On Broadway:Travels With My Aunt (Wyndham’s and Minetta Lane Theatre, New York - Drama Desk award), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick and Plymouth Theatre, Broadway - Tony award), Medea with Diana Rigg (Wyndham’s and Longacre Theatre, Broadway - Tony award), Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Belasco Theatre, Broadway - four Tony awards), Theatre de Complicite’s production of Ionesco’s The Chairs (Golden Theatre, Broadway - six Tony nominations), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Music Box Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Barrymore), Primo (Music Box), Festen (Music Box).
Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers will shortly celebrate its twentieth year in the West End at the Phoenix Theatre. It ran for three years at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, receiving seven Tony nominations.
As a director he is responsible for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, both the West End and national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s Whistle Down the Wind, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. He was nominated for a London Theatre Critics’ award for West Side Story at the Shaftesbury and a Tony award for Blood Brothers in New York.
His films include The Day After the Fair, Stepping Out, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Charles Busch’s Sundance Festival award winner Die Mommie Die and The Purifiers. He co-produced the phenomenally successful national arena tour of Elvis - The Concert with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
He received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool’s John Moore’s University and is an honorary Professor of Thames Valley University in London. In 2002 he received the Variety Club Bernard Delfont award for his contribution to the entertainment industry. January 2001 brought him a CBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Bill Kenwright is Chairman and major shareholder of Everton Football Club (and an even bigger fan).