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Edward Hall (born 27 November 1966) is an English theatre and film director who founded Propeller Shakespeare in 1998 of which he is Artistic Director. He also became Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre in 2010. He is known for directing multiple award winning Shakespeare, musicals such as 'Sunny Afternoon' and multiple screen work including William Boyd's screen 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.[1]

In 2002, Hall directed Rose Rage at the Haymarket Theatre. This was an ambitious adaptation of all three Shakespeare's Henry VI plays. It was described by The Guardian as "an exhilaratingly surreal and bloody take on Shakespeare."[2]

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

Hall took over as Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre in February 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

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

Selected theatre workEdit


Assistant DirectorEdit


  • 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)


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