Bill Kenwright
British businessman
Bill Kenwright
Bill Kenwright CBE is a leading West End theatre producer and film producer. He is also the Chairman of Everton Football Club. He attended Booker Avenue County Primary School, and then Liverpool Institute High School from 1957 to 1964 and appeared in school productions on the stage in the Mount St. building. He was also treasurer of the Christian Union at school. In 2007 Kenwright was a judge in the BBC1 television series "Any Dream Will Do."
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Soccer-Everton and Wigan agree compensation for manager Martinez - BBC
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) - Everton, searching for a successor to David Moyes, have reached an agreement with Wigan Athletic over compensation for their manager Roberto Martinez, the BBC reported on Monday. "Bill Kenwright (Everton chairman) and myself have agreed a deal," Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told the BBC. Spaniard Martinez asked to leave Wigan last week having guided the club to FA Cup glory before being relegated from the Premier League. Everton lost Moyes to champions Manchester United after Alex Ferguson's retirement last month. (Writing by Justin Palmer, editing by Ed Osmond)
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Bill Kenwright Hillsborough speech proves true football fans stick together - ADRIAN DURHAM COLUMN
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
MailOnline's hard-hitting columnist on how Bill Kenwright's remarkable Hillsborough speech moved him to tears on Monday. Plus his forthright views on the disturbing scenes of violence witnessed at Wembley and in the North East at the weekend... and the problems facing women's football.
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Bill Kenwright says David Moyes will leave Everton with his head held high if he goes
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says David Moyes will leave with his held high should he quit Everton at the end of the season.
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Win tickets to see Blood Brothers starring Marti Pellow!
The Citizen - about 4 years
Blood Brothers returns to The Sands Centre for one spectacular week only. West End star, Wet Wet Wet front man and music legend Marti Pellow will take on the role of Narrator with Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone in the critically acclaimed smash hit musical. Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes ‘Bright New Day’, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and the emotionally charged hit ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’. Newsquest Northwest has teamed up with the Sands to promote their great competition to our readers. Enter now for your chance to win one of three pairs of tickets for the opening performance, taking place at 7.30pm on Monday, February 18. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production recently surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s ...
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Dreamcoat spectacular!
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
TIM RICE and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family West End musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to burst on to the Buxton Opera House stage. Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s production has achieved huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. The production will run at the Water Street venue from Tuesday October 16 to Saturday October 20. Keith Jack, runner-up in the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours, the magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. Performances will take place on Tuesday October 16 at 7.30pm, Wednesday October 17 and Thursday October 18 at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at 5pm and ...
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Football transfer gossip (May 12): Sunderland, Reading, Everton
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move? Clint Dempsey may have played his last game for Fulham after the 29-year-old was ruled out of the club’s final match of the season with a groin strain. Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal are all ready to make bids in the summer. Full story: Daily Mail On-loan Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner, 24, wants a new challenge away from parent club Arsenal. Full story: Daily Mirror Reading are preparing an ambitious bid to lure Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to the Madejski Stadium. The 29-year-old has struggled for first-team football at White Hart Lane this season. Full story: Metro Everton manager David Moyes is set for talks with chairman Bill Kenwright in the next few days and hopes to unlock the transfer funds that could propel the Goodison Park side back into the top six. Full story: Daily Mail Marseille hope to persuade Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to retu ...
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Musical magic of the 60s
Crawley Observer - almost 5 years
The writers, producers, creators and director of Dreamboats And Petticoats, have teamed up once again to create Save The Last Dance For Me which visits Worthing from Monday April 30 – Saturday May 5. The new musical, which takes audiences on a theatrical journey back to the music and magic of the early 60s, has been written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran whose TV credits include Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather and Shine on Harvey Moon. Maurice admits the huge success of Dreamboats has thoroughly spoilt them: “We can’t always assume it is going to be like this in musical theatre!” But certainly the theatre brings enduring pleasures. As Maurice says, theatre is the real ale of the business; TV is the lager: “The theatre is different every night while TV is in the can!” With TV you’ll get audiences sitting there resenting paying their licence fee; with the theatre you’ve got thousands who have actually chosen to be there. “And I am not claiming anything Messianic here, b ...
