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My favourite work


My memorable work
Peter Hall Theatre director
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[Q] Of all the work you've done, if you were to pick out four or five pieces that were particularly memorable. Which would you pick out? I know which I would.

It's almost an impossible question.

[Q] Really Peter?

Yes, yes. The…. The… that Godot that I just spoke of in Bath has to figure. I mean going… going way, way, way, way back, the Twelfth Night at Stratford with Dorothy Tutin and Geraldine McEwan, the Troilus and Cressida in the Sand, the whole of the Wars of the RosesThe Homecoming — Pinter play. The Oresteia? The Oresteia. That was new country. I've always been obsessed by masks because of this thing of, finding the form and then finding the feeling. Now, if you have the form of a mask put on you, you have to deal with the feeling.

British-born theatre director, Sir Peter Hall (1930-2017), ran the Arts Theatre where, in 1955, he directed the English-language premiere of 'Waiting for Godot' by Samuel Beckett. He also founded the Royal Shakespeare Company when he was only 29, and directed the National Theatre from 1973 to 1988. He was at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon for two season from 1957-1959. He also directed 'Akenfield' for London Weekend Television and ran the Peter Hall Company, which has 40 productions worldwide to its name. In 1963, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and in 1977 was knighted for his contribution to the theatre. In 1999, he was also honoured with a Laurence Olivier Award.

Listeners: John Goodwin

Head of Press at the National Theatre (1974-1988), and earlier at the RSC (1960-1974), John Goodwin is the author of a best-selling paperback, A short Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, and co-author of Trader Faulkner's one-man show, Losing My Marbles. He is also editor of the play, Sappho, based on Alphonse Daudet's novel, and editor of a number of successful books, among them, Peter Hall's Diaries, and, British Theatre Design - the modern age.

Tags: Waiting for Godot, Bath, Royal Theatre Bath, Twelfth Night, Stratford-upon-Avon, RSC, Royal Shakespeare Company, Troilus and Cressida, The Sands Centre, The Wars of the Roses, The Homecoming, The Oresteia, Dorothy Tutin, Geraldine McEwan, Harold Pinter

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008