Born in Suffolk in 1930, Peter Reginald Frederick Hall attended St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; he directed his first play while still a student. Hall’s work, both as a stage director and a costume designer, was recognized early on and he began working in cinema in 1968 with «Work Is a 4-Letter Word,» later adding film credits including various operas. He was the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon from 1960 to 1968. In 1973, he took over direction of the National Theater from Lord Olivier. Hall was awarded a CBE in 1963 and knighted in 1977.