Sir Peter Hall, Groundbreaking British Director, Dies at 86

13 September, 2017, 02:32 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Waiting for Godot: Peter Woodthorpe Paul Daneman and Peter Bull

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".

Hall was devoted to the idea of theatre without commercialism and even after leaving the National he worked to achieve this ideal through The Peter Hall Company, which he set up in 1989. Other plays that made the trek from London to Toronto were Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, starring John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson (1979), Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce (1979); Animal Farm (1986); Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, starring Alan Bates and Gemma Jones (1996).

"Peter Hall was an internationally celebrated stage director and theatre impresario, whose influence on the artistic life of Britain in the 20th century was unparalleled", it said.

A host of actors, including Sir Patrick Stewart and Laurence Fox, tweeted tributes.

Irma storm surge floods Miami streets
Some AL.com readers have reported no or low gas availability in some towns along the I-65 evacuation route. Most projections show the hurricane weakening only slightly as it travels upwards through the whole state.


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'.

Florida Keys compared to 'war zone' after Category 4 Irma rakes islands
Two-thirds of the State remains without power, and cities, households and businesses face billions of dollars in clean-up costs. It was the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until it was surpassed by Katrina in 2005.


He left the National in 1988 and formed the Peter Hall Company, and went on to become the founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2003.

"The Acting Company, which comprised of 35 actors, was a who's who of British theatre and film, including Rupert Graves, Felicity Kendal, Geraldine McEwan, Gemma Jones and Michael Pennington".

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.

Oppo A71, priced at Rs 12990 launched in India
The phone will be available through both retail stores and e-commerce sites such as Flipkart , Amazon and Paytm from today. In terms of hardware, the phone is powered by a MediaTek MT66750T octa-core 1.5 GHz processor and a Mali-T860 MP2 GPU.


Recommended:



Popular

LA Lakers Retiring BOTH of Kobe Bryant's Numbers!
However, the day before the draft, the Lakers traded center Vlade Divac to the Hornets for their draft rights. Over 67 career games against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant averaged 27.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Thatgamecompany announces Sky for iOS, Apple TV
Sky will have an orchestral soundtrack and, thanks to the 810X fusion chip on the new Apple TV , looks handsome . Today (September 12), during Apple's iPhone event, thatgamecompany returned to announce their new game Sky .

FPL Making Progress In Powering Up Miami-Dade & Broward
Power losses in Georgia, which were nearing 900,000 as of 3 pm EDT, were expected to increase as the storm moved north. Many residents in Central Florida are in the dark as utility crews assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma .

DOJ Agrees With Arpaio And Says His Case Should Be Dismissed
Trump last month pardoned Arpaio for the contempt conviction and for "any other offenses" that may arise from that case. It lays out three arguments for challenging the pardon .

Met Eireann issues status yellow warning for THESE counties
Winds could touch 60mph along the southwestern coasts through this morning (Monday) with 70mph gales forecast later on Tuesday. On Sunday, Met √Čireann issued a similar Status Yellow warning with Mayo, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim included on the list.

U.S. presses for UNSC vote on North Korea sanctions this Monday
However Pyongyang has ignored Seoul's offers of outreach and cooperation, including holding reunions of separated families. The exercises aren't threatening North Korea in the way its nuclearization is threatening Asia and the United States.

Hurricane Jose has weakened but will linger over Atlantic for days
That means Hurricane Irma's ultimate path and eventual decay could play an important role in determining where Jose ends up. It is sporting sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with gusts up to 92 miles per hour .

Hurricane Irma: Naples, Florida mayor says city "dodged" storm surge predictions
About 5,000 of the Keys' 30,000 permanent residents stayed to ride out the storm, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said. Millions of people have been left without power, streets have been flooded and roofs have been ripped off homes.

Electric Cooperative: Convoy of Trucks Headed to SC to Help Restore Power
The Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative has requested 23 crews from outside their territory to aid in restoration efforts. Once we are in the clear, Scott says they anticipate sending 50 to 100 line workers to assist later in the week.

Hurricane Irma weakens to tropical depression
Meanwhile, heavy equipment was seen moving to clear road debris in Florida as chain saws whirred and cleanup crews fanned out. But by the time it struck in the middle of the night Monday, its winds were down to 100 miles per hour (161 kph) or less.