Willy Russel’s Blood Brothers – a review

By Kieran

Bill Kenwright’s legendary, award-winning production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers returns to the stage in 2022.

The much-loved musical, performed to sell-out houses on its recent 2021 UK tour returns with gusto, running nationally from 14 January – 07 May 2022. 

Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. Written by Willy Russell, the legendary production tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Niki Evans, returns to the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, after first joining the show in London’s West End and received standing ovations for her powerful and poignant ballads, while Sean Jones returns as Mickey Johnstone, a role which he has previously made his own, to critical acclaim. 

Also joining the cast for 2022 are Carly Burns as Linda, Melissa Potts as Brenda and Jacob Yolland as the Bus Conductor. 

This performance saw. Couple of changes to the cast, due to covid isolations, so Mickey was played by Josh Capper and Sammy was played by Pete Washington.

This must be the twelfth time I’ve seen Blood Brothers, and everytime it hits hard and deep. The emotional context, the families setting and the deep performances really make this play stand shoulders above other’s touring at the moment. The only play I have seen where the ending isn’t positive and the negative resolution is always getting closer from the very first scene.

But it’s not all heart breaking. The humour, the music and the strong vocal performances give it a pace and endearing quality that more than balances out the death and injustice of the rest of the story.




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