Welcome to the Official-Unofficial website dedicated to the multi-talented playwright, musician and novelist - Willy Russell.
We hope you like the new website. We've worked on improving the layout and have also added lots of new content not previously seen. Over the coming months we will include film of interviews Willy has given and add snippets of his earlier work... and as well as the regular and very popular newsletters, Willy Russell.com will offer podcasts with unique content. We hope you will enjoy your visit and come back soon.
Willy Russell is well known as the writer of plays and films such as Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Our Day Out, and the musical Blood Brothers. His work has attracted huge and appreciative audiences all over the world and his plays and musicals have won countless awards.
His first novel, The Wrong Boy, published in 2000, has been translated into fifteen languages.
What is perhaps less well known is that Willy has been writing songs since the early 1960s. He wrote not only the book and the lyrics but also the score for his musical Blood Brothers (in continuous production for the past twenty odd years). Add to this the fact that he has provided the scores for the feature films, Shirley Valentine, Dancin' Thru The Dark and Mr Love as well as for the TV series Connie and the television play Terraces and you might start to wonder how he's managed to keep this side of his work such a closely guarded secret. Willy's first CD release - HOOVERING THE MOON - has received favourable reviews and been picked up and played by radio stations across the country.
We will continue to keep visitors up-to-date with news, views, touring production dates, live performances and we also have some competitions from time to time. If you are a frequent visitor to the site, you can catch up on the latest news either via the regular newsletters (in which Willy Russell answers some of the questions raised by visitors), or by checking out the News page.