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Bill Kenwright wants David Moyes to stay at Everton
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Everton chairman <a class="fplink fp-31267" href="/Bill+Kenwright+1">Bill Kenwright</a> is confident he can hang on to manager <a class="fplink fp-61149" href="/David+Moyes+1">David Moyes</a> but accepts selling the club is the best way of ensuring that.
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Everton fans protest over Bill Kenwright and board to sell club
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
Everton fans will hold a second protest march aimed at the club's board and more specifically chairman <a class="fplink fp-31267" href="/bill+kenwright">Bill Kenwright</a> at Saturday's home game against Wolves.
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Everton fans plan march to tell Bill Kenwright to sell club
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
Everton supporters' group The Blue Union are planning a second peaceful protest march near Goodison Park this weekend. The union, a coalition of five fans' groups, will march ahead of the Wolves game.
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Kenwright , Money & Moyes - Toffeeweb
Google News - over 5 years
Most of Bill Kenwright&#39;s press releases over the last few years have seen him look like a broken man. A familiar sight it has been of him looking up to the heavens with tears in his eyes, almost hoping for some divine inspiration when he declares “I&#39;m
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Bill Kenwright and David Moyes -
Google News - over 5 years
However, last week the full extent of the chaos at Goodison Park was brought to light when a supporters group published a transcript of an interview with chairman Bill Kenwright. The chairman was unaware that the discussion was being taped. ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Original Cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS Head Back to West End - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End production of Lee Hall&#39;s The Pitmen Painters, presented by Bill Kenwright. The climax of an extraordinary journey, which started at Newcastle&#39;s Live Theatre and continued on to the National,
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David Moyes 'won't put Everton club at risk' - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Everton&#39;s manager faced the media for the first time since May 22 and immediately backed chairman Bill Kenwright, who has come under fire from supporters for not providing Moyes with finance to improve his squad. The stark financial landscape facing ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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The Confused, The Evil and The Fickle: Bill Kenwright, Tony Fernandes and ... - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
On the same day, it was reported that the Everton chairman Bill Kenwright &#39;confessed&#39; to a delegation of fans that the club&#39;s £45 Million debt represents their borrowing &#39;limit&#39;. Fernandes, according to The Guardian&#39;s David Conn, regards QPR as a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Kenwright
  • 2011
    Age 65
    He continued to star in Coronation Street occasionly until 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He had brief stints in other shows, such as The Villains and The Liver Birds, and appeared in the films Carry On Matron (1972), as a reporter, and England, My England (1995). Kenwright is the current chairman of Everton Football Club. He succeeded Littlewoods director Philip Carter in the role. Kenwright has been on the Everton board since 1989. He became the second largest shareholder in 1999, when Peter Johnson sold his shareholding after the Football Association told to him sell his interests in either Tranmere Rovers or Everton. He became the largest stakeholder in the club in 2004. Scottish international forward Andy Gray reported in his autobiography that the Everton board were ready to offer Gray the job as manager in August 1997, but Kenwright, then director, had wanted to appoint Howard Kendall as manager for a third time. Gray would decide not to become Everton manager and Kendall was appointed.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    In November 2008 he was awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to British theatre.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 January 2014, Kenwright appeared on the BBC show Pointless Celebrities. He and his partner Jenny Seagrove reached the final and won the Pointless trophy, but gave three incorrect answers and missed out on the £2,500 jackpot.
    In April 2008, he agreed to produce Dixie: The People's Legend, a documentary on Everton legend Dixie Dean produced by Liverpool-based company Tabacula.
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    Kenwright has his own record label (Bill Kenwright Records), which has released three albums as of February 2008. The London Palladium cast recording of Scrooge starring Tommy Steele and the 2006 Lyric Theatre Recording of Cabaret were joined in February 2008 by the debut album of Kenwright's new boy group Dream On.
