Ex-theatre director Sir Peter Hall dies aged 86

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The former director of the National Theatre founded the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Sir Peter Hall prepares to present the 50th Anniversary Special Award for a Playwright during the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2004 at the National Theatre in central London.

Sir Peter Hall has died aged 86, the National Theatre has announced.

Sir Peter, the former director of the theatre, died on September 11 at University College Hospital surrounded by his family, a statement said.

He founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 and was appointed as the National’s director in 1973.

He was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Nicki and children Christopher, Jennifer, Edward, Lucy, Rebecca, Emma and nine grandchildren.

A private family funeral service will be held and details of a public memorial will be announced in due course.

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