Willy Russell

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Long-running West End musical Blood Brothers on 2013 UK tour

6 Jun 2013

The musical, which concerns a pair of twins separated at birth, stars Sean Jones and Tracy Spencer

Compare actor Sean Jones’ 14-year association with the hugely successful touring musical Blood Brothers to a marriage, and he gently replies that it actually is. He met his wife (actress Tracy Spencer), while working on the show, where he plays Mickey…

Claire Sweeney takes lead role in Educating Rita revival

15 May 2012

The actress discusses Willy Russell's much-loved script

Whether on stage or screen, few can forget Willy Russell’s young, earnest heroine, in Educating Rita, a working class girl hungry for education who finds herself under the tutelage of a lost, boozed up lecturer, searching for life beyond academia. For…

Blood Brothers – review

17 Mar 20113 stars

X Factor alumnus Niki Evans a revelation in Willy Russell favourite

Willy Russell’s long-running and popular musical about class, superstition and the nature/nurture debate has featured a host of sparkling chanteuses in the central role of Mrs Johnstone, notably Barbara Dixon, Carole King and four of the Nolan sisters.

Educating Rita

5 Feb 2009

PREVIEW REVIVAL If there’s a consistent thread that runs through the work of Willy Russell, it’s the need for escape, usually from a stagnant class system that oppresses his protagonists. Yet his work is more nuanced, less moralistic than you might…

Educating Rita

5 Feb 2009

REVIVAL If there’s a consistent thread that runs through the work of Willy Russell, it’s the need for escape, usually from a stagnant class system that oppresses his protagonists. Yet his work is more nuanced, less moralistic than you might expect.