The Perse School

New Perse performing arts centre to be named in honour of Sir Peter Hall

20 Oct 2017

The Perse School’s brand new performing arts centre is to be named after celebrated late former student Sir Peter Hall.

The internationally renowned director of theatre, opera, television and film died last month after a long illness.

For more than half a century, Peter had a huge influence on the artistic life of this country, establishing the Royal Shakespeare Company and moving the national Theatre from the Old Vic to its home on the South Bank during his 15-year reign as director.

Following this, he formed The Peter Hall Company in 1988, and was a founding director of the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Throughout his career, Peter was also a major champion of public funding for the arts.

The Perse played a part in developing his artistic career. Peter gained a scholarship to the School in 1941 and became Head Boy in 1949 – the same year he starred in the Perse Players’ production of Hamlet.

Peter was especially grateful to two of his former teachers at The Perse for funding his first production of Jean Anouilh’s Point of Departure at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Peter valued his Perse education and in his honour, with the kind agreement of his family, the School’s new performing arts centre is to be named after him.

Designed by award-winning theatre architects Haworth Tompkins, the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre is nearing completion and will be officially opened in March 2018.

Head Ed Elliott said: “We hope that Peter’s remarkable career in the creative arts will serve as an example and inspiration to future generations of pupils.”

“We are very excited about the drama, music, debating, art, public speaking and lecture opportunities created by the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, and we are very honoured that the Hall family are supporting the project.”

To find out more about supporting the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, click here.


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