Vivian Ellis was born in Hampstead, London, England on October 29, 1904. He studied the piano with Myra Hess and began a musical career as a concert pianist, but became a composer and lyricist. Initially he contributed pieces for several revues in the 1920s. He became well known in the London West End Theatres for providing the music and collaborating in the production of a large number of musical shows, spanning from 1925 to 1958. In fact he was to dominate the theatre of the 1930s having one to three shows run most years of this decade. However, in spite of his music being both pleasant & catchy, few of his compositions were recorded, so his name became less well known after his last London production. He wrote some songs used in British films of the 1930s.
He authored several humorous books (How to Enjoy your Operation, How to Bury yourself in the Country being two of them). His grandfather was the composer Julian Woolf. His autobiography, published in 1953, is entitled Ellis in Wonderland.
He died in 1996.
Productions Pre-World War II
Productions - Post World War II
Songs (some that have recordings)