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Sir Peter Hall
Peter Reginald Frederick Hall

(1930-11-22)22 November 1930
Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England
Died 11 September 2017(2017-09-11) (aged 86)
London, England
Occupation Director, actor, playwright
Years active 1953–2011
  • Leslie Caron
    (1956–1965; divorced)
  • Jacqueline Taylor
    (1965–1981; divorced)
  • Maria Ewing
    (1982–1990; divorced)
  • Nicola (Nicki) Frei
    (1990–2017; his death)
  • Christopher Hall (b. 1957)
  • Jennifer Caron Hall (b. 1958)
  • Edward Hall (b. 1966)
  • Lucy Hall (b. 1969)
  • Rebecca Hall (b. 1982)
  • Emma Hall (b. 1992)

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


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.


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

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