London scribes agent Hall found murdered

Client list included Brock, Nye, Beaufoy

This article was updated at 3:46 p.m.

LONDON — Rod Hall, one of London’s leading agents for playwrights, screenwriters and writer-directors, was found murdered in his home in Southwark, southeast London, the police said on Tuesday. He was 53.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Hall had been killed two days earlier. A post mortem at Westminster Mortuary showed the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Hall grew up in Sussex and attended Edinburgh U. before founding the agency that bears his name in 1997. He presided over a small staff including business associate Charlotte Mann.

His client list included numerous scribes in film, TV, and theater. Some of the better-known names on his list were Jeremy Brock, author of “Mrs. Brown” and “Charlotte Gray”; Simon Nye, scribe of TV’s “Men Behaving Badly”; Simon Beaufoy, who wrote smash film “The Full Monty”; and Martin McDonagh, whose Olivier Award-winning play “The Pillowman” opens on Broadway this fall.

Younger clients included 22-year-old Lucy Prebble, who was working as a production assistant at the National Theater last year when her debut play, “The Sugar Syndrome,” opened at the Royal Court to rave reviews and various awards.

Beaufoy said he would remember Hall as “a very good friend and a very good agent.” Hall had repped Beaufoy since the scribe’s first 10-minute short more than a decade ago.

Before setting up his own company, Hall had worked for London percentery A.P. Watt since 1984 as founder of its film, television and theater department.

“Rod was a wonderful, amazing man; a dear, loving and loyal friend and one of the most respected literary agents in the country,” Mann said. “I am devastated and will miss him terribly as, I know, will his clients.”

Hall lived alone and had no children.