Blood Brothers - Phoenix Theatre

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Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London
London
WC2H 0JP

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 24 review(s)

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Latest Review: "Willie Russell and Bill Kenwright created and produced a touch of heaven in BB. From the plot to ..."

Age Restriction: Suitable for children aged 12 and over. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

What can be said about Blood Brothers that has not been said already!  This critically acclaimed musical, set in Liverpool in the 1960’s and 70’s deals with issues of right and wrong, poverty and class, and focuses on one woman’s struggle to bring up her children.

Blood Brothers was written by Liverpool born Willy Russell, a highly successful dramatist who was responsible for such sterling productions as Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita.  He wrote Blood Brothers in 1981 and that went on to enjoy success at the Liverpool Playhouse with Barbara Dickson in a lead role. 

It closed in 1983 but in 1987 it was revived by producer Bill Kenwright and from then has gone from strength to strength.  It moved to the Phoenix Theatre in 1991 which is also its current home and is one of the most enduring musicals in the West End.   It has been voted the most popular British musical by readers of the New York Times and has acquired a raft of awards which include seven Tony awards on Broadway and four nominations for Best Musical in London, UK.

It tells the story of a single mother, Mrs Johnstone who is struggling to manage her large family.  In order to help things financially, she takes on a job as a cleaner to a wealthy lady, Mrs Lyons.  Mrs Johnstone is pregnant and confides in Mrs Lyons that she is in fact expecting twins but feels that this is more than she can cope with.

Mrs Lyons suggests that she give one of the children to her which would makes things easier for Mrs Johnstone.  Mrs Johnstone is very superstitious and agrees to Mrs Lyon’s proposal by swearing on the bible.  The twins – two boys are born and Mrs Johnstone regrets her decision but Mrs Lyons ensures that she fulfils her promise and states that if she tells the two boys the truth then they will both drop dead.

The scene fast forwards to the two boys, Mickey and Eddie who are now adults.  They have never met up until now but a chance meeting results in a close friendship and they swear to be ‘blood brothers’ for ever. 

However, things don’t turn out as they planned.  Eddie does well for himself and gains the affection of the girl Mickey had fallen for.  Conversely, Mickey has followed a life of crime and his girlfriend has fallen for Eddie whilst he is in prison. 

Mickey is released from prison and finds out about Eddie and his girlfriend.  He arms himself with a gun and decides to confront Mickey.  Whilst doing so he reveals his jealousy of Mickey; how he has become successful and achieved things whereas things have never worked out for him.  At this moment, their mother, Mrs Johnstone appears and tells both boys the truth in an attempt to disarm Mickey.  However, it goes dramatically wrong when Mickey accidentally discharges the gun and kills Eddie.  The police are also on the scene and one of them then shoots Mickey and kills him. 

In a macabre fashion, the prophecy of Mrs Lyons has come true.

This not to be missed show contains such memorable songs as ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ and ‘Bright New Day’ and will take you on a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

Note:  No admittance to children aged 4 or under.  Due to the nature of the content recommended age for children is 12 and over. 

Show Information
Booking Until: Saturday, 27th October 2012
Matinees: Wednesday, Thursday 3pm and Saturday 4pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7:45pm
Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Age Restriction: Suitable for children aged 12 and over. Children under 4 will not be admitted.
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