REVIEW: Blood Brothers at the Everyman Theatre
There have been some exceptional productions recently at the Everyman Theatre, with the recent hit comedy Calendar Girls breaking all Box office records in June. This month we have Blood Brothers.
This award winning musical written by Willy Russell has been running in London for over 20 years and judging by the numbers present during the performance it has been eagerly awaited in Cheltenham.
The story of two Liverpudlian twins separated at birth takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. It shows how their separate lives entwine over the years and very different upbringings. It is a story of love, guilt, betrayal, and an invisible bond shared by two young boys who become blood brothers at the age of seven, never learning their true identities until tragedy strikes. Excellent performances for me came from Sean Jones who played Mickey. As his character ages his whole persona changes effortlessly. The same actors play their characters from childhood to adulthood and do look as if they had excellent fun doing so! Lyn Paul (ex New Seekers) portrayed an outstanding Mrs Johnstone as the scouse mother. She has a fantastic clear voice which is imperative as much of the story is told through the music.
This production will make you laugh, make you cry and also make you think, but you will be engrossed from beginning to end. The end of the performance brought tears and even audible sobs, but most of all, a much deserved standing ovation from the audience.
Blood Brothers runs until 17 July.
Coming soon to the Everyman Theatre:
19 – 24 July: Bedroom Farce
26 – 31 July: Mum’s the Word
6 -11 September: Dreamboats and Petticoats
20-25 September: Oklahoma
28 September – 2 October: Chess
14 July 2010
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