Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, CBE (born 22 November 1930) is an English theatre and film director. Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company (1960–68) and directed the National Theatre (1973–88). He has also been prominent in defending public subsidy of the arts in Britain.
Hall was born at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, the son of Grace Florence (née Pamment) and Reginald Edward Arthur Hall, a stationmaster. Hall attended The Perse School in Cambridge after securing a scholarship to read English at university there, but first had to fulfil a brief National Service where he was posted to the RAF Headquarters for Education in Bückerberg, Germany. He produced and acted in several productions while at the University of Cambridge, was on the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club Committee 1952-3, and graduated in 1953 from St Catharine’s College. During the same year, he staged his first professional play at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
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Like Dreyer's Gertrud, a great example of a filmed play still managing to be cinematic (thanks to David Watkin's dp work likely). The cast is uniformly amazing in this dark story pregnant with history, pain and meaning one doesn't always understand. Pinter's dialogue is wonderful in getting at how people accidently reveal themselves while rambling on about something else of little technical importance.