Originally premiering at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983, before transferring to the West End in the same year, Blood Brothers is one of London’blood On My Shoes top five longest-running musicals, winning the Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actress in its opening year. West End, UK tours, Australia, Broadway and even South Africa.
Huge stars have featured in the production, with the original cast including Barbara Dickson, Andrew Schofield, George Costigan and Andrew C. The Story Blood Brothers is the heart-breaking story of Mickey and Edward, two brothers separated at birth but brought together again through an unlikely friendship. Despite relocating, their lives continue to be tangled, although the deep divisions between Edward’s privileged life and Mickey’s poverty-stricken existence begin to be a burden. As they try to conquer social divisions, their friendship is damaged and they are forced to deal with the harsh realities of class consciousness, with Edward leaving to attend Oxford, whilst Mickey spirals into a life of crime. As adults, the brothers are caught in a vicious love triangle with Mickey’s childhood sweetheart, Linda. When Mickey is imprisoned, Linda’s subsequent depression forces her into the arms of a conciliatory Edward. A desperate Mickey decides to take action against his fraternal twin, which ultimately exposes their true identities.
You must have seen the wrong play. I’ve seen it 5 times,and will be going again when it comes to Coventryor Birmingham! What an amazing musical, I was gripped from start to finish. Very upsetting that it will not be showing any longer at phoenix, I hope they change their mind and bring it back! I saw Blood Brothers over 100 times, mostly at The Phoenix in the West End, and in many other parts of the country, including The Sunderland Empire.