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Dame Judi Dench, 83, Sir Ian McKellen, 79, Sir Michael Gambon, 77, Sir Patrick Stewart, 78, and Felicity Kendal, 71, were among celebrities at the Westminster Abbey thanksgiving service. 

They were joined by Dame Penelope Keith, 78, Vanessa Redgrave, 81, Sir Peter’s first wife Leslie Caron, 87, Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall, 62, and Stephen Fry, 61. 

Sir Peter’s daughter, actress Rebecca Hall, 36, attended with her sister Emma and their father’s widow Nicki Frei.

Part-quoting from Hamlet, theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, 78, said: “This loss to the world of theatre, and indeed to the world, is immeasurable. He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.” 

Recalling the first time he encountered Sir Peter at Cambridge, Sir Trevor said: “From that moment on I was ready to follow that man to the North Pole, to the dark side of the Moon. I had experienced the Peter Hall effect.” 

Suffolk-born Sir Peter’s career soared after he directed the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot in 1955.

In 1960, at just 29, he was made artistic director of the National Theatre, directing 33 productions. 

Shortly after his death, National Theatre director Rufus Norris said: “We all stand on the shoulders of giants and Peter Hall’s shoulders supported the entirety of British theatre as we know it.” 

Sir Peter was once quoted as saying: “The greatest blessing I’ve had in life is to know what I wanted to do and then to find that the world would let me do it.”

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