With just over 2 months to go until Blood Brothers finally bids farewell to the West End, we wanted to share with you a number of special offers to see the show, to make sure you manage to see it one last time. Whilst we are certainly sad that it is coming to an end, we want to go out with a bang and have great supportive audiences to see us through to the end. After 24 years the show has proved to be a hit with audiences all over the world, and we are expecting that many people are going to make a return visit to the show before it leaves The Phoenix Theatre forever.
The final West End performance at the Phoenix Theatre will be on Saturday, November 10th 2012. We can only imagine the atmosphere at the final show – and you can be a part of it! We currently have tickets available for the final show in the Dress and Upper Circles, so don’t miss out on being a part of Blood Brothers history and seeing the show alongside other fans, past cast members and creative team.
The final week leading up to the end of the show is also set to be a big event, and we have tickets available at every performance, starting at only £38.00. Not only do we have fantastic availability for the final week, we also have great seats available throughout August and September, with some massive savings to be had. Now is the time to see this immortal musical for one final time!
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After an impressive 24 years, Blood Brothers is set to close on 10 November 2012
It is with deep regret that we announce that long running musical ‘Blood Brothers’ is set to close in the West End, after a record breaking 24 years. The show, currently running at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, as well as a successful UK tour, has apparently just been ‘breaking even’ and has suffered with the recent downfall of tourists in the West End due to the Olympics.
According to online news reports, the reason the show has closed is due to an agreement between theatre producer Bill Kenwright and owner of the venue Ambassadors Theatre Group. The show has been a staple in the West End for so many years, and it is sad that this has suddenly come to an end. Unlike many shows that end, the notice period has been relatively short, with cast and crew given notices last Saturday. People took to Twitter straight away to discuss the closure, and after a weekend of rumours it took until yesterday for the producers to address the situation and make an official announcement.
Although it was originally thought that Blood Brothers would replace the now closed production of Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre (another BK production) this has not been confirmed. With both Kenwright shows now out of the West End, all eyes are on the theatre producer to see what his next move will be.
Blood Brothers joins the ‘bloodbath’ of the West End that has seen many popular shows shut up shop. Chicago, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Ghost are three popular musicals that are all closing at the beginning of this season. With larger musicals such as The Book of Mormon, Viva Forever and The Bodyguard arriving in the West End from November, the face of London Theatre is quickly changing.
Rumours have been flying about which show will take over both theatres. It is thought that a successful Broadway production such as ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ or the Tony Award winning ‘Once’ are looking at the Playhouse and the Phoenix respectively.
Former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow has announced he is extending his run in the hit musical, Blood Brothers. Marti has been playing the part of the narrator since 1st November 2011 and was originally due to finish his run in the smash-hit Willy Russell musical in a couple of week’s time on 3rd March, but he has extended his run until 28th April 2012, much to the delight of his fans.
Blood Brothers currently shows at the Phoenix Theatre in London, where it has been playing to packed audiences for over twenty years, since 1991. The tragic and touching tale tells of twin brothers, separated at birth, brought up in different classes who are ultimately reunited. Songs from the score of the musical, also written by Willy Russell, include ‘Marilyn Monroe’, ‘A Bright New Day’ and the emotional finale, ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’.
Blood Brothers is currently taking bookings until 24th November 2012.
What do you make of this news? Are you pleased for Marti or do you think that it’s time someone else took over as the narrator? Have your say in the comments box below!
Actress and performer Vivienne Carlyle has recently taken over from Amy Robbins in the leading role of Mrs Johnstone in the West End stage version of Blood Brothers the Musical. The classic musical, one of the lonest-running showing in London and a firm-favourite with lovers of British musical theatre, has seen lots of high-profile and celebrated actresses fill in the coveted role of the working class mother of twins from Liverpool. Past performers in the role include Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton, Nolan sister Maureen and Sporty Spice Melanie C. As from 31st January 2012, the Phoenix Theatre added another great performer to its list of leading ladies in the role.
