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Blood Brothers to close after nearly 24 years in the West End

Blood BrothersRumours on Twitter are never the best way to hear about a show closing but this seems to be par for the course in recent times. As mentioned over the weekend on the social networking site, the news is officially confirmed today.

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, London’s third longest-running musical, has posted closing notices after 10,000 performances and nearly 24 years in the West End.

The Bill Kenwright production is due to give its final performance at the Phoenix Theatre on 27th October 2012. There had been mention of Blood Brothers transferring to the Playhouse Theatre but this doesn’t appear to be the case, with no immediate plans to transfer.

The initial production was written as a school play and presented in 1981. Russell then evolved it into a professional play, which opened, at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983, starring Barbara Dickson and Andrew C Wadsworth. It was a limited success.

The show transferred to London where it played for just six months before closing. Bill Kenwright took over the show and after a successful year-long national tour it opened in the Albery Theatre (now The Noel Coward Theatre) in London in 1988 before transferring to the Phoenix Theatre.

Monday 6th August, 2012


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