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.
Blood Brothers arrives at the UK’s top theatres for its 2019 tour, presented by prolific producer Bill Kenwright. Starring Linzi Hateley in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, the Olivier Award-winning musical features a book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell.
After running in London’s West End for 24 years, the award-winning Blood Brothersembarks on a 2019 tour across the UK – from Leeds to Llandudno and Bournemouth to Birmingham.
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, and the role of Mrs Johnstone has been played by the likes of Barbara Dickson, Stephanie Lawrence, 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 cast will feature Lyn Paul, who will be appearing in the piece for the last time, Joel Benedict as Eddie, Danielle Corlass as Linda, Danny Taylor as Sammy and Chloe Taylor as Mrs Lyons. Alexander Patmore returns as Mickey alongside Robbie Scotcher as the narrator. Joining them will be Tim Churchill, Graham Martin, Gemma Brodrick, Hannah Barr Graeme Kinniburgh, Shaun McCourt and Connor Bannister.
Cork Opera House
The Marlowe, Canterbury
27 -31 August
3 – 14 September
New Theatre Cardiff
17 – 28 September
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
September 30 – October 12th
14 – 19 October
New Theatre, Hull
22 – 26 October
Grand Opera House, York
28 October – 2 November
5 – 9 November
White Rock Theatre, Hastings
12 – 16 November
Orchard Theatre, Dartford