Vivienne Carlyle may be familiar to fans of the musical. She is no stranger to the tragic tale of twin brothers, separated at birth and brought up in different worlds, who find each other later in life – with dramatic consequences – as she has just finished playing Mrs Lyons. The role of Mrs Lyons is demanding in itself, although not as ‘main’ a role as Mrs Johnstone. Mrs Lyons has to cope with the fact that she herself cannot have children, to instead takes in one of the twins to raise as her own and lessen the cost for the poorer and biological mother. Mrs Johnstone however, is the principal character and sings the heartfelt closing song ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’. Vivienne herself has said that she is delighted to be cast in the role.
Born in Glasgow, Vivienne has many other credits to her name other than Blood Brothers. She has performed in productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Who’s Tommy and The Drowsy Chaperone, and has also played The Songbird in Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco in South America. As well as theatre work she has also provided backing vocals for stars such as Dina Carroll, Barry Manilow and Michael Bolton.
Be sure to catch Vivienne as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers!
Marti Pellow will perform with the Sunderland cast of Blood Brothers the musical for a limited period of two weeks. The Wet Wet Wet singer was due to perform his usual slot as narrator in the smash-hit musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London from 30th January until 11th February 2012, but due to “unforeseen circumstances” he is now performing in Sunderland on these dates instead.
Marti Pellow rose to fame in the late 1980s and 90s with his band Wet Wet Wet and began a solo career when he left the group in 1999. He later pursued his interest in musical theatre, starring in leading roles in shows such as Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick and Jekyll and Hyde. Pellow joined the West End cast of Blood Brothers in November 2011 to the delight of his fans and will play the role of the narrator until 3rd March 2012.
Did you have tickets specifically to see Marti during these two weeks? Are you lucky enough to have Sunderland tickets in these two weeks and are excited to see him in his highly-praised role? Add your thoughts and comments in the box below!
Musical theatre fans across the UK will be delighted to discover that the hugely popular musical Blood Brothers is extending its London performances well into 2012, with tickets now on sale until November of next year. Currently showing at the Phoenix Theatre London in the heart of Theatreland, Blood Brothers boasts the title of being one of the city’s longest-running musicals ever, with its West End debut having taken place at the Lyric Theatre in 1983 before transferring to the Phoenix in 1988. The musical has enjoyed an uninterrupted run at the theatre ever since, meaning that the extension into 2012 heralds an impressive 24th year of unbroken performances on the London stage and further cements Blood Brothers’ cult status amongst London musicals.
Blood Brothers tells the story of two brothers who are ripped apart at birth by fate and greed, and who grow up on very different sides of fortune. Micky lives an impoverished life with his birth mother, whereas Eddie grows up under the care of his mother’s wealthy employer and is afforded all of life’s luxuries. However, a series of chance meetings brings the two crashing back into each other’s lives, and the tangled friendships and relationships at the show’s surface slowly descend into tragedy. An emotionally gripping study of the social spectrum, Blood Brothers is still as moving and relevant today as it was at its opening in 1988, so the news that it will be reprising its position at the Phoenix for at least another year is sure to be a relief for staunch fans of the show.
The musical has seen a parade of esteemed musical theatre performers and celebrities take up the lead roles across the years, with actors as diverse as ex-Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, recent Eurovision hopeful Antony Costa and the current Mrs. Johnstone, ex-Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton, all treading the boards in the last few years. The creation of London theatre legend Willy Russell, Blood Brothers has won a string of awards in the years since its opening including an Olivier award for Best New Musical in 1983, and has charmed critics and theatregoers alike, with Evening Standard critic Fiona Mountfort commenting that ‘the show rings out as a rich, detailed and desperately moving piece of work’.
Now that the musical has announced its intention to carry on performing at the Phoenix Theatre for an extra 12 months beyond its previous final date of 26th November 2011, audiences both new and old have another chance to buy Blood Brothers tickets and catch this phenomenally long-running show in its London home. If its success continues at the same pace, we may even expect the production to make it to its quarter-century anniversary in 2013!
Blood Brothers holds the title of the longest ever run for a musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Having recently celebrated 22 years of entertaining audiences in shows at both the Noel Coward Theatre (formerly known as the Albery) and at its current location of the Phoenix, audiences nationwide now have the opportunity of seeing this hugely successful musical for themselves with the announcement of a number of tour dates for 2011.
A list of dates for June to November are below for you to find your nearest city – keep checking back as it is possible that more dates will be announced!
