Smash-hit show returns to area

The latest touring visit of Willy Russell’s long-running, smash-hit musical Blood Brothers comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from April 16-20.

Voted “most popular British musical of all time” by New York Times readers, the musical has enjoyed sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, and continues to tour the UK.

Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and has been touring the UK since 1995.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and 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.

A sensational cast, show stopping music, remarkable staging and five-star performances have helped to make Blood Brothers an enthralling night of entertainment.

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

Edcuating Rita, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a two-year run in the West End and was made into a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters in 1983.

Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in 1989 in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.

Tickets to see Blood Brothers during its stay at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal are available by calling the box office at the Royal Centre on 0115 9895555.

n Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall is the venue on Friday, April 12, for a gig by Simple Minds as part of their latest UK tour.

They are touring the country, performing their Greatest Hits show to fans the length and breadth of the UK.

One of the most successful UK bands of the last 30 years, the Scottis outfit has a wealth of material to draw upon for a greatest hits show including Don’t You (Forget About Me), On The Waterfront and many more. Call the above number for ticket availability.