Broadway and the West End will dim their lights in memory of Tony-winning director, producer, and theatrical innovator Sir Peter Hall, who died September 11 at the age of 86.
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed September 15 at 7:45 PM ET for one minute, and dimmed on the West End in London for one minute at 7 PM BST.
As a director, Mr. Hall received nine Tony Award nominations for productions including An Ideal Husband (1996), Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (1992), The Merchant of Venice (1989), Betrayal (1980), Bedroom Farce (1979), Old Times (1971), and The Rope Dancers (1957). He won in 1981 for Amadeus and in 1967 for The Homecoming.
“Peter 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,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement. “With every project, he pushed himself to explore, experiment and always seek the truth. He didn’t just make theatre, he created an environment for it to thrive by founding and leading some of the most respected organizations in the industry. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Julian Bird, chief executive of Society of London Theatre, added, “Sir Peter Hall’s impact on the arts is immeasurable. 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. Throughout his life he was a tireless advocate for the power of theatre and the important role it should play in people’s lives, his voice, passion and ideas will be missed by all.”
Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, Mr. Hall remained there until 1968. Later, he was named director of the National Theatre and oversaw the move from the Old Vic to its current home on the South Bank. He also created the Peter Hall Company in 1988 and in 2003 became the founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston.