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(Piccadilly Circus) Shaftesbury Avenue
London,

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First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor as the 3rd longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London.



Blood Brothers is the story of Mickey and Edward, two twin brothers who are separated at birth and raised in different homes. Eventually they become best friends of the closest kind, "blood brothers". However, the fact that they are related is concealed by their mothers who strive to keep them apart for superstitious beliefs.



Their lives continue to intertwine, although the deep divisions between the privileged life of Edward and Mickey's poverty-stricken existence are apparent. As adults, they are caught up in a love triangle with Mickey's childhood sweetheart Linda. This story is told with great humor as the kids grow up and delivers a powerful message with the help of a wonderful soft-rock score.


Michael Starke Stars in Michael Wynne's Music Hall Show Celebrating Playhouse's 150th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

A new entertainment by Michael Wynne, The Star, will mark Liverpool Playhouse's 150th anniversary this Christmas in honour of its origins as a Music Hall venue. (more...)

John Partridge and Adrian Zmed to Star in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Bill Kenwright presents the much loved musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with JOHN PARTRIDGE as 'Albin' and ADRIAN ZMED as 'Georges', opening at New Oxford Theatre on Thursday 5th January before embarking on its first ever nationwide tour. (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Company Presents First Annual Up Close Cocktails Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) is excited to announce its First Annual Up Close Cocktails Benefit, hosted by Trish Rigdon, Chair of Media Arts at The Art Institute of Houston. The Up Close Cocktails Benefit is Wednesday, November 9th from 6-8pm. We're transforming our theatre at Spring Street Studios, for an elegant cocktail night celebrating 4th Wall's bright future and the awesome generosity of our patrons. Patrons will enjoy live music and beer provided by Karbach Brewery, wine from Nice Winery,  hor d'oeuvres provided by Shade Restaurant and valet parking service available.  Join us to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends while making a difference in the lives of Houston performing artists. Your participation will make a big difference at this first must-attend event. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Broadway Vets Will Join Original Stars of London's Site-Specific SWEENEY TODD in NYC; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Producers of the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street announced today that the stars of the original London incarnation of the production, Jeremy Secomb (as Sweeney Todd), Siobhan McCarthy (as Mrs. Lovett), Duncan Smith (as Judge Turpin) and Joseph Taylor (as Tobias), will reprise their performances for New York audiences. (more...)

Scarlett Strallen, Alastair Brookshaw & More Will Lead Menier Chocolate Factory's SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Scarlett Strallen (Amalia Balash) will be joined by Alastair Brookshaw (Ladislav Sipos), Les Dennis (Mr Maraczek), Callum Howells (Arpad Laszlo), Katherine Kingsley(Ilona Ritter), Dominic Tighe (Steven Kodaly) and Mark Umbers (Georg Nowack), with Rachel Bingham, Peter Dukes, Luke Fetherston, Olivia Fines, Aimee Hodnett, Sarah-Marie Maxwell and Vincent Pirillo for the company's major revival of She Loves Me this Christmas. The production reunites Strallen with director Matthew White, following their previous collaboration at the Menier on Candide. The production opens on 7 December, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 5 March 2017. Full casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Stellar Cast Announced for The Fugard Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY at the Joburg Theatre in January 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre's grand-scale, smash hit, all South African production of WEST SIDE STORY will be presented at the The Joburg Theatre Complex's Mandela Theatre from 24 January 2017. (more...)

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Team Up for Duet Album TOGETHER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Two of the most beloved voices in the world, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe first met at Kismet at the London Coliseum a decade ago, where they performed together. Later that year, when Ball was given a solo concert at BBC Proms-the first musical theatre star to do so-he invited Boe to perform with him.  (more...)

The Way Off Broadway Children's Theatre Celebrates The Holidays With The Return Of CLARA AND THE NUTCRACKER PRINCE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

One of the staples of the holiday season is, without a doubt, The Nutcracker. As Christmas rolls around each year, countless productions of the classic Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet are performed around the world. (more...)

West End Wilma and Kieran Brown Unveil 2016 Wilma Awards Charity Single 'No Awards For You'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

OAP Theatre blogger West End Wilma has teamed up with Auburn Jam Music and West End Performer Kieran Brown (Phantom of the Opera) to release a specially written, tongue in cheek song about what it's like to be nominated for an award. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at RUMPY PUMPY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

British musical "Rumpy Pumpy!" is the remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women's Institute who campaign for better conditions for Working Girls  (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

