REVIEW: The spectacular Blood Brothers at the Forum

The legendary Blood Brothers returned to the city with yet another faultless production.

Willy Russell’s award winning play tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences.

A story of love, loss, life struggle and laughter, the narrative follows the life journey of the Johnstone twins who were separated due to the financial struggles of their mum, Mrs Johnston, performed spectacularly by Rebecca Storm.

Husbandless and with seven kids, Mrs Johnstone is already struggling when she finds herself pregnant with twins. Through an outpouring of emotions to her boss Mrs Lyons, who is played by Paula Tappenden, she shares her problems. Mrs Lyons has an answer which she feels could help both parties. 

Blood Brothers evoked every emotion possible as the cast expertly took us on a roller coaster of a journey from childhood to adulthood in the life of the Johnston twins. Alexander Patmore and Joel Benedict’s  portrayal of the two twins Mickey and Eddie were superb. They were totally believable as children, their expressions, voices, interaction with each other.

A powerful script which is speckled with comedy and subtle innuendo was delivered superbly. Be prepared to fall in love with the twins, Mickey and Eddie yet all the while knowing their fate.

Blood Brothers has surpassed over 10,000 performances in London's West End, only one of three musicals ever to achieve such a milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’ and we experienced why as the entire odditorium were on their feet cheering, clapping and roaring with delight, resulting in at least five curtain calls.

The score includes classics Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True. Songs that you find yourself still humming days later.

There is a simple reason why Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers is still performed in front of packed audiences 37 years after its West End debut, and will continue to do so for many decades to come. Because it is a classic.

Performed impeccably, the musical has a fantastic cast, incredible score and a beautiful set. Blood Brothers is the type of show that once you see it, you’ll become hooked, you will return time and again to hear the story of the Johnstone twins.

Blood Brother runs at the Millennium Forum until 7th March.

Blood Brothers, Millennium Forum, Tuesday 3rd March 2020


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