- Peter Hall (director)
name = Peter Hall
imagesize = 180px
birthname = nowrap|Peter Reginald Frederick Hall
birthdate = birth date and age|1930|11|22|df=y
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
occupation = Director
spouse = Nicola Frei (1990-present)
Jacqueline Taylor (1965-1981)
yearsactive = 1950s-present
tonyawards = Best Direction of a Play
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, Hall attended The Perse Schoolin Cambridgeand went on to the Joint Services School for Linguistsduring his National Servicewhere he learned to speak the Russian language. He produced and acted in several productions while at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1953 from St Catharine's College. During the same year, he staged his first professional play at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
From 1954 to 1955 he was at the
Oxford Playhousewhere he directed the young Ronnie Barker. In August 1955, he directed the English-language premiereof " Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckettat the Arts Theatre, London. During 1956-1959, he then ran that theatre.cite book | last=Hall | first=Peter | title=Making an Exhibition of Myself: The Autobiography of Peter Hall | pages=pp. 101, 435ff | location=London | publisher=Sinclair-Stevenson | year=1993 | isbn=1840021152] He was at Royal Shakespeare Theatrein Stratford-on-Avonfor the 1957 to 1959 seasons. There, his productions included: " Cymbeline" with Peggy Ashcroft; "Coriolanus" with Laurence Olivierand Edith Evans; and " A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Charles Laughton.
Hall is best known for his work with the
Royal Shakespeare Companywhich he founded in 1960, at the age of only 29. He served as its artistic director from that time until 1968. He was director of the Royal National Theatrefrom 1973 to 1988 and was also a member of the Arts Council of Great Britainresigning in protest from both roles in protest over cuts in public funding. After leaving the National Theatre he founded his own company directing a series of productions at the Old Vic.
In 1990, at the
Chichester Festival Theatrehe directed "Born Again", a musical version of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros (play). For this Hall also wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the libretto with Julian Barry, for the music they hired British composer Jason Carr(it was Carr's first professional musical). Many years later one of the show's song's "When I Was Out This Morning" (with lyrics by Hall) was included on Carr's composer compilation album.
His latest project is as director of the Rose Theatre at
Kingston upon Thameswhich opened in 2008, and which draws design inspiration from the original Rose theatre. In its basic shell prior to fit out, it has seen a sell out run of his production of " As You Like It".
hall was made a
Commander of the Order of the British Empirein 1963 and in 1977 was knighted for his services to the theatre. In 1999, he was presented with a Laurence Olivier Award. He was appointed Chancellor of Kingston Universityin 2000.
Hall married four times. His first was to French actress
Leslie Caron, followed by Jacqueline Taylor, opera soprano, Maria Ewing, and present wife Nicola Frei. His diaries were published in 1983. One of his children is the actress Rebecca Halland another is the director, Edward Hall.
An Ideal Husband" August 25, 2008- November 29, 2008.
The Vortex" ( Noel Coward) November 13, 2007- December 1, 2007Theatre Royal Windsor.
Amy's View" (David Hare) November 28, 2006- February 17, 2007
Amadeus" December 15, 1999- May 14, 2000
An Ideal Husband" May 1, 1996- Jan 26, 1997
Four Baboons Adoring the Sun" March 18, 1992- April 19, 1992
*"Born Again" September 1990 Chichester Festival Theatre
The Merchant of Venice" December 19, 1989- March 10, 1990
Orpheus Descending" September 24, 1989- December 17, 1989
December 18, 1986- January 11, 1987
The Petition" April 24, 1986- June 29, 1986
*"Jean Seberg" (world première at the Royal National Theatre)
December 1, 1983- April 4, 1984
Amadeus" (world première at the Royal National Theatre) December 17, 1980- October 16, 1983
January 5, 1980- May 31, 1980
*"Bedroom Farce" (Originally produced by The Royal National Theatre)
March 29, 1979- November 24, 1979
No Man's Land" (Originally produced by The Royal National Theatre) November 9, 1976- December 18, 1976
The Misanthrope" (Originally produced by The Royal National Theatre) March 12, 1975- May 31, 1975
As You Like It" (Produced by arrangement with The Royal National Theatre) December 3, 1974- December 8, 1974
Saturday Sunday Monday" (Produced by arrangement with The Royal National Theatre) November 21, 1974- November 30, 1974
Via Galactica" November 28, 1972- December 2, 1972
Old Times" November 16, 1971- February 26, 1972
The Homecoming" (Original production by Peter Hall; By arrangement with the Governorsof The Royal Shakespeare Company) January 5, 1967- October 14, 1967
Waiting for Godot" (English-language première) (at the Arts Theatre) August 1955
*"Wars of the Roses", adaptation of the "
Henry VI" and "Richard III" plays, the Royal Shakespeare Company 1963-1964
* [http://www.fathom.com/contributors/4557.html Fathom biography]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1555060,00.html Godot almighty] by Peter Hall
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