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Willis Hall

Willis Hall Portrait

Willis Hall – Portrait

Willis Hall was a British Writer and known for his lifelong collaborations with Keith Waterhouse.

Hall was born in Leeds in 1929. He began writing plays for Chinese children while stationed in Malaya during his national service. His military experience inspired his first play “The Disciples of War” (1957). After gaining interest from producer Lindsay Anderson, the play was renamed “The Long and the Short and the Tall.”  It premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1959 and won the Evening Standard’s Play of the Year award.

After his successful play, he contacted childhood friend Kieth Waterhouse and begun a partnership that lasted over 30 years. The pair under the name “Waterhall Productions” produced more than 250 scripts for theatre, film, and television.

Hall was shot by Duffy for the article “Vogue’s eye view” by Mary Holland featuring the playwriting team “Waterhall Productions.” The issue was released in March 1961.

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Willis Hall Portrait

Willis Hall – Portrait