Lee Hall

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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical review – a powerful spirit
It’s the music that carries the emotional weight in this tale of love, loss and roots rock, starring the superb Arinzé Kene

Arifa Akbar

21, Oct, 2021 @12:22 PM

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The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century
A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000

Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

17, Sep, 2019 @2:43 PM

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Paul McCartney writes first musical, stage version of It's a Wonderful Life
Former Beatle is to write songs for Frank Capra’s ‘universal story’, working with Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Jul, 2019 @11:05 PM

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How to stop Taylor Swift from turning Cats: The Movie into a dog’s dinner
With a big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical under way, here’s how #MeToo, Zac Efron and DJ Khaled could make purrfect movie memories

Hannah Verdier

17, Aug, 2018 @11:55 AM

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Michael Billington's top 10 theatre of 2017
Imelda Staunton simmered, Sondheim’s showgirls sizzled, Bryan Cranston gave us a cathode-ray Lear, and Jez Butterworth found love in the time of hunger-strikes

Michael Billington

15, Dec, 2017 @5:38 PM

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Network review – Bryan Cranston creates studio mayhem
Cranston is compelling as the TV anchorman-gone-rogue in Ivo Van Hove and Lee Hall’s dazzling stage version of the 1976 film

Susannah Clapp

19, Nov, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Network review – Bryan Cranston is mad as hell in blazing staging of Oscar winner
The Breaking Bad star is magnetic as a raging anchorman in writer Lee Hall and director Ivo van Hove’s extraordinary version of the prophetic satire

Michael Billington

13, Nov, 2017 @11:00 PM

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Why theatre should stay tuned in to radio plays
Many a playwright owes a debt to a radio commission. Audio drama allows an ambition and scope that can’t always be achieved on stage

Lyn Gardner

02, Feb, 2017 @5:36 PM

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How we made Billy Elliot the Musical
Lee Hall: ‘I’d fax my lyrics to Elton – then he’d call me up and sing them down the phone’

Interviews by Andrew Dickson

02, Feb, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour review – a high-energy kick
There are great performances from these convent girls let loose in Edinburgh in Lee Hall’s adaptation of the Alan Warner novel

Clare Brennan

23, Aug, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at Edinburgh festival review – the rush of girls on tour
Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall’s adaptation of Alan Warner’s The Sopranos follows a troupe of convent choirgirls on a rampage across the city, to exhilarating effect

Lyn Gardner

20, Aug, 2015 @10:29 AM

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Lee Hall: Why I put Alan Warner's The Sopranos on stage
The rude, Rabelaisian but very modern tale of a Scottish girls’ school choir on the rampage is simply the funniest novel I’ve ever read – and also transcendent

Lee Hall

17, Aug, 2015 @5:30 PM

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