Blood Brothers return to Coventry on 30th anniversary tour

The play is drawn from everyday Liverpool life

The play is drawn from everyday Liverpool life

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Musical favourite Blood Brothers returns to the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry next week as part of its 30th anniversary tour.

Willy Russell’s tale of Liverpool life started as a play, performed at a Liverpool comprehensive school in 1981 before opening at the Liverpool Empire in 1983, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan. Blood Brothers also ran in London’s West End for 24 years, exceeding 10,000 performances, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

No stranger to Blood Brothers, Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs Johnstone, whom she first played in 1997. Lyn has also starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George’s musical Taboo and in Footloose - the Musical.

Lyn rose to fame in the early 1970s as a member of the New Seekers. She was the featured vocalist on their 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry, Beg, Steal or Borrow, in which they came second, and lead vocalist on the 1974 number-one hit You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me. Among the group’s other works, they recorded the song I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, adapted from an advertising jingle for Coca-Cola, which sold over 20 million copies and still remains one of the 100 best-selling singles in the UK.

The cast for Blood Brothers includes Sarah Jane Buckley, Dean Chisnall, Mark Hutchinson, Sean Jones, Adam Search, Danielle Corlass, Tim Churchill, Graham Martin, Laura Harrison, Alison Crawford, Graeme Kinniburgh, Henry Regan and Josh Capper.

Blood Brothers tells 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 Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Willy Russell is one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His 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 will run on the Main Stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Monday March 6 to Saturday March 11. Tickets cost from £28.50 . Call 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk to book.