PREVIEW: Blood Brothers, Sunderland Empire

Bill Kenwright production of  BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell Directed by Bob Tomson

Bill Kenwright production of BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell Directed by Bob Tomson

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FOLLOWING sell-out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, the international hit musical Blood Brothers is heading to Wearside.

Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, it has scooped no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.

This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and has been touring the UK since 1995.

It tells the moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited, by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.

It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins. In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.

The show will star Maureen Nolan in the leading role of Mrs Johnstone.

The musical was penned by Willy Russell, one of the country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His many credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.

Blood Brothers will run at the Sunderland Empire from February 10-15.

Tickets, priced from £10, are available in person at the Box Office or from £12.90 when calling 0844 871 3022. Alternatively, book online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland where a transaction fee applies.