Theatre legend, Sir Peter Hall, dies aged 86, while battling dementia
Theatre legend, Sir Peter Hall, dies aged 86, while battling dementia
Theatre world loses ‘colossus’ behind the RSC Sir Peter Hall
by Daniel Binns
13 September, 2017, 02:31
"Sir Peter's contributions to theatre are immeasurable".
Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, when he was just 29, and led it for eight years, establishing a company of talented actors, directors and designers with bases in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.
"We all stand on the shoulders of giants and Peter Hall's shoulders supported the entirety of British theater as we know it", said National Theater director Rufus Norris in a statement. In 1955, he directed the London premiere of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", a play that confounded as many viewers as it enchanted.
He also gave world premieres to Harold Pinter'sThe Homecoming, No Man's Land and Betrayal.
But throughout his career he encouraged modern work and treated it with equal respect.
An adaptation of The Oresteia by Yorkshire poet Tony Harrison at the National in 1981, with the performers in full mask, divided critics. He also produced the Antony and Cleopatra in the year 1987 which had Dame Judi Dench and Antony Hopkins as the main actors.
Fondly remembered Sir Peter with actress daughter Rebecca Hall
Hall made his Royal Opera House debut in 1965 with the United Kingdom premiere of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, in collaboration with music director Georg Solti, and returned the following year with a new production of The Magic Flute, sung in English and conducted by Solti, for which Hall carefully re-created the original 1791 stage directions. His last production at the National Theater was "Twelfth Night" in 2011.
"Peter Hall was an internationally celebrated stage director and theater impresario, whose influence on the artistic life of Britain in the 20th century was unparalleled", the statement said. Without him there would have been no Royal Shakespeare Company.
Patrick Stewart said Hall had "transformed classical and modern United Kingdom theatre and gave me a career".
His energy undimmed, Sir Peter campaigned to get the Rose theatre, Kingston, replicating an Elizabethan layout, funded and built, celebrating its opening in 2008.
Actress Vanessa Redgrave, who worked with Sir Peter in Stratford, on Broadway and later, with her daughter Joely Richardson, with the Peter Hall Company, said she was sending his family "lots of love". Without him too it's entirely possible that the National Theatre's move to its contentious concrete home on the South Bank in the mid-70s, at a time of industrial unrest, would have ended on a decisive note of disaster. "A great director and shaper of British theatre". "He always had something brilliant and incisive to say about a production that made me think 'I wish you'd told me that before!'"
Cassini spacecraft's amazing photos of Saturn, rings & moons
In the 13 years that Cassini's been studying Saturn and its moons, it's flown by Titan pretty much every month for over a decade. Even though Cassini was sterilized before launching from Earth in 1997, it is possible some microbes survived on the spacecraft.
How does Gigi make wearing ONE shoe look better than we make wearing two!? Bella and Gigi Hadid at the Anna Sui spring '18 show. Gigi Hadid suffered a serious wardrobe malfunction at New York Fashion Week when she walked the runway with just one shoe.
A Miami resident has been documenting the turbulent floods and high winds from his high-rise home as Hurricane Irma hits Florida. Florida's coastal and southern areas have been evacuated since last week with a record 6.3 million people leaving their homes.
Chen called the game a "romantic social game", stating that it's meant for even the most casual gamers to be able to get into. Sky's controls are minimized for casual play, with the game playable using only one finger on a remote or smartphone.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Scooter Braun was part of the team that put this event together along with Bun B . A Benefit for Hurricane Relief today announced additional beneficiaries in the wake of Hurricane Irma's devastation.
The charges came after a number of people were detained by officers from West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit last week. The men were among five arrested on September 5 as part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation.
The Prime Minister raised a court case involving US-based Boeing and Canada's Bombardier during a call to the President last week. The call came at the urging of the Democratic Unionist Party, whose ten MPs prop up the Conservatives' minority government.
Drivers are being urged to take extra care on motorways and major A roads overnight and tomorrow morning during Storm Aileen. The yellow warning for wind applies to south east England, but the rain warning does not affect the area.
JoAnn Manson, one of the study's authors, and chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. Each of these behaviors is important and has an independent effect on cardiovascular disease and mortality. - says Dr.
The reserved election system and heightened eligibility criteria have now made it hard for the office to be a truly elected one. She graduated from the University of Singapore with a law degree and went on to work for a national trade union organization.
Mauricio Pochettino has never been a lucky man with Spurs in the Champions League and will be relishing the clashes at Wembley. The French outfit spent more than 350 million euros on the pair, purchasing them from Barcelona and AS Monaco respectively.
The end of the federal investigation without charges means no officers will be held criminally responsible for Gray's death. DOJ has been investigating whether police officers violated Gray's civil rights during the events that led to his death.
After days of major difficulties in communicating with the island, "some communication" has now been restored, he said. French President Emmanuel Macron flew into Guadeloupe and was heading to the hard-hit French-Dutch island of St.
British theater director Peter Hall dies aged 86
Sir Peter Hall was the former director of the National Theatre and the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company . He gave me my first break as an actor. "Sir Peter bestrode the world of British theatre like a colossus".
Chepstow photographer wins 'monkey selfie' legal battle
Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower-court decision that said animals can not own copyrights. Attorneys for the group and the photographer, David Slater , on Monday asked the San Francisco-based 9th U.S.
Nordstrom to open California store with no inventory
More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone! Of course, this is still an experiment, and it's unclear whether it will pay off. It's an innovative solution to the problem of over-investment in retail space-which some have called a retail bubble .
Florida east coast may have power back by Sunday
It may be weeks before some get their power back, because electrical systems in some areas may need rebuilding, FPL has warned. Across the country, only about 20 percent of US power lines are underground, the Energy Information Agency reports.