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9 Marvellous Things Director Peter Hall Did For British Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company founder and former National Theatre director has died aged 86.

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Sir Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), has died aged 86.

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He was instrumental in changing the landscape of British theatre and opera, directing landmark performances and founding what are now British institutions. Here are some of his stand-out moments.

1. In 1955 Hall put on the first British performance of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in London.

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(This is Waiting for Godot performed in 2015.)

4. During his tenure there, he directed the world premiere of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming in 1965.

5. But his most notable production while there was The Wars of the Roses, a three-part adaptation of four of Shakespeare's history plays.

6. In 1972 he was appointed director of the National Theatre, overseeing its move to the South Bank – and turned widespread criticism of the move into acclaim on completion.

7. 1975 saw the world premiere of Pinter's No Man's Land, in which Hall directed John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

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(Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in a promotional still for the play, 2016.)

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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