Dublin – June 7 – 25
For the majority of June the tour will be taking up residence at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Fondly known as the ‘Grand Old Lady of South King Street’, the 138-year old theatre is renowned for showcasing both international shows like Blood Brothers and championing Irish culture. Restorations in 2003 and more recently in 2007 have resulted in the theatre being able to host both small and large-scale productions in comfort.
For more information regarding the Blood Brothers tour in Dublin and about the Gaiety Theatre itself, visit www.gaietytheatre.com
Preston – June 27 – July 2
Between the 27th June and 2nd July the tour will visit the Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre. With two main venues, the Grand Hall Arena and the Charter Theatre, it is able to host a variety of events, ranging from concerts seating over 2,000 people to more traditional theatrical productions in a specially-tailored space.
Perth – July 11 – 16
In July the tour will be journeying north to Scotland for a stint at Horsecross, the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall. Both Horsecross venues have won a number of awards in recent years, including the Pulitzer Prize, and the Perth Theatre in particular is a 100-year old establishment encompassing a range of live entertainment, from comedy, drama, new writing, small-scale performances, jazz and singer-songwriters to of course, musicals.
Leeds – July 18-23
From the 18th until the 23rd June, the tour will be calling at the Grand Theatre and Opera House in the centre of Leeds. As well as showing touring productions throughout the year, the venue is the home of Opera North and regularly hosts the Northern Ballet Theatre. In addition to its main theatre, the restoration of the Howard Assembly Room has provided another performance space for more experimental opera and theatre.
Aylesbury – October 31 – November 5
Towards the end of the year the tour will be playing at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. The theatre opened in 2010 next to the canal as part of a regeneration of the area, and aims to include a diverse range of entertainment across West End shows, pantomime, comedy, dance, international opera and ballet and gigs.
If you are unable to see the show in London and the Blood Brothers tour is arriving soon at a venue near you, please visit our tickets page for more information on how to book tickets for this classic musical.
‘Blood Brothers’ the musical was written by playwright and composer Willy Russell in 1983 and was first shown to audiences in Liverpool, Russell’s home city, before transferring to London’s West end in 1988. In 1991, the musical moved from the Noel Coward Theatre, formerly the Albery, to the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road, where it still shows to sold-out audiences to this day. As well as writing the story for ’Blood Brothers’, Willy Russell also composed the musical score, has written several other plays and TV shows since and has published one novel in the year 2000.
Before ‘Blood Brothers’, Willy Russell had written several plays and musicals such as ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert’, a musical about British pop group The Beatles, which showed at the Lyric Theatre in London in 1974 and ran for a successful year, having been named ‘Best Musical of 1974’ by the Evening Standard Awards. In 1980, three years before Blood Brothers premiered to audiences in Liverpool, Willy Russell’s play ‘Educating Rita’ was shown at The Warehouse in London. The play was set entirely in the office of an Open University lecturer and told the story of the relationship between a young Liverpudlian hairdresser and a middle-aged university professor. The play was so successful that Russell adapted the screenplay for a film in 1983 starring Julie Walters, who had originally played the part on the stage, and Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine. For his adapted screenplay, Russell received an Oscar and a BAFTA nomination.
As well as ‘Educating Rita’ and ‘Blood Brothers’, Willy Russell has seen soaring success with the play ‘Shirley Valentine’ , the story of a middle-aged housewife from Liverpool, focusing on her life before and after a life-changing holiday abroad. The play first opened in Liverpool in 1986 before transferring to London’s Vaudeville Theatre starring Pauline Collins. The show crossed the pond to New York where it ran for over 300 performances on Broadway and won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. In 1989, ‘Shirley Valentine’ was adapted into a film, again starring Collins as the title role, where she received a BAFTA Award. Willy Russell also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for the BAFTA and Oscar Awards.
Willy Russell’s plays are often revived on the London and UK stage, most recently from 20th July to 30th October 2010 when ‘Shirley Valentine’ was performed for a limited run, with Meera Syal in the title role. Stay tuned for any news on Willy Russell revivals in 2011.
