The founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Former National Theater director, Sir Peter Hall passed away at the age of 86 at the University Hospital in London. He was surrounded by his family during his last moments as reported by the National Theatre.
He had a huge contribution in making the literary work come to life and made them possible to be show cased as perfectly as possible. He staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of “Harold Pinter’s Homecoming”. His works included the London and Broadway premieres of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroon Farce. He also produced the Antony and Cleopatra in the year 1987 which had Dame Judi Dench and Antony Hopkins as the main actors. He also directed his own daughter, Rebecca Hall, in 2003, in the production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like it.” His last production at the National Theater was the Twelfth Night in 2011.
Sir Peter Hall was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. He brought a kind of revolution in the British Theater as the theaters moved from the Old-Vic to the purpose-built complex on South Bank. He had a huge play role in making acting careers of some well-known people. So he was given tribute after he departed for his final journey.
Sir Patrick Stewart tweeted “The man who created The Royal Shakespeare’s Co, Sir Peter Hall, has died. He transformed classical and modern UK theatre and gave me career.”
Whereas Toby Stephens paid tribute and tweeted “so sad to hear the death of ‘Sir Peter Hall’. He gave me my first break as an actor. A great director and shaper of British Theatre.”
The 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. All of us, including the new generation of theatre-makers not immediately touched by his influence, are in debt. His legendary tenacity and vision created an extra ordinary and lasting legacy for us all.”
Whenever an artist dies he never dies entirely his work and legacy stays and keeps on going for ever. His work can never get old and be completely forgotten by anyone. He always creates a benchmark with his work and stays in the society, stays in the literature forever.