For the upcoming holiday season, 4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) brings love and laughter to Houston audiences with Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.  Widely considered to be one of Shakespeare's best comedies, Much Ado is a delightfully hilarious and witty tale of love, friendship and intrigue.  Appropriate for all ages, this not-to-be-missed holiday treat opens on December 1st and runs through Christmas Eve. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces The Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the Pittsburgh premiere of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, January 26 - April 15, 2017 at the CLO Cabaret. (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group Continues Tradition of Holiday Classics for the Whole Family with WILDE TALES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Quintessence Theatre Group continues it's tradition of holiday classics for the whole family with Oscar Wilde's Wilde Tales. Celebrated up-and-coming experimental director Jeremy Bloom adapts and directs this amalgamation of short stories. Wilde Tales begins performances on Wednesday, December 7 at 7pm and opens on Saturday, December 10 at 7pm.  All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119.  To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

The Way off-Broadway Dinner Theatre is Set to Host A Rockin' Oldies New Year's Eve
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

As everyone is getting ready to bid farewell to 2016 and welcome in 2017, The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre is preparing to host a very special New Year's Eve event to help mark the occasion.  Every few years, Way Off Broadway hosts a New Year's Eve event and this is one of those years!  (more...)

Linda Nolan to Star in New Production of OUR HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

From 10th August - 25th November 2017 The 2003 Olivier Award-winning musical OUR HOUSE will be produced by Immersion Theatre Company and Damien Tracey Productions and tour the UK from 7th August - 25th November 2017. (more...)

Marti Webb to Join LA CAGE AUX FOLLES on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Award-winning star MARTI WEBB, will join the previously announced JOHN PARTRIDGE and ADRIAN ZMED. (more...)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Featuring Marti Webb, to Hit The King's Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Marti Webb is to join John Partridge and Adrian Zmed in the first ever UK tour of the Tony and Olivier award-winning LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, when it arrives at the King's in Glasgow from, 25-29 July 2017 (more...)

BIG FISH 12 CHAIRS VERSION Australian Premiere At Hayes Theatre Co
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

RPG Productions is proud to present the Australian Premiere of BIG FISH 12 CHAIRS VERSION at Hayes Theatre Co from 18 April to 14 May 2017.  (more...)

Cast Announced for SOHO CINDERS at Union Theatre This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

The Union Theatre presents SOHO CINDERS, with music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and book by Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis. (more...)

Jo Lampert to Star in David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE at The Public; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Public Theater has announced casting for JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE, with book, music, and lyrics by David Byrne. (more...)

Caryl Churchill's CLOUD 9 at Black Box PAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

The Black Box Performing Arts Center continues to emerge as the Tri-State area's premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education as it proudly presents a new production of Caryl Churchill's  Cloud 9 in the heart of Teaneck, NJ. (more...)

BLOOD BROTHERS to Visit Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre on 30th Anniversary Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Bill Kenwright's production of international smash-hit musical Blood Brothers visits the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, from Monday 23 January to Saturday 4 February, as part of its 30th Anniversary Tour, with Lyn Paul in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone. (more...)

Casting Announced for Ruth Rendell's A JUDGEMENT IN STONE At Edinburgh's King's Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jan 17, 2017

Casting Announced for Ruth Rendell's A JUDGEMENT IN STONE At Edinburgh's King's Theatre. (more...)

Conjo Players Theatre Releases Exciting News About ENCORE! An Evening Celebrating Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Conjo Players Theatre has released exciting news about ENCORE! An Evening Celebrating Theatre (more...)

Constantine Maroulis, Mel Johnson, Jr., Grasan Kingsberry and More Sign on for WEARING BLACK Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

NewYorkRep and The Telling Company have announced casting for their upcoming staged reading of WEARING BLACK, the new musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas. (more...)

Stephanie Riso's THE STORM Concludes MTAP's First Season of Hot Metal Musicals Incubator Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator presents its third installment of new musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of The Storm with book, lyrics and music by Stephanie Riso. This free reading, featuring a cast of 15 and directed by Pittsburgh CLO's producing director Mark Fleischer, will be held on Sunday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh. MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator readings are being presented with the extensive cooperation and support of the Pittsburgh CLO. (more...)

Black Box Studios Proudly Presents CLOUD 9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Black Box Performing Arts Center continues to emerge as the Tri-State area's premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education as it proudly presents a new production of Caryl Churchill's  Cloud 9 in the heart of Teaneck, NJ - just a quick ride over the George Washington Bridge. (more...)

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY Announces New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

With Mischief Theatre's production of The Play That Goes Wrong soon to open on Broadway, today the company announces the new cast for its critically acclaimed smash (and grab) hit play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. (more...)

International Triumph Blood Brothers to Embark on 30th Anniversary UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

2017 marks 30 years since Bill Kenwright's production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers first toured the UK. In celebration, the iconic musical will visit theatres across the country next year, opening on Tuesday 17 January at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KITE RUNNER, Wyndham's Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Jan 11, 2017

Gary Naylor sees an adaptation of the celebrated novel, The Kite Runner, that loses some of its epic quality in transition to stage and ends up just a bit too generic for his tastes. (more...)

