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Blood Brothers – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Directors: Bob Thomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Hannah Powell With our current political climate becoming heated by Brexit and an ever-growing divide between those at the top and those living on the bread line, now seems the perfect time to revive such a play that displays what those in desperate need can be forced ...

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Blood Brothers – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Thomson & Bill Kenwright Reviwer: Alisha McCracken Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers tells the tale of twins separated at birth with strong themes of class and superstition. The superstitious Mrs. Johnson (Lyn Paul) is a single mother to seven children with another on the way, however, she struggles to afford to feed the children she already has. ...

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Blood Brothers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Matt Forrest It’s hard to believe that Blood Brothers just celebrated its 36th year, if anything, it feels older purely because the affection with which it is held. It’s certainly an institution of the theatre circuit and there’s no question why: this is a timeless, heart-breaking tale, of love, class and ...

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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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Spamalot – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh


Book: Eric Idle Music: John du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:  Tom Ralph Spamalot is a clever musical. The programme and posters proclaim that it is ‘lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ but that is only telling half the story. Eric Idle’s book and lyrics satirise musical theatre traditions, creating a ...

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Blood Brothers – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Steve Davies Who doesn’t know the story of the Johnstone twins? Well for the uninitiated it’s the tale of a mother who hands over one of her new born twins to a woman who can’t have children. It’s also the story of two boys who become friends ...

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Blood Brothers – Theatre Royal, St Helens

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Thomson Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe Blood Brothers is back on Merseyside and while it may not be in its spiritual home of Liverpool, here in St Helens it certainly packs the same emotional weight and gravitas it always has… Despite a reduction in the usual set due to the capacity of the stage, the cast pull ...

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