Peter Hall (director)

English theatre and film director

Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall CBE (22 November 1930 – 11 September 2017) was a British director, playwright and actor.

Sir Peter Hall
Peter Reginald Frederick Hall

(1930-11-22)22 November 1930
Died11 September 2017(2017-09-11) (aged 86)
London, England
OccupationDirector, actor, playwright
Years active1953–2011
  • Leslie Caron
    (1956–1965; divorced)
  • Jacqueline Taylor
    (1965–1981; divorced)
  • Maria Ewing
    (1982–1990; divorced)
  • Nicola (Nicki) Frei
    (1990–2017; his death)


In 1955 he introduced London audiences to the work of Samuel Beckett with the UK premiere of Waiting for Godot. Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960–68) and went on to build an international reputation in theatre, opera, movie and television. He was Director of the National Theatre (1973–88) and Artistic Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (1984-1990).

He formed The Peter Hall Company (1998-2011) and became founding director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston in 2003. Throughout his career, he has been a vociferous champion of public funding for the arts.[1]


On the morning of 11 September 2017, Hall died at University College Hospital in London from pneumonia complicated by dementia, aged 86.[2]


  1. Horatia Harrod (30 July 2011). "Interview: Sir Peter Hall". The Telegraph.
  2. "Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86". BBC News. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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