An evening with Willy Russell

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An Evening with Willy Russell

Interview by Geoffrey Colman

Tuesday 10th November

Join award-winning playwright and songwriter Willy Russell for a fascinating evening as he talks to director and Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama Geoffrey Colman.

It is 35 years since Educating Rita premiered at the RSC Warehouse in London, in June 1980. One of the most-produced writers of his time, Willy Russell’s catalogue of highly successful plays and musicals for stage and television include includes John, Paul, George, Ringo ... and Bert; Our Day Out; Stags and Hens and Shirley Valentine. In addition to Educating Rita, Blood Brothers played for 24 years becoming the 3rd longest running West End musical. His critically acclaimed novel, The Wrong Boy, was published  in 2000.

Put your questions to Willy Russell and Geoffrey Colman as they roam, delve and explore life, writing and the creative process. Enjoy drinks, have your book signed, and take part in this intimate literary salon.  

"[Educating Rita] manages to grip the attention using a solitary location, thanks to Russell's remarkable, sparkling dialogue." Whatsonstage

“Willy Russell is a dramatist of exceptional warmth and humanity.” Evening Standard

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades; born in Liverpool in 1947, he left school at 15, became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter before returning to education and becoming a teacher. Russell’s breakthrough work was “John Paul George Ringo…and Bert” and his success continued with Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.  Both became successful films  - Julie Walters and Pauline Collins who played the roles on stage received Oscar nominations as did  Willy Russell for  the screenplay of Educating Rita. The UK run of Blood Brothers still plays to packed houses, and there have been recent productions in South Africa and Korea and current shows in Australia and Japan.  Our Day Out, originally written for TV, has been adapted for the stage as  Our Day Out - The Musical. The critically acclaimed novel, The Wrong Boy was published in 2000 and translated worldwide.

Geoffrey Colman is a successful director, professional acting coach and Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops in the UK and abroad and is consulted by the media on a range of performance-related issues.

Ticket Details

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: Drinks from 6pm and talk from 6:30pm to 7.30pm

Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP

Tickets: £10 general admission; £6 students; £7 Friends of the Bloomsbury Institute  in

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