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Blood Brothers – St Helens Theatre Royal

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts  At the tender age of 35, Blood Brothers is still gaining instantaneous standing ovations wherever it’s performed and at St Helens Theatre Royal, that acclaim continues. It’s no surprise really when the show's themes of class, recession, nature vs nurture and depression are still so prevalent and newsworthy. It becomes hard not to ...

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Blood Brothers – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Sarah O’Toole [rating:4.5] “And do we blame superstition for what came to pass? Or could it be what we have come to know as class?” Even 28 years since this line was first said out loud on a stage, Willy Russell’s long running musical hit, still strikes a chord with its ...

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Blood Brothers – New Theatre Oxford

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Pete Benson [rating:4.5] Blood Brothers is Willy Russell’s masterpiece. It is so well constructed it would be difficult to fail to make it work. You can feel Russell’s heart and soul in the writing and you would have to have a stone where your heart is not to be moved. ...

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Blood Brothers – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] “Why couldn’t I be like Eddie?”, Mickey Johnstone seems to be crying at the climax of this musical, jealous of his friend’s advantages in life. Mickey is from the wrong side of the tracks and near the end of a seemingly inevitable downward spiral. ...

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Blood Brothers – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4.5] “Did you ever hear the story of the Johnston twins? As like each other as two new pins. How one was kept and one given away. How they were born and they died on the self-same day.” Whether new to the story or if Blood Brothers is a firm favourite, ...

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