Joining the cast for the Autumn tour are Jay Worley (Eddie), Richard Munday (Narrator) and Timothy Lucas (Sammy). They will join previous cast members; Paula Tappenden (Mrs Lyons), Tim Churchill (Mr Lyons), Carly Burns (Linda), Nick Wilkes (Policeman/Teacher), Josh Capper (Neighbour), Grace Galloway (Donna Marie/Miss Jones), Melissa Potts (Brenda), Andy Owens (Perkins) and Jacob Yolland (Bus Conductor).
Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Considered ‘one of the best musicals ever written’ (Sunday Times), Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (Daily Mail).
This epic tale of Liverpool life started as a play, performed at a Liverpool comprehensive school in 1981, before opening at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983. The musical has since triumphed across the globe, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, and scooping up four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.
The superb score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.
When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet. It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.
Willy Russell is undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Educating Rita, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a two-year run in the West End and was made into a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.
Bill Kenwright presents
Autumn 2022 UK Tour
28 July – 03 December 2022
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright
Musical Direction by Matt Malone
Sound by Dan Samson
Set & Costumes by Andy Walmsley
Lighting by Nick Richings
Associate Lighting Designer Darran Curtis
Theatre Royal, Windsor
28 July– 30 July 2022 01753 853 8888
Grand Opera House, Belfast
02 – 13 August 2022 028 9024 1919
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
23 – 27 August 2022 01738621031
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
30 August – 03 September 2022 0333 009 6690
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds
06 – 10 September 2022 01132430808
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
13 – 17 September 2022 01902429212
Empire Theatre, Sunderland
20 – 24 September 2022 0844 871 7615
Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent
27 September – 01 October 2022 0844 871 7615
The Sands Centre, Carlisle
04 – 08 October 2022 01228633766
Winter Gardens, Blackpool
11 – 15 October 2022 0844 770 0593
Lowry Theatre, Salford
18 – 22 October 2022 0343 208 6000
The Empire, Liverpool
25 October – 05 November 2022 0844 871 7615
The Orchard, Dartford
08 – 12 November 2022 03433100033
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
15 – 19 November 2022 0844 871 7615
22 – 26 November 2022 01202 280000
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
29 November – 03 December 2022 029 2063 6464
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)