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Lee Hall was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966 and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in theatre, TV, radio and film. He has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.Theatre: Wittgenstein on Tyne, Live Theatre 1996; Bollocks, RSC Fringe, 1998; Genie, Paines Plough, 1998; Cooking With Elvis, Live Theatre/West End 1999 – nominated for an Oliver Award for Best Comedy; Spoonface Steinberg, Ambassadors Theatre, London 2000; Two’s Company, Live Theatre/Bristol Old Vic, 2001; Billy Elliot the Musical, 2004 – Oliver Award Best Musical; Pitmen Painters, Live Theatre, Newcastle/Royal National Theatre/ National tour/Broadway, 2007–2010.



Theatre adaptations: Leonce and Lena (Buchner), The Gate Theatre, 1997; Mr Puntila and his man Matti (Brecht) Almedia Theatre, 1998, A Servant to Two Masters (Goldoni) RSC/ Young Vic 1999; The Adventures of Pinocchio (Collodi), Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2000; Mother Courage (Brecht), Shared Experience/Ambassadors Theatre; The Good Hope (Heijermans) Royal National Theatre, 2001; The Barber of Seville (Beaumarchais), Bristol Old Vic, 2003.

Opera: Adaptation of Il Pagliacci/The Comedians for the English National Opera, 2008.

TV : Spoonface Steinberg 1997, BBC; A Prince of Hearts 1998, BBC; Wind in the Willows 2007 BBC.

Radio: (all BBC): I Luv You Jimmy Spud 1996 – Writers Guild Award Best New Play/Gold Sony Award Best new play/Alfred Bradley Award/Society of Authors Award; Spoonface Steinberg 1997; I Love You, Ragie Patel 1997; The Sorrows of Sandra Saint 1997; Blood Sugar 1997; Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (from Vargas Llosa) 1998; Gristle 1999; Child of the Snow 2000; Child of the Rain 2000.

Film: Billy Elliot, Working Title Films, 2000. His screen play for War Horse directed by Stephen Speilberg is due out in 2011.

Currently working with Roger Waters on a theatrical adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

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Lee Hall Awards and Nominations


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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2009 - Best Book of a Musical

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Best Musical

Lee Hall, Billy Elliot

Olivier Awards - 2009 - Best New Play

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Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Book of a Musical

Lee Hall, Billy Elliot, The Musical

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Lee Hall, Billy Elliot, The Musical


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Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Book of a Musical

Lee Hall, Billy Elliot


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Evening Standard Awards - 2008 - Best Play

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Olivier Awards - 2001 - Best New Comedy

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Review: ROCKETMAN: LIVE IN CONCERT, Royal Festival Hall

“People don’t pay to see Reginald Dwight, they pay to see Elton John!” In the sea of ubiquitous biopic-by-numbers that is modern cinema, one film really stood out from the crowd. Dexter Fletcher and Lee Hall’s Rocketman is the epitome of ‘What Would Elton Do?’, as it veers from one multicoloured musical explosion to another; whereas most biographical depictions of a star’s rise to (and fall from) fame in the most straightforward and accurate fashion they can, this is unashamedly a fantasy memoir told from Elton’s nostalgic perspective. And it has finally made its way to the live arena in the UK.
Previews: BILLY ELLIOT al SISTINA CHAPITEAU

BILLY ELLIOT al SISTINA CHAPITEAU DEBUTTO AL SISTINA CHAPITEAU DI MILANO PER BILLY ELLIOT IL MUSICAL DI SIR ELTON JOHN CON GIULIO SCARPATI, EMILIANO FIASCO E ROSSELLA BRESCIA
JENNIE LEE Premieres at Marsden Mechanics Hall Next Month

Mikron has announced that this April they will be premiering Jennie Lee, a new play by Lindsay Rodden, with original songs and integrated audio description.
Video: First Look at BILLY ELLIOT at Paramount Theatre Aurora

Get a first look at Paramount Theatre's new production of the coming-of-age tale Billy Elliot: The Musical, set to the music of Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, directed by Trent Stork.
Review: BILLY ELLIOT at Paramount Theatre Aurora IL

