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Blood Brothers

By Willy Russell

Now Booking into its 21st year to Saturday 18 July 2009

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2
Box Office: 0870 060 6629

X-Factor favourite Niki Evans continues as Mrs Johnstone

First twins in

Legendary musical Blood Brothers

One of the most popular X –Factor contestants continues to play the leading role of Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers.

Niki Evans began a 6 month run at the Phoenix Theatre London last autumn, and prior to this a sell out season in Blood Brothers at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Her debut single ‘Love Me No More’ was released last September. Mum of two Niki Evans, from Birmingham, won the hearts of millions as one of the most popular female artists to appear in the hit TV show with her extraordinary renditions of such songs as ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘Songbird’, and ‘All That Jazz’.

The other cast are Philip Stewart (Narrator), Ben Sewell (Mickey), Michael Sewell (Eddie), Vivienne Carlyle (Mrs Lyons), Louise Clayton (Linda), Owen Oldroyd (Mr Lyons), Michael Southern (Sammy), Rob Hughes (PC/Teacher), Jody Tranter (Perkins), Tricia Adele-Turner (Donna Marie), Alex Harland (Bus Conductor), Kate Sharp (Brenda), Karl Greenwood (Neighbour).

Twins Ben and Michael Sewell graduated from the Liverpool of Performing Arts in 2007. Most recently they were in the award-winning Pilot Theatre’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ UK tour/Bermuda Festival.

Blood Brothers has been running in London’s West End since July 1988. In the USA, it has had a record-breaking Broadway run, a hugely successful coast-to-coast tour, and was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Telling the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be re-united by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret, the memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

The celebrated role of Mrs Johnstone has been played by such well-known actresses including Kiki Dee, Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Lyn Paul, Siobhan McCarthy, and four of the Nolan sisters - Linda, Bernie, Denise and Maureen.

The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright. The design is by Marty Flood and the musical director is Rod Edwards. The book, music and lyrics are by Willy Russell for which he received Olivier, Plays and Players, Ivor Novello and Drama Magazine Awards. It is presented by Bill Kenwright by arrangement with Bob Swash.

Running Time: 2 hrs 45 mins
Mon to Sats 7.45pm Thurs 3.00pm Sat 4.00pm
Prices: £22.50 - £52.50 (concs)
Booking to: Sat 18 July 2009
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5 May 2009