Sue Lawley’s castaway this week is the theatre producer Bill Kenwright. His West End successes include Shirley Valentine, Medea and Stepping Out. A gambler at heart, he continued to run Blood Brothers on Broadway despite a panning by the New York critics and it became a huge box office hit. An actor himself – most famously as Gordon Glegg in Coronation Street – he started producing in the provinces. There he lured audiences into the theatre by putting TV stars such as Pat Phoenix on stage – although sometimes he had to remind them that she wasn’t Elsie Tanner.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Call To Arms (Everton FC and Z Cars Theme Tune) by Blueknowz
Book: Everton – The Complete Record by Steve Johnson