Willy Russell

Royal & Derngate announce winter season
The venue will continue to promote work as part of its Made in Northampton project
Jodie Prenger to star in UK tour of Shirley Valentine
The 30th anniversary production will open in Bromley in March 2017
Kate Tempest and Alan Bennett to feature in BBC Two's new arts programming
The channel will dedicate Saturday nights to music, theatre, performance and cinema this autumn
Look Back in Anger / Jinny (Derby Theatre)
John Osborne's seminal play is revived for its 60th anniversary
Theatre etiquette: Susie McKenna: I'd rather write for an audience that gets involved
By Susie McKenna
Hackney Empire creative director Susie McKenna explains why there is nothing worse than a polite or unresponsive audience
Michael Coveney: Comedians playing it straight on stage
Stephen Merchant is the latest high profile comic to tread the boards
Educating Rita (Minerva Theatre, Chichester)
Lenny Henry recovers from drying but struggles to match his co-star in Willy Russell's two-hander
Lenny Henry to be knighted in Queen's birthday honours
Henry said it was a 'wonderful thing' to be recognised
Lenny Henry stars in Educating Rita at Chichester
The venue's newly announced season also features a Chekhov trilogy adapted by David Hare, and new musical A Damsel in Distress
Educating Rita (Liverpool Playhouse) - 'enchanting'
By Carole Baldock
Gemma Bodinetz's revival marks the 35th anniversary of Willy Russell's classic two-hander