    More Details Hide Details Dream On, comprising five runners up from the BBC's Any Dream Will Do – Craig Chalmers, Lewis Bradley, Chris Crosby, Chris Barton and Antony Hansen was formed in January 2008. He began his music career in a band known as the Chevrolets. Perhaps less known is Kenwright's recording career both solo and with a group Bill Kenwright and the Runaways: and solo, as Bill Kenwright: In 1969, Kenwright tried his hand at record production, producing 2 singles for Manchester band 'Money', who also worked as his backing band for several cabaret gigs in Oldham and at Allinson's, Liverpool. The first record, Come Laughing Home, was the title music for Kenwright's first foray into theatrical production with Reginald Marsh (also a Coronation Street Star) as co-producer. The show starred Anne Reid who at the time was playing Valerie Barlow in Coronation Street. It was the first time a Coronation Street star worked in live theatre whilst still in the series. The show opened at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. The single was also released in Argentina.
  • 2007
    Age 61
    In 2007, Kenwright announced that he would like to move the club to Kirkby as part of a proposal known as Destination Kirkby which included a Tesco supermarket and a retail park.
    More Details Hide Details The pursuit of this project led to minor shareholders of the club calling for an Extraordinary General Meeting in 2008. After it was confirmed that the EGM would go ahead, Keith Wyness resigned and was replaced by Robert Elstone who was promoted to the position from within. At this meeting, Kenwright revealed that he took business advice from retail industry leaders Sir Philip Green and Sir Terry Leahy. The EGM vote determined that the club should not pursue the project due to a growing number of concerns.
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In April 2005, Samuelson stated that "the Fund is completed and registered" but Everton director Paul Gregg publicly questioned the FSF: "As a director I have not received any proof of funds – or that they even exist."
    More Details Hide Details The Liverpool Echo described the FSF situation as a "farce". Paul Gregg stated that he had been "led down the garden path and that the whole exercise has embarrassed the club." Samuelson re-iterated that funds were ready; "The fund is approved and ready to go. I have not received the actual certificate of incorporation of the fund but that is a technicality." He stated that an EGM was necessary to confirm the FSF fund. "As far as I'm concerned it's a fait accompli – subject to the approval of an EGM of shareholders." An EGM was never called and the question of investment into Everton from the FSF fell away from the public eye. In November 2005, at the following AGM. Kenwright said that Samuelson "was someone who I believed could have come up with the money, he had his credentials and thought he could come up with a deal that was good for the club... but he didn't, like many many other people, come up with the goods." He added: "I am spending 24 hours a day trying to raise finance for this club. I had a meeting today, three yesterday, all involving money that would dilute my shareholding – but I'm not interested in that."
  • 2004
    Age 58
    In August 2004, it was reported that a Brunei-based fund Fortess Sports Fund (FSF) were interested in buying a stake in Everton.
    More Details Hide Details Following the public fall-out with director Paul Gregg, it was anticipated that Gregg's shares in addition to others would be sold to the fund. Kenwright and Everton director Jon Woods were in favour of accepting the investment whilst Paul Gregg was sceptical and refused to endorse it. Gregg believed that the fund under-valued his investment, it was reported that the fund's bid was £12.8 million for 29.9% of the club. In February 2005, Keith Wyness stated that the club had begun to look for other potential investors.
    On 1 June 2004, Kenwright became chairman of Everton Football Club.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, Trevor Birch was appointed Chief Executive Officer to replace the outgoing Michael Dunford. Kenwright said that Birch would be his "sounding board" and that the new CEO should "dictate the policy of the football club". Kenwright stated that Birch had not been brought in to sell the club, but that a new investor can have his shares as long as they "have money to run the club". Birch resigned six weeks later. He resigned after a meeting with True Blue Holding (Kenwright, Woods, Gregg and Abercromby) where the board opted to not to sell the club. Gregg claimed there was a refusal to relinquish control by other directors and that it was preventing progress at the club.
  • 2003
    Age 57
    In 2003, he attempted to move Everton to the Kings Dock on the riverside but after a public feud with director Paul Gregg over the proposal's finances and sale of Wayne Rooney, the move fell through.
