SIR PETER HALL, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 30, has been praised as a ‘colossus’ of theatre after his death at 86.
The former National Theatre director, known for giving modern works the same platform as the classics, had battled dementia. He died on Monday at London’s University College Hospital surrounded by his family.
Sir Peter founded the RSC in 1960, insisting on a permanent company with a home in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.
In 1972, he joined the National and oversaw its move across London from The Old Vic to the South Bank.
Current director Gregory Doran called him a ‘colossus and a visionary’. The RSC said: ‘Not only was he a great director, he was a politician who fought for the arts.’
Suffolk-born Sir Peter leaves widow Nicki, children Christopher, Jennifer, Edward, Lucy, Rebecca and Emma, and nine grandchildren.