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Broadway dims its lights in memory of Sir Peter Hall


Sir Peter Hall 1930 - 2017
Sir Peter Hall 1930 - 2017

In accordance with The Broadway League, the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights on Friday, September 15, 2017 in memory of Sir Peter Hall, two-time Tony Award-winning director, producer, presenter and artist.

Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, commented:

Peter Hall was an unrelenting advocate for the arts who worked tirelessly to bring new life to classic works and introduced new work that became classics. With every project, he pushed himself to explore, experiment and always seek the truth. He didn’t just make theatre, he created an environment for it to thrive by founding and leading some of the most respected organizations in the industry. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Sir Peter Hall was born in Bury St. Edmunds in England on November 22, 1930 and passed away on September 11, 2017 in London at the age of 86. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm on September 15 for one minute.

In addition, the Society of London Theatre has confirmed that the marquee lights in London's West End will also be dimmed on September 15 at 7pm (BST) for one minute.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre, added:

Sir Peter Hall’s impact on the arts is immeasurable. As a visionary Artistic Director, and multiple Tony and Olivier Award winner, he changed the theatrical landscape forever. From the companies he founded, to the institutions he shaped and built, his legacy lives on in the many thousands of people he worked with and inspired. Throughout his life he was a tireless advocate for the power of theatre and the important role it should play in people’s lives, his voice, passion and ideas will be missed by all.”
Sir Peter Hall made his Broadway directorial debut in 1957 with "The Rope Dancers." He won Tony Awards for "The Homecoming" in 1967 and for "Amadeus" in 1981. He also earned Tony nominations for directing "Old Times" in 1972, "Bedroom Farce" in 1979, "Betrayal" in 1980, "The Merchant of Venice" in 1990, "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun" in 1992, and "An Ideal Husband" in 1996. He was last represented on the Great White Way by the 1999 revival of "Amadeus." Hall was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2005.

In the UK, he is best known for founding the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1968 (at the young age of 29) and for his tenure as director of the National Theatre in London from 1973 to 1988. He was knighted in 1977 for his services to the theatre and also honored with the Olivier Award for lifetime achievement in 1999.

- by Tom Millward

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