That was my feeling after seeing this new production of Billy Elliot at the Paramount Theatre. It runs through March 24. The book and lyrics were written by Lee Hall. The amazing score was written by Sir Elton John. The original 2005 stage musical was inspired by the 2000 film.
Photos: First Look at BILLY ELLIOT at Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre is ringing in 2024 with a new production of the coming-of-age tale Billy Elliot: The Musical, set to the music of Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, directed by Trent Stork. Performances run through March 24, 2024. Check out production photos here!
Photos: Get An Adavnced Look At BILLY ELLIOT At Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre rings in 2024 with an inspired new production of this popular coming-of-age tale, set to the music of Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, directed by Trent Stork. See advance photos of the cast!
Invictus Theatre Company Moves To Windy City Playhouse; 2024 Season Revealed

Invictus Theatre Company has announced a new home and a four-play season for 2024. Invictus will move to the Windy City Playhouse, the former producing company and venue that closed early last year. Learn more about the season here!
CATS is Now Available to Stream on Netflix

The 2019 film adaptation of CATS is now available to stream on Netflix in the US. Find out how and where to watch CATS here!
Cast Announced for BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL at Aurora's Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre rings in 2024 with an inspired new production of this popular coming-of-age tale, set to the music of Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, directed by Trent Stork. Performances are February 7-March 24, 2024. Opening Night is Friday, February 16 at 8 p.m. Learn more about the cast here!
Tom Holland Says "Scripts Are Being Written" for Fred Astaire Biopic

Tom Holland has revealed that his previously announced Fred Astaire biopic has resumed development following the lengthy writers' strike in Hollywood.
Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Star Theatre 1, Star Theatres

The opening night performance was a big hit with the audience.
Miriam-Teak Lee and More Join CHRISTMAS ACTUALLY at The Royal Festival Hall

The initial lineup has been revealed for Christmas Actually a brand-new festive show curated by Richard Curtis and directed by Daniel Raggett at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
Royal Academy Of Dance Reveals Winners Of The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023

The Royal Academy of Dance has announced the medallists of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023 final at His Majesty's Theatre in London.
Student Blog: Ready for Junior Year

I have officially arrived at the point in high school that every student anxiously awaits: I am an upperclassman. Doors are opening in the world of the arts, and new opportunities are aplenty.
Classical Music Phenomenon Yuze Lee Takes The Stage At Segerstrom Concert Hall

Yuze Lee, the 12 year-old piano prodigy, will debut at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on October 30th at 8 p.m.
Auditions For SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at The Wimberley Players

Don't miss your chance to audition for Shakespeare in Love at The Wimberley Playhouse in Texas. Find out all the details about the production dates and audition dates here.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 20th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 20, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Stacy Sullivan And Todd Murray Celebrate Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee At Carnegie Hall, May 22

Join award winning and acclaimed singers Stacy Sullivan and Todd Murray for a thrilling new show packed full of Sinatra and Lee hits.
Which Broadway Shows Have Received the Most Tony Nominations Ever?

While many stellar productions are poised to earn multiple nominations this season, it will take quite a few to stand up to the current record holders. Below, check out which Broadway shows hold the records for the most-Tony nominated productions of all time.

Lee Hall FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Lee Hall written?

Lee Hall has written 4 shows including Billy Elliot (Bookwriter), The Pitmen Painters (Playwright), Shakespeare in Love (Adapted for the Stage), Cats (Screenwriter).

What awards has Lee Hall been nominated for?

Lee Hall has been nominated for several prestigious awards including Best Book of a Musical for Billy Elliot at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Best Musical for Billy Elliot at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Best New Play for The Pitmen Painters at the Olivier Awards, Best Book of a Musical for Billy Elliot, The Musical at the Tony Awards, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Billy Elliot, The Musical at the Tony Awards, Outstanding Book of a Musical for Billy Elliot at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Play for The Pitmen Painters at the Evening Standard Awards, and Best New Comedy for Cooking With Elvis at the Olivier Awards.

What awards has Lee Hall won?

Lee Hall has won several prestigious awards for his work in the theater industry. These include Best Book of a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards and the Tony Awards for "Billy Elliot, The Musical." He also received the award for Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Billy Elliot" and Outstanding Book of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for the same production. Additionally, Hall won the Best Play award at the Evening Standard Awards for "The Pitmen Painters."

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