Show: Blood Brothers
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Theatre: Phoenix Theatre
"Devastating. A masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it, go. If you have, go again!" – News of the World. "The greatest musical of the decade" – International Herald Tribune.
Blood Brothers is one of the West End’s longest running Theatre Breaks shows and has won a variety of awards, including best musical by the Society of London Theatres. Currently the role of the twins’ mother, Mrs Johnstone, is played by Amy Robbins best known for her role in ITV’s The Royal. She follows a variety of big-name performers into the role including Natasha Hamilton, Lynn Paul, Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Linda and Denise Nolan. Over 10,000,000 people have already seen this fabulous Theatre Break. Every night audiences stood and cheered. See it for yourself and understand why! Hailed by critics as ‘the greatest musical of the decade’, this international smash hit musical Theatre Break has scooped up four awards for Best Musical in London, seven Tony nominations on Broadway and receives a standing ovation at every performance – Blood Brothers is truly unforgettable. Blood Brothers is a 1983 musical with book, lyrics, and music by Willy Russell. It is one of the longest-running plays of all time, with the 1988 West End production still running after 23 years. The play is a contemporary nature vs. nurture tale revolving around fraternal twins separated at birth. The twins’ different backgrounds take them to the opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming an Oxbridge graduated councilor and the other ending up on the dole and in prison for a while. Both fall in love with the same girl, which leads them to the tragic conclusion. The central character of the show is their mother, Mrs. Johnstone. The original production by Willy Russell was written as a school play and presented in 1981. Russell then developed the work into a full blown play, which opened in the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983, starring Barbara Dickson. It was only a modest success. The show transferred to London where it played for only six months or so before closing. Then Bill Kenwright took over the show and following a year long national tour it reopened in the Albery Theatre in London in 1988 before transferring it to the Phoenix Theatre, where it has been running since. Con O’Neill, who played Mickey, was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. Few musical Theatre Breaks have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers, which, having opened in 1988 to tremendous acclaim, continues to enjoy standing ovations at almost every devastating performance. In the USA it has had a record breaking run, a hugely successful coast to coast tour and was nominated for 7 Tony Awards. CLICK HERE for Blood Brothers Theatre Break reviews and blogs
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