12 September 2017

Peter Hall, 86, Transformative Force in English-Speaking Theater and Opera for More than Fifty Years, has Died

Bury St Edmunds, England, November 22, 1930—London, England, September 11, 2017

A DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER who was a transformative force in the English-speaking theater for more than fifty years, Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, at twenty-nine, and led it to international acclaim. He was director of Britain’s National Theatre from 1973 to 1988, during which time the company moved from the Old Vic Theatre to its new home on the South Bank. In 1988, he formed the Peter Hall Company, which presented shows in England and the U.S., and was founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2003. Hall directed the English-language premiere of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the world premieres of eight Harold Pinter plays, including The Homecoming and No Man’s Land.

Also a distinguished director of opera, Hall staged productions at Bayreuth, where he directed a complete Ring cycle in 1983; Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his credits included the 2005 company premiere of Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage; Los Angeles Opera, where he collaborated with designer Gerald Scarfe on a much-revived Zauberflöte; and Glyndebourne, where he was artistic director from 1984 to 1990. Hall’s two productions for the Metropolitan Opera were Macbeth (1982) and Carmen (1986). spacer 

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