15-19 November 2016
Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
Yesterday evening, we went to the Lowry Theatre in Salford to watch the opening night performance of Willy Russell’s hugely successful musical Blood Brothers, which is set in post war Liverpool. Directed by Bob Thomas and Bill Kenwright, Blood Brothers tells the story of twin brothers Eddie and Mickey separated shortly after their birth, one being raised by an impoverished single mother, the other leading a very different life with rich parents.
Lyn Paul is wonderful playing the part of the twins’ natural mother, Mrs Johnstone, who is persuaded to give one of her babies away to her employer so that the child can lead a better life. When she peers into the pram and tells Mrs Lyons to just take one of them you can feel her desperation and anguish. When she sings her musical numbers, her beautiful rich voice leaves the audience wanting more.
Sean Jones plays Mickey to perfection, firstly acting as a short trousered, funny, scruffy seven year old, riding his imaginary horse, spitting, wiping snot on his sleeve and really making you believe he is a young boy, and then in the second half of the show, becoming a grown man battling depression and addiction.
Dean Chisnall is magnificent as the Narrator and special mention must also be given to Alison Crawford who is so believable as both a young and older version of the brothers’ love interest Linda.
The twins are brought together again, despite the attempts of their mothers to keep them apart, and become “blood brothers”. The dramatic climax of the show left many of the audience in tears. The standing ovation by the entire audience was well deserved as the whole production from start to finish was outstanding.
This is a sensational show, richly deserving the enthusiastic applause from the audience. The music, singing and the acting are incredible. We loved every second of this show, and left the theatre knowing that this is the most amazing performance we have seen for years.
Tickets cost from £25 to £40 (includes booking fees).
Blood Brothers is at The Lowry in Manchester until 19 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000