(From BBC News 11/28.)
Theatre veterans Sir Peter Hall and Sir Michael Gambon have been hailed at this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Sir Peter, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, was presented with the Golden Seagull award for his contribution to world theatre.
Sir Michael, whose career spans stage and film, received the Lebedev Special Award for his work in British theatre.
Anya Reiss won the most promising playwright award for a play she wrote as a schoolgirl aged 17.
(Listen to Peter Hall interview on BBC Radio 4 via link at Pirate Dog, posted by Aleks Sierz.)
Time for birthday celebrations. On the day of Sir Peter Hall’s birthday on 22 November (while I was away in Rome taking part in a theatre conference with playwright Martin Crimp), Mark Lawson interviewed him for Front Row on BBC Radio 4, just as he is preparing to direct Shakespeare’s Twefth Night for the National Theatre. It’s a fascinating account of a very long career, full of amusing insights and charming anecdotes. So brew up a cuppa and light a well-deserved cigarette, and listen again. Now.
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