Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers arrives at the UK’s top theatres as part of a celebratory 30th anniversary UK tour, presented by prolific producer Bill Kenwright. Starring Lyn Paul in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, the Olivier Award-winning musical features a book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell.

Originally premiering at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983, before transferring to the West End in the same year, Blood Brothers is one of London’s top five longest-running musicals, winning the Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actress in its opening year. In 1988, the musical reopened at the Noel Coward Theatre (formerly Albery Theatre), before transferring to the Phoenix Theatre in 1991. Blood Brothers remained at the Phoenix Theatre for an impressive 24 years, before finally closing its doors on 10 November 2012.

Blood Brothers has seen a variety of revivals across the globe; in the West End, UK tours, Australia, Broadway and even South Africa. Huge stars have featured in the production, with the original cast including Barbara Dickson, Andrew Schofield, George Costigan and Andrew C. Wadsworth. The iconic role of Mrs Johnstone has been taken on by a host of stars, including Kiki Dee, Lyn Paul, Stephanie Lawrence, Siobhan McCarthy, the Nolan sisters, Marti Webb, Carole King and Melanie Chisholm.

Seen by millions all over the world, Blood Brothers continues to be one of theatre’s favourite musicals, featuring memorable songs including “Marilyn Monroe”, “Shoes Upon the Table”, “Easy Terms” and “Tell Me It’s Not True”.

The Story

Blood Brothers is the heart-breaking story of Mickey and Edward, two brothers separated at birth but brought together again through an unlikely friendship. With their familial relationship concealed by their parents, who have striven to keep them apart because of superstitious beliefs, the pair find themselves irreversibly intertwined.

Despite relocating, their lives continue to be tangled, although the deep divisions between Edward’s privileged life and Mickey’s poverty-stricken existence begin to be a burden. As they try to conquer social divisions, their friendship is damaged and they are forced to deal with the harsh realities of class consciousness, with Edward leaving to attend Oxford, whilst Mickey spirals into a life of crime.

As adults, the brothers are caught in a vicious love triangle with Mickey’s childhood sweetheart, Linda. When Mickey is imprisoned, Linda’s subsequent depression forces her into the arms of a conciliatory Edward. A desperate Mickey decides to take action against his fraternal twin, which ultimately exposes their true identities.

Tour Dates

New Theatre, Cardiff
26th – 30th September 2017

Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
2nd – 7th October 2017

Storyhouse, Chester
9th – 14th October 2017

De Montfort Hall, Leicester
16th – 21st October 2017

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
23rd – 28th October 2017

Bradford Alhambra, Bradford
30th October – 4th November 2017

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
6th – 11th November 2017

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
21st – 25th November 2017

Sunderland Empire, Sunderland
27th November – 2nd December 2017

Theatre Royal, Bath
15th – 20th January 2018

Grand Opera House, Belfast
23rd January – 3rd February 2018

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
5th – 10th February 2018

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
13th – 17th February 2018

Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington
20nd – 24th February 2018

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh
5th – 10th March 2018

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
12th – 17th March 2018

Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
19th – 24th March 2018

The Sands Centre, Carlisle
26th – 31st March 2018

Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
3rd – 7th April 2018

Hall for Cornwall, Truro
9th – 14th April 2018

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
16th April – 21st April 2018

Regent Theatre, Ipswich
30th April – 5th May 2018

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
8th – 12th May 2018

Palace Theatre, Manchester – Book tickets
15th – 26th May 2018

  • bob
    #1 written by bob  6 years ago

    it was terrible

    • jane
      #2 written by jane  5 years ago

      you may not of liked it, but if it was terrible it would not of run for 29 years and been 1 of the longest running shows

    • Dave
      #3 written by Dave  5 years ago

      You must have seen the wrong play.I’ve seen it 5 times,and will be going again when it comes to Coventryor Birmingham!!

    • Aaron Burton
      #4 written by Aaron Burton 5 years ago

      it is not terrible i have seen this show so many times it is amazing………………………

  • Mike
    #5 written by Mike  6 years ago

    Sadly missed – but I suspect it will be back

    One of the Great British musicals – hence it’s long run here and Broadway success.

