Blood Brothers makes it debut at Waterside

WILLY Russell’s Blood Brothers is one of the best musicals of all time. There’s laughter and joy, tension and tragedy and I defy anyone not to watch without developing a lump in the throat. It’s a five-tissue weepie that will leave a lasting impression. It’s no wonder audiences book again and again to see this slice of Liverpool life.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st November 2011, 8:00 am

Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe, scooping up four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony nominations on Broadway and this week it has pitched up at The Waterside for a week-long run. Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable.

Niki Evans, one of the real success stories of X Factor, stars as Mrs Johnston. After reaching the X Factor final in 2007, Niki has gone on to carve an enviable career in musical theatre. Her portrayal as a single mum struggling to bring up her brood on the mean streets of Liverpool is both powerful and poignant.

This is a captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate. The memorable score include A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

When Mrs Johnston, 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 she is pregnant yet again – this time with twins. In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads exorably to the show’s shattering climax.

BB is written by Willy Russell, undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.

Running from Monday until Saturday. For tickets call the box office 0844 871 7607 or visit

*THE Ladyboys of Bangkok make a sensational return to The Grove for a show tonight. This sensational troupe bring Las Vegas glamour and big party atmosphere to their performances and - yes - they are all men! You’ll be amazed. For tickets call the box office 01582 602080.

The rest of the week sees Brendan Shine, Joe Pasquale, Simon and Garfunkel tribute and ballet.