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Sir Peter Hall - a life in theatre

I was very sad when I heard last week that Sir Peter Hall had passed away. We knew he wasn't well, but it's the passing of an era and there's to be no more of this person's genius and contribution to the world. 

Most of my life has been focused around theatre and developing artists. Peter Hall was a big influence and figured hugely in my 12 years at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as the director of the Masterclass programme (for 10 of those years). The picture here, from Miro Magazine, is how I'd like to remember him - talking to people about theatre, about Shakespeare, passing on his knowledge and immersive passion for it. 

I went to work for Arnold Crook, the owner of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, back at the start of 1999. Arnold, passionate about this theatre, passionate about the need for young people to have chances and aspiration in life, had asked Peter Hall to become the founding patron of a project they called Masterclass - opening up this most beautiful of th…

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