Blood Brothers the musical has been and continues to be extremely successful, as it has played continuously to London audiences since 1988 and has become the longest-running show ever at the Phoenix Theatre, its current home. The show has seen a host of celebrities take to the stage in leading roles, and the soundtrack which was released in 1995 by the current cast at the time, has become popular amongst fans of the musical. The music was in fact composed by playwright Willy Russell, who also wrote the story of Blood Brothers, as well as other plays including Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. The cast recording included Stephanie Lawrence as Mrs. Johnstone and Paul Crosby and Mark Hutchinson as brothers Mickey and Eddie.
Songs in the musical include ‘Marilyn Monroe’ which is sung by Mrs. Johnstone and sees two reprisals later on in the show. Others include ‘Kids’ Game’, ‘Bright New Day’, ‘Shoes Upon the Table’, ‘Long Sunday Afternoon/My Friend’ and the emotional closing song, ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’, again sung by Mrs. Johnstone. Full track listing of the songs in the musical is as follows:
2. Marilyn Monroe
3. My Child
4. Easy Terms
5. Shoes Upon The Table
6. July 18th
7. Kids’ Game
8. Gypsies In The Wood
9. Long Sunday Afternoon / My Friend
10. Bright New Day
11. Entr’acte / Marilyn Monroe 2
13. That Guy
14. Summer Sequence
15. I’m Not Saying A Word
16. One Day In October
17. The Robbery
18. Marilyn Monroe 3
19. Light Romance / Madman
20. The Council Chamber
21. Tell Me It’s Not True
Lyrics to the popular song, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ can be seen below:
Once I had a husband
You know the sort of chap
I met him at a dance
And how he came on with the chat
Y’dancin’, I think you’re a bleedin’ cracker
He said my eyes were deep blue pools
My skin as soft as snow
He told me I was sexier than Marilyn Monroe
And we went dancing
We went dancing
Then of course, I found
That I was six weeks overdue
We got married at the registry
An’ then we had a “do”
Bring on the bevvies
They said the bride was lovelier than Marilyn Monroe
And we went dancing
Yes, we went dancing
Then the baby came along
we called him
Then three months on I found that I was
In the club again
I married a bleedin’ rabbit
An’ though I still fancied dancing
My husband wouldn’t go
Get lost will y’
By the time I was 25
I looked like 42
Me husband he walked out on me
A month or two ago
For a girl they say
Who looks a bit like Marilyn Monroe
No more dancing
No more dancing
The 1995 recording to Blood Brothers the musical is the only official soundtrack available, and it is available to buy online, or at the merchandise stands at the Phoenix Theatre.
Blood Brothers was written by playwright and composer Willy Russell, and has become one of the most successful and beloved British musicals of all time. If you are a fan of the Liverpudlian twins, whose separation at birth ultimately leads them to each other again, with tragic consequences, then you may be considering seeing another show in London, similar to Blood Brothers. So which shows are a must-see if you enjoyed Blood Brothers?
Billy Elliot the musical is fairly new to the London stage, having been performing to audiences since 2005. It was adapted from the 2000 Oscar-nominated movie of the same name, and currently shows at the Victoria Palace Theatre. As well as Blood Brothers, Billy Elliot is a British musical set in the North of England, in a fictional town during the mid-1980s. It tells the emotional story of a boy whose dream is to become a ballet dancer and it follows his journey and struggles as he tries to win the approval of his family who are fighting to make ends meet. There are lots of similarities due to the family nature and the emotional hardships, and although the stories are very different, they are both captivating and expressive, with brilliant scores. Billy Elliot also features some of the West End’s best dancing, and if you enjoyed Blood Brothers, you will certainly like Billy Elliot.
War Horse is a new play that was first staged at the National Theatre in 2007, and subsequently transferred to the West End in 2009. It currently shows at the New London Theatre and will begin a Broadway run from March 2011. War Horse is a deeply emotional and moving tale about a young horse owner who has to sell his beloved pet to the British Army to be used on the battlefields during the First World War. The close bonds of loyalty between horse and owner are expressed on stage using life-sized horse puppets from the Handspring Puppet Company, and if you were moved by the brotherly bonds in Blood Brothers, then you are sure to be similarly moved by the bonds in British play, War Horse.
There is such a wide-range of shows on in London that there is bound to be several others that you will enjoy if you liked Blood Brothers the musical. Billy Elliot and War Horse, however, are two British shows along with the Willy Russell classic that convey deep emotions and a sense of family bonds with moving and expressive music.