West End to dim lights in memory of Peter Hall

Peter Hall. Photo: Tristram Kenton Peter Hall. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Venues across the West End will dim their lights on Friday, September 15, in memory of the founder of Royal Shakespeare Company, Peter Hall.

Hall died on September 11 at University College Hospital in London. He founded the RSC in 1960, aged 29, and later became the director at the National Theatre in 1973.

The lights will be dimmed before evening performances in the West End, and also on Broadway, on September 15.

This tradition honouring theatre’s most prestigious contributors last occurred in the West End to mark the death of theatre impresario James M Nederlander in 2016.

The chief executive of Society of London Theatre, Julian Bird, said: “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.”

Charlotte St Martin, president of the Broadway League, commented that 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”.

Previous individuals to be honoured in this way include actor Donald Sinden.