Sir Peter Hall, Groundbreaking British Director, Dies at 86
13 September, 2017, 02:32 | Author: Christian Benson
His career spanned over half a century, in his mid-twenties, he staged the English-language premiere of Waiting for Godot, before setting up the RSC which saw a resident ensemble of actors, diretors and designers staging classic and modern texts in Shakespeare's place of birth - Stratford-upon-Avon - and London.
Sir Nicholas Hytner, its director from 2003 to 2015, said: "Peter Hall was one of the great figures in British theatrical history, up there in a line of impresarios that stretches back to Burbage".
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Appointed director of the National Theatre in 1973, Mr Hall was responsible for the move from the Old Vic theatre to its current home in a purpose-built complex on the South Bank of the River Thames.
'His legendary tenacity and vision created an extraordinary and lasting legacy for us all'. He had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011.
Says David Mirvish: "I was immediately attracted to Sir Peter's ambitious plans".
Sir Patrick said the director "transformed classical and modern United Kingdom theatre and gave me a career".
'Our honest thoughts and sympathies are with Sir Peter's family and friends at this sad time'.
He was the company's artistic director from 1984 to 1990, and he played a key role in its decision to build a larger theatre, resulting in the creation of the new opera house.
The director, who founded the Peter Hall Company, was married four times. He is survived by his fourth wife, Nicki; six children, including the actress Rebecca Hall ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"); and nine grandchildren.
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