Lee Hall Biography

Gender: Male

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.

Lee Hall Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

BroadwayWorld Awards - 2009 - Best Book of a Musical
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Best Musical
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot
Olivier Awards - 2009 - Best New Play
Lee Hall, The Pitmen Painters
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
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Lee Hall, Billy Elliot
Evening Standard Awards - 2008 - Best Play
Lee HallThe Pitmen Painters
Olivier Awards - 2001 - Best New Comedy
Lee HallCooking With Elvis