Sir Peter Hall, former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company has died, aged 86.
He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said in a statement. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.
In a career that spanned over 50 years, Sir Peter Hall staged the UK premier of
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Homecoming.
He founded the RSC at the age of just 29 in 1960 and led the company until 1968. He became the director of the National Theatre in 1973, and oversaw its move from the Old Vic to the South Bank, where it continues to reside.
Hall left the National Theatre in 1988, and went on to form the Peter Hall Company. In 2003 became the founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Among his final productions, in 2011, were Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Theatre Royal Bath and Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, which starred his daughter, the actor Rebecca Hall.
An outpour of tributes followed the news of his passing, including tweets from Patrick Stewart and Toby Stephens, both of whom acknowledge his help in kickstarting their career
The man who created The Royal Shakespeare Co, Sir Peter Hall, has died. He transformed classical and modern UK theatre and gave me a career.— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 12, 2017
Hall is survived by his wife, Nicki, and children Christopher, Jennifer, Edward, Lucy, Rebecca and Emma. There will be a private family funeral and details of a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
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