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Casting Announced for Bill Kenwright's U.K Tour of Blood Brothers


Bill Kenwright's legendary production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers returns to the stage. The much-loved musical, which performed to sell-out houses and standing ovations on its most recent UK tour in 2019-2020, returns with gusto, re-opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 13 August 2021.

In celebration of the musicals’ relaunch, Lyn Paul returns for her farewell tour in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, which she first made her own in London’s West End.

Lyn Paul in Blood Brothers - Past Production

Completing the cast is: Hannah Barr (Brenda), Joel Benedict (Eddie), Josh Capper (Neighbour), Tim Churchill (Mr Lyons), Danielle Corlass (Linda), Grace Galloway (Donna Marie/Miss Jones), Andy Owens(Perkins), Alex Patmore (Mickey), Robbie Scotcher (Narrator), Paula Tappenden (Mrs Lyons) and Danny Taylor (Sammy).

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.

Blood Brothers is one of my favourite shows ever and is the perfect trip to the theatre as Halloween approaches!

Here is a full list of dates and venues where you can catch the show:

Theatre Royal Plymouth - 13 August – 21 August 2021

Oxford New Theatre - 31 August – 04 September 2021

Southampton Mayflower Theatre - 07 September – 11 September 2021 - 02380 711811

Nottingham Theatre Royal - 14 September – 18 September 2021

Newcastle Theatre Royal - 21 September – 25 September 2021

Chester Storyhouse - 28 September – 02 October 2021

King’s Theatre Glasgow - 05 October – 09 October 2021

Edinburgh Playhouse - 12 October – 16 October 2021

Bradford Alhambra Theatre - 19 October – 23 October 2021

Shrewsbury Severn Theatre - 26 October – 30 October 2021

Birmingham Hippodrome - 02 November – 13 November 2021

Cheltenham Everyman Theatre - 16 November – 20 November 2021

Woking New Victoria Theatre - 23 November – 27 November 2021

When and where will you be seeing Blood Brothers?

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