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Russell, Willy

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Educating Rita : a comedy by Willy Russell( Book )

161 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rita desperately hungers for an education. To escape her dreary life as a hairdresser and confining existence at home, she enrolls in literature tutorials at a British university. Despite her husband's resentment, Rita learns and grows
Shirley Valentine by Lewis Gilbert( Visual )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English housewife, bored with her life, goes on a vacation with a friend to Greece and finds that there's more to life than just dishes and laundry when she has a fling with a handsome man
Educating Rita by Lewis Gilbert( Visual )

57 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rita (Walters) desperately hungers for an education. To escape her dreary life as a hairdresser and confining existence at home, she enrolls in literature tutorials at a British university. Much to her bemusement, she is assigned to Frank Bryant (Caine), a disillusioned English professor who encourages his students to forsake dead poetry and enjoy life. Despite her husband's resentment, Rita learns and grows."--Container
Shirley Valentine ; and, One for the road by Willy Russell( Book )

22 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blood brothers by Willy Russell( Book )

57 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twin brothers are seperated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends, in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath
Blood brothers : : London revival cast recording by Willy Russell( Recording )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Educating Rita ; Stags and hens ; and, Blood brothers : two plays and a musical by Willy Russell( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wrong boy by Willy Russell( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse : Roman épistolaire
Our day out : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs Kay's 'Progress Class' are unleashed for a day's coach trip to Conway Castle in Wales - in an exuberant celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up and being footloose, fourteen and free from school. 'The skill and zest of the show ... derive from its success in following the adult argument through while preserving all the fun of a story mainly played by children ... I have rarely seen a show that combined such warmth and such bleakness.' The Times. This edition contains the music to the play
Shirley Valentine : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw--42-year-old mother of two grown children--is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out. Her hope and self-confidence badly shattered by school, marriage and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall whilst preparing her husband's evening meal--to be on the table as he opens the front door every night. As she sips a glass of wine she dreams of drinking in a country where the grape is grown. Her feminist friend offers her a holiday in Greece and, with great trepidation and a lot of forward planning, Shirley seized the opportunity and goes, to encounter a totally different lifestyle. Shirley, breaking out of the mould cast for her by society, is brilliantly shown with humour, warm sympathy and human insight by the author of Educating Rita and Blood brothers"--
Blood brothers : vocal selections by Willy Russell( )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stags & hens by Willy Russell( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and German and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

' Stags and Hens takes place in the Gents and Ladies loos of a tacky Liverpool club, where Dave and Linda have decided, unbeknownst to each other, to hold their stag and hen parties ... a bleakly funny and perceptive study of working-class misogyny, puritanism and waste' Guardian 'Combines comedy with acrid truth in the style Willy Russell has made unmistakably his own ... and hits off brilliantly the herd instinct driving both sexes onward and bedward' Daily Telegraph 'Firmly in the centre of the playwright's best achievements: lively, coarse, well-organised, truthful and very funny' Financ
Plays by Willy Russell( Book )

in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell( Book )

50 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First staged in Liverpool in 1986, 'Shirley Valentine' takes the form of a monologue by a middle-aged working-class Liverpool housewife which focuses on her life before and after a transforming Greek holiday. Russell adapted his play for a successful 1989 film version starring Pauline Collins, who had been in the 1988 West End stage production
One for the road : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'One for the Road' is an almost farcical comedy about one dinner party too many, as Dennis loses patience with domesticity and makes a break for the freedom of the open road. As his anarchic streak reveals itself, what was supposed to be an impeccably middle-class dinner becomes a first-class row about middle age, affairs, and what's locked in the bureau. Russell's hilarious and sharply observed play was first performed at the Lyric Theatre, London in 1987
Breezeblock Park : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

6 editions published between 1062 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on a Liverpool Housing estate in the run up to Christmas, Breezeblock Park is a comedy about the ups and downs of family life. One of Russell's first plays, 'Breezeblock Park' was first presented in 1975 at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool before transferring to London that same year
Plays, 1 by Willy Russell( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Breezeblock Park is set on a northern council estate and takes a look at the suffocating effect of possessions and possessiveness: "Trenchantly observed...hilarious, upsetting and somewhat seditious." (Variety); Our Day Out is about a school coach trip, an exuberant celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up - "a Dickensian fairytale...I have rarely seen a show that combined such warmth and such bleakness."(The Times); Stags and Hens "takes place in the gents and Ladies loos of a tacky Liverpool club, where Dave and Linda have decided, unbeknownst to each other to hold their stag and hen parties...a bleakly funny and perceptive study of working-class misogyny, puritanism and waste" (Guardian); Educating Rita: "one way of describing Educating Rita would be to say that it was about the meaning of education...another would be to say that it was about the meaning of life. A third, that it is a cross between Pygmalion and Lucky Jim. A fourth, that it is simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious: a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending."--(Sunday Times)
Bessie Smith, the complete recordings by Bessie Smith( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our day out : and other plays by Willy Russell( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I read the news today : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Shirley Valentine ; and, One for the road
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Russel, Willy

Russel Willy 1947-....

Russell, W.

Russell, William M. 1947-

Russell, William Martin

Russell, William Martin 1947-

The Original London Cast of Blood Brothers

William Martin Russell englischer Autor und Komponist

William Russell

William Russell britský dramatik, textař a hudební skladatel

WILLY RUSSELL

Willy Russell auteur dramatique, scénariste, acteur et compositeur

Willy Russell Brits componist

Вилли Расселл

וילי ראסל סופר בריטי

ראסעל, וילי

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ラッセル, ウィリー

威利·拉塞爾

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