bates and "Waiting for Godot" with Ben Kingsley, but continuing financial loss


In 1999, he was presented with a Laurence Olivier award add something


Dominic Dromgoole - After a period in charge of new plays for Sir Peter Hall's company at the Old Vic, he ran the Oxford Stage Company from 1999 until 2005


He was appointed Chancellor of Kingston University in 2000 add something


Rebecca Hall - In 2004, Hall appeared in three plays for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, two of which her father directed, namely "Man and Superman" in which she played Ann, and "Galileo's Daughter" in which she played Sister Maria Celeste


Dan Stevens - He was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of Orlando in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" for the Peter Hall Company in 2005


He was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bath in 2006 add something


Neil Pearson - Pearson appeared in a touring revival of Sir Peter Hall's production of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" in 2006, and in a production of Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, in 2009


Andrea Riseborough - In 2007 she won the Ian Charleson *award for her performances as Isabella in "Measure For Measure" and as the title character in "Miss Julie" both directed by Sir Peter Hall


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 add something


Kate O'Mara - From August to November 2008, she played Mrs Cheveley in Oscar Wilde's stage play 'An Ideal Husband' directed by Peter Hall and produced by Bill Kenwright


Le Systeme Ribadier - The play was produced in English in 2009 by English Touring Theatre under the direction of Peter Hall


Jane Asher - In October 2009, she appeared as Delia in Peter Hall's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedroom Farce" at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and in her first pantomime, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at Richmond Theatre in December 2009, receiving enthusiastic reviews for both


In 2010 the Rose had a sellout run of his production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Judi Dench playing Titania add something


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


He has six children, all of whom work in the entertainment industry: producer Christopher Hall and actress Jenny Wilhide ; director Edward Hall and theatre designer Lucy Hall ; actress Rebecca Hall ; and Emma Hall who graduated from Cambridge University in 2013 with a first in English add something


In July 2015 a family spokesman disclosed that Sir Peter is suffering from dementia, which was diagnosed in 2011, and is now a resident in the infirmary at The Charterhouse, a medieval former monastery in London which serves as a home to 40 male pensioners add something


It was restored and relaunched in 2016 by the BFI. Hall's film "She's Been Away" was written by Stephen Poliakoff and starred Peggy Ashcroft and Geraldine James who both won awards for their performances at the Venice Film Festival add something


On 11 September 2017, Hall died at University College Hospital, London, surrounded by family add something


"National Theatre", 12 September 2017 add something


"Opera", Vol.68 No.11, November 2017, p1428-32 add something