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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Steve Coogan at Shakespeare North Playhouse evening


Steve Coogan will interview author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce in an intimate ‘evening with’ at Shakespeare North Playhouse next month.

The Saturday, February 4 conversation in the venue's Cockpit Theatre marks the 21th anniversary of the cult classic cinema release 24 Hour Party People, written by Cottrell Boyce and starring Coogan as the late Tony Wilson, founder of Manchester’s famous Factory Records.

Audience members can expect an evening of warmth, laughter and tales from the Rainhill-born writer’s career.

Cottrell Boyce’s other screen credits include Hilary and Jackie (which was partly filmed in Liverpool), Millions, The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Sometimes Always Never.

Michael Winterbottom directed 24 Hour Party People and the pair also joined forces again on A Cock and Bull Story, also starring Coogan.

Meanwhile Cottrell Boyce is also the man behind two seminal national moments – writing both the script for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony and the tea party scene between the late Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington to mark last year’s Platinum Jubilee.

His books include Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Noah’s Gold and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.

An Evening With Frank Cottrell Boyce takes place at Shakespeare North Playhouse on February 4. Tickets HERE

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