Blood Brothers

You may have seen last week that we recently took The Boy Child to see the masterpiece that is Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth, one subsequently being raised in a wealthy family, the other in a poor family. The different environments take the twins to opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming a councillor, and the other unemployed and in prison. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a rift in their friendship and leading to the tragic death of both brothers.


I think it is my favourite musical theatre production.  I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen it, but it’s a lot.  I first went with Mum in January 1995 to London’s West End, when the late great musical theatre star Stephanie Lawrence was playing Mrs Johnstone.  Later, when I worked in boarding education, I always did my best to wrangle an end of year outing to this show’s London production for my students.  I took The Brainy One back when we’d only been going out for six months or so … it could have been a deal breaker if he hadn’t loved it …

This story isn’t new but even to this day, it packs a powerful message: no good can ever come from lies and deceit.  The truth, no matter how painful to hear, is always the best way.

What’s your favourite theatre production?

4 thoughts on “Blood Brothers

  1. Sounds like a powerful musical. I’ve not seen & I’ve never seen this listed at any of our local theatres. I like tales about nature/nurture. My favourite musical so far is Les Miserables. I still get teary when I hear some of the music.


  2. I saw this one when I was a student in boarding school – which was a few years ago….

    I used to watch lots of musicals, I like those with singing and dancing that I can sing along to – not sure I have a favourite as such. I’ll have to think about that.


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