Edward Hall (director)

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Edward Hall (born 27 November 1966) is an English theatre and film director who founded the all-male Propeller Shakespeare company[1] of which he is Artistic Director, in 1997.[2] He also became Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre in 2010. He is known for directing Shakespeare productions, musicals such as Sunny Afternoon[3] and multiple screen productions, including William Boyd's TV adaptation of Restless.


Hall began his professional career as a theatre director at the Watermill Theatre in the early 1990s. At the Watermill, Hall directed a number of Shakespeare plays, including Henry V and The Comedy of Errors. In 1996 he directed Donald Sinden, Patrick Ryecart and Nigel Davenport in a UK tour of N. J. Crisp's drama That Good Night.[4]

In 2002, Hall directed Rose Rage, an adaptation of all three of Shakespeare's Henry VI plays, at the Haymarket Theatre. It was described by The Guardian as "an exhilaratingly surreal and bloody take on Shakespeare."[5]

Although he has for the most part worked in the theatre, Hall has directed some radio and television programmes including Into Exile for BBC Radio 4 and episodes of Trial and Retribution and Marple for television. He directed the 2012 two-part TV miniseries Restless.

Hall took over as Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of the Hampstead Theatre in February 2010 stepping down in Spring 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Hall is the son of the theatre director Sir Peter Hall and his second wife, Jacqueline Taylor. He has several siblings and half siblings and is half-brother of actresses Rebecca Hall and producer Christopher Hall. Hall studied at Leeds University and Mountview Theatre School. He is married to Issy van Randwyck, a Dutch comedian and actress, with whom he has two daughters.

Selected theatre work[edit]


Assistant Director[edit]


  • Restless 2012 two-part TV miniseries
  • Kingdom (TV series)
  • Trial & Retribution XI: Closure (TV movie)
  • Marple: Sleeping Murder (TV movie)
  • Safari Strife (Cutting Edge)
  • Richard III (NHK Japan)
  • Blithe Spirit (Theatrical film)


  1. ^ William Shakespeare; Roger Warren (7 November 2013). A Midsummer Night's Dream (Propeller Shakespeare). Oberon Books. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-84943-674-8.
  2. ^ Theo Bosanquet (1 July 2014). "Edward Hall: Propeller's future 'called into question' by ACE funding withdrawal". What's On Stage. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Ray Davies musical Sunny Afternoon premieres at Hampstead in May". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "The British Theatre Guide: Interview with Marc Sinden". Archived from the original on 25 February 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2009.
  5. ^ "The Directors" 6 July 2002.

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