Birmingham Hippodrome opened the first-ever UK tour of Blood Brothers starring Helen Reddy back in 1995, now more than 19 years later the international hit returns for its ninth season at the theatre starring Maureen Nolan from Monday 13 – Saturday 25 October 2014.
Maureen Nolan makes a welcome return to the role of Mrs Johnstone after playing the iconic part in both the West End and on tour; she was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earning them entry in to the Guinness Book of Records.
Maureen has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old. Together they became one of Europe’s first girl bands – The Nolans. The Nolans’ success is legendary, including phenomenal record sales worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold more records than The Beatles!
Blood Brothers ran in London’s West End for 24 years, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone, and has scooped up multiple awards across the globe including no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.
The musical 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
Willy Russell is undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Educating 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. Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.
Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with designs by Andy Walmsley. Dan Samson is the original sound designer. Rod Edwards is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the production musical director.
Blood Brothers runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday 13 – Saturday 25 October 2014. Tickets are priced £18-£38 and available on 0844 338 5000 or online at birminghamhippodrome.com 5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person) postage from £1. Phone calls from 5p per minute. Prices and discounting subject to change.
Perf times: Mon-Sat eves 7.30pm, Wed mats 2pm, Sat mats 2.30pm.
Signed performance Tue 21 Oct 7.30pm; Captioned performance Thu 23 Oct 7.30pm; Audio described performance Sat 25 Oct 2.30pm.