Blood Brothers Extension: 24 Nov 2012 at Phoenix Theatre London

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Phoenix Theatre has extended its London run until 24 Nov 2012.

Written by the legendary Willy Russell, BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time – scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway – Blood Brothers is celebrating 21 years in London’s West End.

“A MIRACLE! STILL UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE” The Spectator.

“THE BEST MUSICAL IN THE WEST END” The Mirror.

“GRIPPING, GRITTY AND SUPERBLY HUMMABLE – IT’S A MUST!” Mail On Sunday.

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Blood Brothers extended until 26 Nov 2011 at Phoenix Theatre!

Blood Brothers at Phoenix Theatre London has announced its west end extention until 26th November, 2011.

Written by the legendary Willy Russell, BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the track rather than to meet again with tragic consequences. The incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged Tell Me It’s achieved Not True. Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time – picking up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway – Blood Brothers celebrates 21 years of London’s West End.

From April 26th Nikki Evans (X Factor finalist) was once again playing the role of Mrs. Johnstone.

The recommended age for children is 12 years and older. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theater.

Meera Syal in Shirley Valentine at Trafalgar Studios

Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at Number 42) stars in the first major London revival of Willy Russell’s SHIRLEY VALENTINE following its sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Meet Shirley: a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips. She?s in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Greece she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently…

Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 directed by Glen Walford. In 1988, under the direction of Simon Callow, it opened in the West End, wining the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starring Pauline Collins, who went on to play Shirley on Broadway (winning a Tony Award) and in the 1988 film (winning a BAFTA Award and Oscar nomination).

Starring Meera Syal in ‘London’s Best Comic Performance’ (Time Out)

Shirley Valentine will run at Trafalgar Studios from 20 July to 30 October 2010.

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Willy Russell Season West End Transfer

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s sell-out season of Willy Russell’s award winning plays Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine transfers to the Trafalgar Studios from the 8th of July!

Educating Rita stars the Olivier Award nominated Tim Pigott-Smith  (Enron, Pygmalion)  as university professor Frank, and newcomer Laura Dos Santos as the brash young hairdresser who discovers a passion for English literature, in a production that is ‘Superb, humorous and deeply moving. A truly great play.’ (Daily Telegraph)

Shirley Valentine stars Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42) in ‘London’s Best Comic Performance’ (Time Out) as the Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips. She’s in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Greece she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently…

The Willy Russell Season at The Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory will present the first major London revivals of Willy Russell’s award-winning Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine from 26th March – 8th May 2010.

Jeremy Sams will direct Larry Lamb and Laura Dos Santos in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita.
Much to the dismay of her husband Denny, Rita, a young, brash hairdresser, has recently discovered a passion for English literature and enrols with the Open University. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself.

Educating Rita, originally commissioned by Liverpool Everyman Theatre, transferred to the West End in 1974. In1983 Russell’s semi-autobiographical play was made into a film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine. Educating Rita was the recipient of the Oliver Award for Best Comedy as well as receiving Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations.

Glen Walford will direct Meera Syal in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine.
Meet Shirley: a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips. She’s in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Greece she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently….

Shirley Valentine received its world premiere on stage in Liverpool in 1986 before the production opened in the West End two years later with Pauline Collins playing the title role, directed by Simon Callow. Shirley Valentine was the recipient of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and as well as being BAFTA nominated the film won the Evening Standard Best Screenplay Award.