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Macbeth – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptation:  Helen Jeffery Director: Daniel Taylor Reviewer: Matt Forrest Following on from last year’s successful productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet at the Epstein Theatre, they once again have turned to the bard to welcome in the spring with something far more sinister; Macbeth. “The Scottish play” is as revered as Hamlet and King Lear and ...

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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 – 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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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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