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Tributes pour in after the death of Sir Peter Hall

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 18, 2017

Sir Peter Hall from a painting by his daughter Jenny Caron Hall

Tributes have poured in this week for that colossus of the theatre Sir Peter Hall who has died aged 86.

Sir Peter was a formidable talent and hugely influential.  As founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former director of the National Theatre, he cared passionately about the  theatrical arts and followed his own vision. He tore up the rule book and changed theatre forever. Thankfully for us all his vision was unerringly good and he nurtured some great talents and launched the careers of many of our finest actors. His charismatic leadership and artistic genius was mentioned gain and again in tributes. 

As Rufus Norris, current director of the National Theatre, said: "We all stand on the shoulders of giants and Peter Hall’s shoulders supported the entirety of British theatre as we know it.” Gyles Brandreth tweeted: RIP Sir Peter Hall was extraordinary: the maker of much of modern theatre as we know it, hugely gifted, an artist, an operator, & great fun”

Other tweets came from Laurence Fox who said “He gave me my first theatre job, and boy did he whip you into shape...Rest in peace Sir Peter.” and Sir Patric Stewart who said: 

“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”