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Suffolk-born RSC and National Theatre director Sir Peter Hall dies

PUBLISHED: 16:43 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:36 17 September 2017

Sir Peter Hall  at the official opening of the historic Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds in 2007. 
PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Sir Peter Hall at the official opening of the historic Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds in 2007. PICTURE ANDY ABBOTT

Theatre giant Sir Peter Hall has died after a long illness. Born in Suffolk, he returned to the county to direct the film of Akenfield. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at his life and career.

Sir Peter Hall, Peggy Cole , Ronald Blythe and Garrow Shand share their memories of Akenfield at Charsfield Church.Sir Peter Hall, Peggy Cole , Ronald Blythe and Garrow Shand share their memories of Akenfield at Charsfield Church.

Suffolk-born theatre legend Sir Peter Hall has died aged 86, the National Theatre have announced. The son of a Bury St Edmunds station master, Sir Peter was the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company before taking over the National Theatre from Sir Laurence Olivier.

He was born in Bury St Edmunds in November 1930 and although he was a major player on the national and world stage, he never forgot his Suffolk roots and he retained a special love for Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal.

In 2004, he agreed to become President of the theatre’s restoration appeal, and granted a rare interview with the EADT to explain his on-going love for the Georgian playhouse.

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