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Blood Brothers 30th Anniversary UK Tour Continues Into Autumn 2017

2017 has marked 30 years since Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers first toured the UK. In celebration, this iconic musical has been visiting theatres across the country, performing to sell-out houses and receiving standing ovations. Due to its continued success the tour is continuing into the Autumn, opening on Tuesday 29 August at G Live in Guildford.

Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no fewer than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable.

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, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Blood Brothers also ran in London’s West End for 24 years, exceeding 10,000 performances, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

No stranger to Blood Brothers, ‘The definitive Mrs Johnstone’ (Manchester Evening News) Lyn Paul reprises the iconic role, one she first played in 1997. Lyn played Mrs Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.

Lyn rose to fame in the early 1970s as a member of the New Seekers. She was the featured vocalist on their 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’, in which they came second and lead vocalist on the 1974 number-one hit ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’. Among the group’s other works, they recorded the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’, adapted from an advertising jingle for Coca-Cola, which sold over 20 million copies and still remains one of the 100 best-selling singles in the UK. She has also starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George’s musical Taboo and in Footloose – the Musical.

Musical theatre regular Dean Chisnall returns to the role of the Narrator. He has performed in a number of musicals including Shrek the Musical (West End and UK tour), Love Never Dies, Never Forget, Evita and The Woman in White. Sean Jones reprises his role as Mickey, a role he has performed in the West End, including as part of the final cast at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012 alongside Lyn Paul, and on tour.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

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. A sensational cast, incredible show stopping music, remarkable staging and five star performances make Blood Brothers an enthralling night of entertainment.

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.

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BLOOD BROTHERS – AUTUMN 2017 TOUR DATES

 

Tuesday 29 August – Saturday 2 September                                     Box Office:  01483 369350

G Live, Guildford                                                                                           Website: www.glive.co.uk

 

Tuesday 5 September – Saturday 16 September                            Box Office: 0844 871 7648

King’s Theatre, Glasgow                                                                            Website: www.atgtickets.com

 

Tuesday 19– Saturday 23 September                                                   Box Office: 01603 630000

Theatre Royal, Norwich                                                                                             Website: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 September                                                  Box Office: 029 2087 8889

New Theatre, Cardiff                                                                                  Website: www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk  

 

Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October                                                             Box Office:  0844 871 7652

Milton Keynes Theatre                                                                                              Website: www.atgtickets.com

 

Monday 9 – Saturday 14 October                                                          Box Office: 01244 409113

Chester Story House                                                                                   Website: www.storyhouse.com

 

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 October                                                        Box Office: 0116 233 3111

De Montfort Hall, Leicester                                                                      Website: www.demontforthall.co.uk

 

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 October                                                        Box Office: 01383 740384

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline                                                            Website: www.alhambradunfermline.com

 

Monday 30 October– Saturday 4 November                                    Box Office: 01274 432000

Bradford Alhambra                                                                                      Website: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

 

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 November                                                     Box Office:  01604 624811

Northampton Derngate                                                                             Website: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

 

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 November                                                   Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Theatre Royal, Nottingham                                                                      Website: www.trch.co.uk

 

Monday 27 November – Saturday 2 December                                               Box Office: 0844 871 3022

Sunderland Empire                                                                                     Website: www.atgtickets.com

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