West End Leading Lady Marti Webb Comes to Canterbury Next Month in The First Tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Marti Webb will join John Partridge and Adrian Zmed in the multi-award-winning musical, written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret. (more...)

Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT Reimagined Underneath an African Sky for Local Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Artscape Theatre in association with The Maynardville Theatre Trust and The City of Cape Town will present an adaptation of the romantic Shakespearean comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT, at the Maynardville's Open Air Theatre in 2017. Starring David Johnson and Elizabeth Akudugu, this uniquely African-inspired version is directed by Geoffrey Hyland. (more...)

Belgrade Theatre's Spring 2017 Lineup Full of Music, Drama and Fun
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

The Belgrade Theatre has revealed its new season of shows coming to Coventry in spring 2017. (more...)

Winter and Spring Events at Berkshire Theatre Group Announced
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire are excited to announce an exciting variety of musical acts set to perform at The Colonial Theatre this winter and spring. (more...)

IpSkip Productions to Present EDUCATING RITA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2016

From the pen of Willy Russell - the man behind the musical hit, Blood Brothers - comes Educating Rita a play that explores the themes of education, class and self-worth through the relationship of a tutor and his pupil at an Open University. (more...)

New Stage Thriller From The Queen Of Psychological Crime at Theatre Royal
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood on Valentine's Day. Ruth Rendell's brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. (more...)

Ruth Rendell's A JUDGEMENT IN STONE To Tour Starring Andrew Lancel, Sophie Ward and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell's A Judgement In Stone. (more...)

THRILLER LIVE Smashes Yet Another West End Record!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Thriller Live has smashed yet another West End record to become London's 16th Longest Running Musical of all time. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE to Cut Loose on 2017 UK Tour and in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Following a smash-hit 2016 tour which saw over 160,000 people cut loose across the UK, Footloose: The Musical will burst back onto the stage in 2017 when an International Tour launches from New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 21 April. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for JANUARY: THE MUSICAL REVUE at the Zedel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Atomicus Entertainment is thrilled to announce that Hannah Grover and Marc Pickering will join Julie Atherton in JANUARY: THE MUSICAL REVUE at Live at the Zedel. (more...)

Julie Atherton to Star in New Musical JANUARY at Live at Zédel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

After a sell-out workshop production at the Canal Cafe Theatre in January 2016, Atomicus Entertainment is thrilled to bring JANUARY to the West End at one of the most prestigious cabaret venues in London, with one of the finest musical theatre stars of her generation, Julie Atherton. (more...)

Industry Readings of WEARING BLACK Set for Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

NewYorkRep and The Telling Company present a staged reading of WEARING BLACK, the new musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas.  Directed by Markus Potter, WEARING BLACK will play two performances on Monday, January 23, at 3PM and 7PM, at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Stars of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Bill Kenwright presents the highly anticipated first ever UK tour of the Tony and Olivier award winning LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, which opens at New Oxford Theatre on Thursday 5th January. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in costume! (more...)

Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies to Make Feinstein's/54 Below Debut This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies, of Broadway's A Night with Janis Joplin, makes her soulful concert debut at Feinstein's/54 Below on Friday, January 6th, 2017. (more...)

Jeff Coon to Bring Summer Club to Venice Island Performing Arts Center in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Get ready to kick off your Monday nights with the sounds of some of the region's most popular musical theater stars, accompanied by a 17-piece big band orchestra. Philly's favorite musical theater star Jeff Coon is bringing his Summer Club to Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts Center for a series of swinging shows throughout 2017. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. to Open 2017 Children's Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Following the recent unveiling of the 2017 Children's Theatre Season at Way Off Broadway, the theatre's producers are extremely excited to announce a change in the line-up. Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. will now open the season, taking the place of Garfield: The Musical with Catittude. (more...)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE to Open Way Off Broadway's 2017 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Earlier this year, producers for The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, the area's only year-round producing dinner theatre, announced the lineup of shows for its 2017 Season. Kicking off 2017's blockbuster year, will be the hilarious pirate farce, The Pirates of Penzance, opening in January. (more...)

THE STORM Concludes MTAP's First Season of Hot Metal Musicals Incubator Readings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator presents its third installment of new musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of The Storm with book, lyrics and music by Stephanie Riso. (more...)

Full Casting Announced For Seared's Production Of Michael Mclean's YEARS OF SUNLIGHT 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Seared, in association with Theatre 503, today announces the full company for its production of Years of Sunlight, a new play by Michael McLean which opens Lisa Spirling's inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre 503. (more...)

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