Show Business: The Perils of Being Sir Peter

Hall stirs up a stew with his tattling diaries and a new musical "If you can't have a monumental success," Peter Hall confided to his diary in 1972, "I suppose you may as well have a monumental failure." Lately Sir Peter, 53, has been getting his melancholy wish. Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, boss for a decade of the huge National Theater, a noted director of plays, operas and films, Hall has long been the most successful and controversial impresario on the bustling British arts scene. Now he is the bestselling author of...

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