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Russell, Willy

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Most widely held works by Willy Russell
Educating Rita : a comedy by Willy Russell( Book )

149 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,278 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 ; and, One for the road by Willy Russell( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 958 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"--
Shirley Valentine by Lewis Gilbert( Visual )

25 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 755 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 )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rita (Walters) is married to Denny, is 26 and doesn't want a baby. She joins an Open University literature course with a disillusioned drunken don, Dr Frank Bryant (Caine). Rita's down-to-earth frankness takes him aback when he realises she wants to learn everything. As Rita mixes with full-time students, reads books and watches plays, Denny begins to feel neglected and leaves her for another girl; Frank's drinking, meanwhile, gets worse and he is soon sent to Australia for a two-year sabbatical. Rita begins to realise that without Frank, her "education" seems unimportant
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 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wrong boy by Willy Russell( Book )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Tag, an dem der elfjährige Raymond Marks in einer Schulpause per Zufall das 'Fliegenfangen' erfindet, ändert alles. Das harmlose Spiel führt für Raymond zu einem tragikomischen Leben als Aussenseiter und Sonderling, bis er schliesslich seine ganz persönliche Unabhängigkeitserklärung entwickelt
Blood brothers : : London revival cast recording by Willy Russell( Recording )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs Kay's 'Progress Class' are unleashed for a day's coach trip to Conway Castle in Wales, stopping off at the cafe, the zoo, the beach and the funfair, the children taking advantage of the numerous opportunities to bicker, fool around, steal and get lost. Russell presents an exuberant celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up and being footloose, fourteen and free from school. But this is more than a romp - 'Our Day Out' points up the depressing present and empty future for these comprehensive-school children from the backstreets of Liverpool, for whom a day out is as much as they can expect
Blood brothers : vocal selections by Willy Russell( )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1990 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by Willy Russell( Book )

in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stags & hens by Willy Russell( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and German and held by 192 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
Blood brothers by Willy Russell( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 176 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
One for the road : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breezeblock Park : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

3 editions published between 1062 and 1978 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bessie Smith, the complete recordings by Bessie Smith( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays, 1 by Willy Russell( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our day out by Willy Russell( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 60 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
I read the news today : a play by Willy Russell( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wrong boy by Willy Russell( Recording )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal town. His father left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo; his fun-hating Gran believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: "I could never read his books but y'could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about Jean-Paul Sartre." Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish; frogs are flattered on Failsworth Boulevard; and Sickening Sonia's being sick in the majestic cathedral of words. Raymond Marks is a normal boy. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, the fly-trapping craze begins and, for Raymond and his Mam, nothing is ever quite so normal again. In Raymond, prize-wining and internationally acclaimed playwright Willy Russell has created a character to rival his Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita
Plays 1 by Willy Russell( Book )

2 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in Undetermined and English and held by 8 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-

Russell, Willy 1947-

The Original London Cast of Blood Brothers

William Martin Russell englischer Autor und Komponist

William Russell

WILLY RUSSELL

Willy Russell auteur dramatique, scénariste, acteur et compositeur

Willy Russell Brits componist

Вилли Расселл

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Shirley Valentine ; and, One for the roadEducating Rita ; Stags and hens ; and, Blood brothers : two plays and a musicalThe wrong boyOur day out : a playPlaysStags & hensBlood brothersOne for the road : a play