    Hope to see it back soon

  • anonymous
    #6 written by anonymous  6 years ago

    What an amazing musical, I was gripped from start to finish.. Very upsetting that it will not be showing any longer at phoenix, I hope they change their mind and bring it back!

  • cofo
    #7 written by cofo  6 years ago

    it was excellent, i recommend it to all you guys xD

    #8 written by PHIL HUGHES  5 years ago

    Bob obviously watched something else.
    I saw Blood Brothers over 100 times, mostly at The Phoenix in the West End, and in many other parts of the country, including The Sunderland Empire.
    When I went, Mrs Johnstone was always LYN PAUL, and she was brilliant in the role.
    That`s why Bill Kenwright chose her, out of all the women who have ever led the cast, LYN PAUL is the undisputed definitive “Mrs J” of all time.
    Bob, the show was not/is not terrible, it is gutsy, down to earth pure theatre. An incredible show, which needed little publicity, or big hit records in the pop charts. It has run, and continues to run all over the world, and it will return in triumph to the West End one day because it is real class. A giant amongst musicals…

    • Dave
      #9 written by Dave  5 years ago

      I first saw Linda Nolan as “Mrs J”……such a powerful voice from a tiny lady,and to recover from cancer is amazing.

  • George Cobbold
    #10 written by George Cobbold  5 years ago

    OMFG. Best thing Ive ever seen live.

  • Laz
    #11 written by Laz  5 years ago

    Love love love this. I was going to take my fella. I can’t believe it’s not showing at the moment

  • Ann Womersley
    #12 written by Ann Womersley 5 years ago

    Fantastic musical- bob’s obviously got no soul!! See 3 different Nolan sisters and lyn paul as Mrs J- always fantastic – heart wrenching- going to see it again soon in Sheffield with the wonderful Marti pellow- long may it reign

  • Matthew
    #13 written by Matthew  5 years ago

    Blood Brothers was one of the best shows that I have seen. It was great and so moving such a great story.

  • Eleanor wadden
    #14 written by Eleanor wadden  5 years ago

    This is one of the worlds greatest theatre productions ever and it should not close

  • Anonymous
    #15 written by Anonymous  5 years ago

    It was the best show i ever seen in London. Can’t wait to see it again.

  • Jasmine Darby
    #16 written by Jasmine Darby  5 years ago

    Saw blood brother when it came to cheltenham a few years ago with school – LOVED IT. Took my boyfriend, mum and her partner to see it last week as it came back to cheltenham again, still amazing and I cannot even describe how fantastic the cast were! Maureen Nolan made an amazing Mrs J and the boys playing Sammy, Eddie and Mickey could not have been cast better!

  • Leah
    #17 written by Leah  5 years ago

    I went to watch Blood Brothers for the first time in the Sheffield theatre last month. I can honestly say it was the best show I have ever seen! I cried, laughed, even winced slightly at the gun shots. Definitely worth watching!

  • #222
    #18 written by #222  5 years ago

    we are currntly doing this in drama at uni it is a very good play bit of a sad one, i hope yopu all like it cause their will never be on e shown ever again,GOODLUCKGUYSSS!

  • Hannah
    #19 written by Hannah  5 years ago

    Can’t believe the tour is closing!!!!!!!! MUST MUST MUST come out on DVD?!? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – maybe a recording of the last night of the tour??? best musical ever! Les Mis is currently sold out courtesy of the film, and the same was shown for Phantom and Mamma Mia – BRING OUT A FILM!

  • Wayne
    #20 written by Wayne  5 years ago

    A great show. A good story,songs and simple sets can be just as effective and enjoyable as the big lavish productions. I would like to see it again.

  • Ross
    #21 written by Ross  5 years ago

    This play is what got my love affair with theatre started as a young boy. A truely fantastic musical/play that brought tears and laughter. You’d have to be mad to not like it!!

  • Claire
    #22 written by Claire 5 years ago

    OMG Love Blood Brothers…did promise my hubby I would stop going to see it on tour and West End when I reached 50 times…. didnt quite manage it made it to 51 :)…. loved it so much and will miss it

  • laura
    #23 written by laura  5 years ago

    this play is amazing x 🙂

  • laura
    #24 written by laura  5 years ago

    Left me feeling as if I had been a part of the story. I was mesmorised from beginning to the end!

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