Musical spectacular 'Blood Brothers' arrives in Barnstaple

North Devon Gazette

Bill Kenwright's legendary, award-winning production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers returns to the stage in 2022 for a 16-week tour, including a spell in Barnstaple this March. Â

Niki Evans, returns to the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, after first joining the show in London’s West End and received standing ovations for her powerful and poignant ballads, while Sean Jones returns as Mickey Johnstone, a role which he has previously made his own, to critical acclaim.Â

Also joining the cast for 2022 are Carly Burns as Linda, Melissa Potts as Brenda and Jacob Yolland as the Bus Conductor. Â

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. It is considered 'one of the best musicals ever written' (Sunday Times). Â

This epic tale of Liverpool life started as a play, performed at a Liverpool comprehensive school in 1981, before opening at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983. The musical has since triumphed across the globe, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, and scooping up four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.  Â

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.  Â

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 to the show's shattering climax. Â

 Blood Brothers is on at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple from Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 March. Evening shows are 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.Â

Tickets can be booked on or by contacting the Box Office (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm) 01271 316 523.Â