Hayes Theatre Co Extends BLOOD BROTHERS

Blood Brothers, which starts performances on 6 February, has quickly become the fastest-selling show at the Hayes Theatre Co since the venue opened its doors. Due to this phenomenal demand for tickets an extra week of performances has been added, as well as some mid-week matinees throughout the season. Blood Brothers will now play until Sunday 15 March 2015. It is the first time a production has extended its run at Hayes Theatre Co and no further extension is possible.

"I am so pleased with the response to Blood Brothers since it was announced last month. Ticket sales have been very strong, with some performances already sold out. It's great to see that audiences are already embracing this show." said producer Enda Markey.

Blood Brothers is the hilarious, provocative and heartbreaking musical that tells the unforgettable story of Mrs Johnstone who, when her husband walks out on her, leaving her penniless and pregnant, agrees to give one of her twin babies away.

Of playing one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre, star Helen Dallimore says: "Mrs Johnstone is a bucket-list role for me. She's been played by some of the most extraordinary women in musical theatre's history and I relish the opportunity to present her story in this intimate setting."

The twins, Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. The prophecy that twins who are separated at birth will die on the day they find out their heritage brings this stunningly crafted musical to its shattering but inevitable conclusion.

"Blood Brothers is one of the best musicals ever written. Willy Russell's writing is, in turn, funny and heartbreakingly sad and I am thrilled to have gathered such an incredible team of actors and creatives to bring his beautifully written characters, and the wonderful songs, to life," said Enda Markey.

With a book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine), the London production of Blood Brothers ran for more than 24 years, winning every British "Best Musical" award along the way. It is one of only three musicals in history to play for more than 10,000 performances - the other two are LES MISERABLES and The Phantom of the Opera.

BLOOD BROTHERS is directed by Andrew Pole with musical direction by Michael Tyack stars Helen Dallimore as Mrs Johnstone, Bobby Fox as Mickey, Blake Bowden as Edward, Michael Cormick as Narrator, Bronwyn Mulcahy as Mrs Lyons, Phillip Lowe as Mr Lyons, Christy Sullivan as Linda, Jamie Kristian as Sammy and Erin James as Donna Marie.

Produced by Enda Markey and presented in association with Hayes Theatre Co, Blood Brothers plays at Hayes Theatre Co for a strictly limited season and it is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to witness this masterpiece with a thrilling cast performing in an intimate setting where it becomes even more powerful.

Enda Markey Presents was established in 2011 to produce the Australian tour of Side By Side By Sondheim starring (at various times) Rachael Beck, Geraldine Turner, Michael Falzon, Lucy Maunder and Jessica Rowe. In 2012, Enda Markey presented a gala concert of the show featuring more than twenty-five of Australia's leading theatre and television personalities, headlined by West End and Broadway superstar Ruthie Henshall. Since 2013, they have been presenting the International tour of Boublil & Schönberg's Do You Hear The People Sing? starring Michael Ball and Lea Salonga which has played to enormous acclaim in Shanghai, Manila and Taipei with numerous other productions (including Australia) in development.

Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney's Accommodation Grant Program.

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