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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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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.

Review: BILLY ELLIOT IL MUSICAL al Teatro Sistina

La favola di Billy Elliot è una storia che si adatta a tutte le età: una storia che emoziona e soprattutto che educa tutte le età.


BILLY ELLIOT al TEATRO SISTINA Con un nuovo cast torna in scena il musical con le musiche di Elton John ispirato al celeberrimo film. In scena a partire dal 13 aprile.

Independent Theatre Celebrates 40 Years Of Bringing Theatrical Gems To The Adelaide Stage

From the anguish of a faded southern belle to a comedic romp through Shakespeare’s love life, Independent Theatre is bringing theatrical gems to the stage as it celebrates its ruby anniversary.


The Hangar Theatre has announced a 3-show mainstage lineup for the 2023 Summer Season, featuring uplifting and timely stories that illuminate artistic passion, family, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Wake Up With BWW 2/14: SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS West End Transfer, and More!

Top stories include a West End transfer for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, starring Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga! Plus, get a first look at McKenzie Kurtz in Wicked, and more!

Florida Studio Theatre Extends Run Of Captivating Drama, NETWORK

Florida Studio Theatre has announced the extension of its Regional Premiere production of Network, a fast-paced play based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Network follows the downward spiral of Howard Beale, a longtime news anchor who is being let go due to poor ratings.

Everything We Know About the Competing Fred Astaire Biopics

It has been reported that two different Fred Astaire biopics are currently in the works. To make matters even more complicated, both actors playing Astaire on the big screen, Jamie Bell and Tom Holland, have played the title role in Billy Elliot in the past. BroadwayWorld has compiled everything we know about each of them so far.

Tom Holland's Fred Astaire Biopic Will Be Directed By Paul King

Paddington director Paul King will direct the upcoming Fred Astaire biopic starring Tom Holland. Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is writing the film. Holland played the title role in the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot in 2008. Paul King is also directing the upcoming musical movie telling the origin story of Willy Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet.

Paramount Theatre Announces Subscription Series for 2023-24 Season Featuring BEAUTIFUL, BILLY ELLIOT & More

Light the marquee, roll out the red carpet and open the doors to the largest subscription theater in the nation, because downtown Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has announced the four blockbuster musicals on tap for its 2023-24 Broadway Series.

Regional Premiere of NETWORK to be Presented at Florida Studio Theatre This Month

Florida Studio Theatre will present the Regional Premiere of Network, adapted by Lee Hall and based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.

Theatre Director Nancy Meckler Releases New Book 'Notes From the Rehearsal Room'

Theatre director Nancy Meckler’s book Notes from the Rehearsal Room is intended for anyone interested, professionally or as a theatregoer, in what is involved in turning words on a page into a theatrical event.

Show of the Week: Save up to 33% on GET UP, STAND UP! THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL

Tickets from just £29 for Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2022

The 2022 UK Theatre Awards winners have been revealed in a lunchtime ceremony at London's Guildhall. The biggest winner of the day was Leeds Playhouse, who won three awards including UK's Most Welcoming Theatre, Best Design for Laura Hopkins & Simon Wainwright for Dracula: The Untold Story and Best Performance in a Musical for Divina de Campo for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

UH School of Theatre & Dance Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring 10 Productions

The School of Theatre & Dance at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston has announced its 2022-23 season. Featuring 10 productions, the season promises to be one of the school's most ambitious in recent memory.

Florida Studio Theatre Announces Lineup For Its 49th Winter Season

Florida Studio Theatre has announced the lineup for its 49th Winter Season, featuring a four-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Cabaret Series.

NETWORK Comes To The Citadel Theatre, September 17 " October 9

Rehearsals are underway at the Citadel for Network, based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.


It all began with a WEA art appreciation course.

Writers' Guild Of Great Britain (WGGB) Announces New Play Commission Scheme

Eighteen new plays for the inaugural New Play Commission Scheme (NPCS) have been announced by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) in partnership with HighTide theatre company, UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council.


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

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

Best Book of a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Billy Elliot, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Billy Elliot, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Billy Elliot, The Musical Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Elliotand Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Pitmen Painters.

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