The captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth is told in the multi award winning show Blood Brothers.
Written by Willy Russell and based in Liverpool, the emotional tale has been a hit across the world and has seen stars including Petula Clark and David Cassidy taking on the iconic roles.
This month the show is coming to the Waterside with Nolan Sister Maureen in the title role of Mrs Johnstone, and Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow as the narrator, returning to our town following his recent appearance here as Che in Evita.
Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time Blood Brothers, the epic tale of Liverpool life, ran in the West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances - one of only three musicals to have achieved such a milestone.
The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
The story explores nature over nurture as the Johnstone brothers grow up apart at opposite ends of the social spectrum. Then they are reunited by a twist of fate and learn their mother’s haunting secret.
Maureen is the fourth Nolan sister to play the role of tragic Mrs Johnstone, which has earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Her peformance in the role in the West End and on tour has received critical acclaim, with the quality of her acting and singing receiving glowing reviews from theatre goers.
Maureen started singing with her sisters when she was just nine-years-old and they became one of Europe’s first girl bands.
Pellow returns to the role of the narrator, a role he has played previously in the West End run of the show.
For over 30 years he has enjoyed global success as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist and as one of the country’s most acclaimed leading men of musical theatre.
As a recording artist, solo and with the band, he has had over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles including the seminal Love Is All Around.
His starring roles in theatre have included Chess, Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, Jekyll and Hyde and of course Evita.
Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with design by Andy Walmsley. Dan Samson is the sound designer, Tom De Keyser musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse musical director.
The show opens at the Waterside on Monday February 23 until Saturday 28 with evening performances at 7.30pm and additional matinee performances at 2.30pm on the Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets cost from £10 - £37.50 when booked in person at the box office. There is an additional booking fee when booked online or on the phone, 0844 871 7607.