Theater: A Realm of Inspired Ritual

ORPHEUS DESCENDING

by Tennessee Williams

Peter Hall neither writes plays nor acts in them, yet no history of the postwar British stage could run much longer than a paragraph without mentioning his name. Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, successor to Laurence Olivier as director of the National Theater from 1973 to last summer, he is the embodiment of the subsidized institutions that make Britain the envy of most U.S. drama fans. Even shows that bring Hall to Broadway -- including The Homecoming (1967) and Amadeus (1981), which won him Tony Awards for best director -- often originate in...

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