Willy Russell

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
Farewell to WhatsOnStage
Glenn Meads is leaving WhatsOnStage today, after 14 years. Here, he looks back at the North West regional theatre coverage for the site, since 2001.
Educating Rita and Hudsucker Proxy in Liverpool Everyman spring/summer season
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Willy Russell's classic two hander, Con O'Neil and Leanne Best will play Rita and Frank
Our Day Out (Oldham Coliseum)
By Donna Kelly
Willy Russell's hilarious and heartwarming comedy about teenage life is brought to life in Oldham Coliseum's new production.
Maureen Nolan reprises Blood Brothers role
By Rebecca Donn
The Willy Russell musical is set to embark on a new UK tour