    More Details Hide Details Gregg had wanted to keep Rooney at the club and Kenwright reluctantly felt it was best he be sold to ease the club's financial burden. Paul and Anita Gregg later sold their shares to Florida-based businessman Robert Earl. Kenwright's close-friend Philip Green is believed to have helped him secure the club after being approached for help.
  • 1999
    Age 53
    Kenwright's consortium bought 68% of Everton F.C. from Peter Johnson for £20 million in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details A holding company called True Blue (Holdings) Ltd was formed in January 2000. The stakeholders in True Blue Holdings included Paul Gregg, Jimmy Mulville, Jon Woods and Willy Russell before it was dissolved in 2004. Mihir Bose reported that Anita Gregg lent up to £7 million to Kenwright. Upon completion of the deal, Kenwright said: "Acquiring Peter Johnson's shares is only the first step to restoring a great club to where it belongs – to where it should be. If you are going to run a successful football club you need two qualities: you need to be realistic and you need a plan. I'm realistic and I have a plan."
  • 1994
    Age 48
    Kenwright became involved in a consortium to buy Everton in 1994, as his consortium rivalled Birkenhead-based Peter Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Kenwright's consortium had assurances from the Everton owner's family head Lady Grantchester that the Moores family would sell their stake in the club. Kenwright's proposal was dismissed as the "Manchester Consortium" in the Liverpool Echo, as the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester was enough to deter supporters' support. Kenwright's consortium included Manchester based Tom Cannon, Tony Tighe (who later went on to create the Everton Collection) and Mike Dyble whilst building magnate Arthur Abercromby was Cheshire based. Abercromby offered a £2 million interest free loan to the club for purchase of players. Kenwright, who had been a director at Everton for ten years, had an opportunity to sway the board members to accept his bid but chose not to because he did not want a public relations battle with the more affluent Johnson. Tighe, in an interview with a journalist David Conn, said: "Bill didn't want a public row, that's why he didn't go to press much. He wanted the board to be unanimous. As he saw it, he didn't want Everton's name to be dragged through controversy." Peter Johnson's bid was accepted by the Everton board. Johnson installed Kenwright as vice-chairman and Sir Philip Carter was re-instated as Chairman.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    Kenwright was married to actress Anouska Hempel from 1978 to 1980 and has a daughter and two grandchildren from his relationship with the actress Virginia Stride.
    More Details Hide Details He is currently in a long-term relationship with the actress Jenny Seagrove. They live in London. The West End theatre publicist Adam Kenwright is his nephew who runs advertising and marketing company aka. Adam worked with Kenwright before setting up on his own. He received an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool's John Moores University and is an Honorary Professor of University of West London in London. Kenwright was awarded the CBE for his services to film and theatre for 2001.
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Kenwright left the show after a year to pursue his producing career in March 1969, although he did return to the show on occasion throughout the 1970s for guest appearances.
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  • 1968
    Age 22
    As a young man he became an actor. His early successes included a role in Coronation Street, as Gordon Clegg who was introduced in April 1968.
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  • 1957
    Age 11
    He attended Booker Avenue County Primary School, and then Liverpool Institute High School from 1957 to 1964 and appeared in school productions (including Shylock in The Merchant of Venice) on the stage in the Mount Street building (predecessor to LIPA).
    More Details Hide Details He was also treasurer of the Christian Union at school. In 2007, Kenwright was a judge in the BBC1 television series Any Dream Will Do. Kenwright is one of the UK's most successful theatre producers, best known for the long-running West End hit Blood Brothers and the record breaking tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other productions have included West End runs of Whistle Down the Wind at the Palace Theatre, Festen in London, on a UK tour and on Broadway, The Big Life, Elmina's Kitchen, Scrooge – The Musical, The Night of the Iguana, A Few Good Men, A Man For All Seasons alongside UK tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Tell Me on a Sunday and This is Elvis. He produced the London revival of Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre in September 2006, starring Anna Maxwell Martin, James Dreyfus and Sheila Hancock.
  • 1945
    Born on September 4, 1945.
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