LJMU John Lennon Art and Design Building: Willy Russell Archive Exhibition & Launch Event

Blood Brothers 198327 November – 19 December,

Monday to Friday, 10.00 to 17.00

Launch event: 27 November 18.00 – 20.30

Acclaimed playwright and author, Willy Russell is taking part in a special event at Liverpool John Moores University to celebrate the establishment of his personal collection as part of the University’s Special Collections and Archives.

The exhibition of material from the Willy Russell Archive Collection has been curated with assistance from students from the University’s History of Art department.

The exhibition will showcase the impact of Willy Russell’s work, both locally and internationally. Original and draft manuscripts, programmes and photographs as well as publicity materials, including production posters, and filmed material, such as interviews, performances and live production recordings of Willy Russell’s works, will all be on display.


Willy Russell is best known for the theatre production and film, Educating Rita, the musical, Blood Brothers and the theatre production and film,Shirley Valentine. The archive collection is a comprehensive representation of Willy Russell’s work to date; it contains material relating to each of his theatrical works, and also to his early work writing for television, his multiple tours and performances as a musician and songwriter, and his novel, published in 2000.

Willy Russell 2004 credit Paul CaryLaunch event:

The ‘Evening with Willy Russell’ event will take place in the John Lennon Art and Design Building on 27 November 2013 and will feature readings of his works by the author plus an audience-led question and answer session.

John Lennon Art and Design Building (Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD)