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King-Hall, Stephen

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

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(1893-1966) UK naval officer, politician – MP for National Labour 1939-1942 – broadcaster and author; much of his early journalism was written under undisclosed pseudonyms; brother of Lou King-Hall. His military experiences (1914-1929), during active service in World War One and afterwards, influenced his work as a writer – especially the long series of admonitory newsletters he published from 1936 for thirty years, first as the King-Hall News Letter, and later under other names. Posterity (1927 chap), a play, is fantasy; it appears also in Three Plays and a Plaything (coll 1933) along with "The Republican Princess", a Ruritanian spoof. In Post-War Pirate (1931) a submarine uses an Invention – a new kind of gas – to disable shipping. Bunga-Bunga (1932) is a Satire set on an Island where anything is permitted. Number 10 Downing Street (1948), a play which depicts an occupied UK, takes place in the mid-1950s. His last novel, Men of Destiny; Or, the Moment of No Return (1960; vt Moment of No Return 1961), is again set in the Near Future, on the cusp of World War Three. King-Hall was knighted in 1954 and received a life peerage in 1966, a few months before his death. [JC]

William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall

born London: 21 January 1893

died London: 2 June 1966




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