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Shirley Valentine: 30th Anniversary Tour of the UK

Hoovering The Moon
Hoovering The Moon

Cultural Exchanges Festival at De Mountford University

WILLY RUSSELL: Behind The Scenes Exhibition 5th October until 23rd January 2016
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A Partie in Greece - Shirley Valentine in Paris 2015

Liverpool Playhouse Rita 2015

Our Day Out: 2014 Oldham

Blood Brothers - Korea - 2014 - Photo Credit: Hansaem Song

POster for BLOOD BROTHERS in South Africa
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Educating Rita at the Lowry Theatre 2013

One For The Road - 2013, Northampton Derngate theatre

Con O'Neill as 'Dennis. Photo Credit: Robert Day

seasons of love poster: The Royal Albert Hall. October 2012

Natasha Hamilton as Mrs Johnstone

Trafalgar poster for Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine




What's On...

Willy Russell is one of the most successful playwrights of his generation. His plays have been performed in countries across the globe and have won countless appreciation and creative awards as well as academic honours for their author. Since their premiers plays such as EDUCATING RITA, STAGS AND HENS, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, BREEZEBLOCK PARK and OUR DAY OUT have been in constant production throughout the world.

Here - we present performances planned or currently performing. If YOU know of others, please let us know. . .

WILLY RUSSELL - Another Aspect
Following his immensely successful exhibition in Kirkby Gallery in 2015, Willy Russell is returning this time to show an entirely new side to his creative portfolio.For this, his first solo exhibition as a visual artist, Knowsley Culture Development and Events Service present a gallery packed with a stunning range of paintings and works on paper inspired by the places and people in his life and whilst the exhibition doesn’t seek to tell a story, it does go some way to tell the artistic journey that Willy is on with his painting.

The exhibition opens on 9th May and runs until 2nd September.

Kirkby Gallery
The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY
Opening Times are: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
& Saturday 10am to 1pm



Guilford - G Live
London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA
29 August - 2 September
Box Office
01483 369350
Glasgow - Kings Theatre
297 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JN
5 September - 16 September
Box Office
: 0844
871 7648
Norwich - Theatre Royal
Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL
18 September - 23 September
Box Office
: 01753 853 888
Cardiff - New Theatre
Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL
25 September - 30 September
Box Office
: 02920 878889
Milton Keynes - Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ
2 October - 7 October
Box Office
: 0844 871 7652
Chester - Story House
Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR
9 October - 14 October
Box Office
: 01244 409113
Leicester - De Montford Hall
Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU
16 October - 21 October
Box Office
: 0116 233 3111
Dunfirmline - Alhambra Theatre
33-35 Canmore Street, Dunfermline KY12 7NX
23 October - 28 October
Box Office
: 01383 740384
Bradford - Alhambra Theatre
Morley Street, Bradford BD7 1AJ
30 October - 4 November
Box Office
: 01274 432000
Northampton - Royal & Derngate Theatre
Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
6 November - 11 November
Box Office
: 01604 624811
Sunderland - Empire Theatre
High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3EX
27 November - 1 December
Box Office
: 0844 871 3022

- TOUR OF THE UK - 2017

30th Anniversary Production
Directed by Glen Walford
Starring Jodie Prenger as Shirley
Cardiff - New Theatre
Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3LN
27 June - 1 July
Box Office: 029 2087 8889
Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Halls
Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU

3 July - 8 July
Box Office: 01892 530613
Shrewsbury - Severn
Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
10 July - 15 July
Box Office: 01743 281281
Brighton - Theatre Royal
Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent DA1 1ED
17 July - 22 July
Box Office: 0844 871 7650
Malvern - Festival Theatre
Grange Rd, Malvern WR14 3HB
24 July - 29 July
Box Office: 01684 892277
Blackpool - Grand Theatre
33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT
11 September - 16 September
Box Office: 01253 290190
New Brightton - Floral Pavilion
Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JS
18 September - 23 September
Box Office: 0151 666 0000


Missed? - Catch-up

ANOTHER ASPECT, Landscapes & Figures

ANOTHER ASPECT on local BBC news
Willy's art exhibition, ANOTHER ASPECT, Landscapes & Figures, which opens at Kirby Gallery next Tuesday (9th May) was featured on the BBC local news programme
North West Tonight. You can watch the feature, in which Willy is interviewed, HERE. The slot starts about 14 minutes into the programme.



Willy was the guest on Aled Jones BBC Wales programme Sunday 6th November for conversation and music. BBCWales. And if you missed it? Catch Up HERE.


ArtsnightBBC2's ARTSNIGHT programme on Saturday 15th October, showcased a profile of Willy Russell by Julie Walters. Julie Walters, who played Rita in the original stage play of Educating Rita (1979), and the award winning film released in 1983, travelled to Liverpool to interview Willy Russell.
10pm, Saturday 15th October, BBC2.
If you missed it, catch up HERE


UK - Radio

Archive on 4 - Lern Yerself Scouse
BBC Radio 4
If you missed it, you can listen again on BBC iPlayer HERE.

Willy Russell was asked to design Front Row’s 2014 Neon Artwork in Salford.
Radio 4's Front Row
If you missed it, you can listen again on BBC iPlayer HERE.

Willy Russell was asked to choose his Desert Island Discs in 1994
If you missed it, you can listen again on BBC iPlayer HERE


Willy recently talked with Sodajerker founders, Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor, about his songwriting process. As well as sharing the life stories behind key moments in his work, Willy provides detailed insights into his creative process as a writer, his history as a musician, and his early influences. You will find podcast no. 84 here on Sodajerker.com