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Preview: Blood Brothers at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Award Winning Musical To Visit Newcastle Theatre Royal

Blood Brothers

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 3 February 2024

The legendary, award-winning production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers, known for sell-out houses across the country, returns to Newcastle for one week only.

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

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Niki Colwell Evans and Sean Jones play the iconic roles of Mrs Johnstone and Mickey Johnstone respectively, with Gemma Brodrick reprising her role of Linda, and Joe Sleight as Eddie. Also returning to the 2024 production are Timothy Lucas (Sammy), Josh Capper (Neighbour), Sarah Jane Buckley (Mrs Lyons), Tim Churchill (Mr Lyons), Jess Smith (Brenda), Graeme Kinniburgh (Postman/Bus Conductor), and previous cast members Chloe Pole (Donna Marie) and Alex Harland (Policeman/Teacher) with further casting to be announced.

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Award-winning playwright Willy Russell’s 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. Bill Kenwright Ltd.’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

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Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers, scooping up four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, it is considered 'one of the best musicals ever written' (Sunday Times).

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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 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.

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Written by Willy Russell

Directed by Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright

Design by Andy Walmsley

Lighting Design by Nick Richings

Sound Design by Dan Samson

Musical Direction by Matt Malone


Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

Photo: Jack Merriman

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