Blood Brothers closes after 24 years in West End, 27 Oct
Date: 6 August 2012
As previously tipped on Twitter, London’s third longest-running musical, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, has posted closing notices after 10,000 performances nearly 24 years in the West End.
The Bill Kenwright production is due to give its final performance at the Phoenix Theatre on 27 October 2012. And, despite earlier rumours that it may move directly into the Playhouse Theatre, where another Kenwright production, jukebox musical Dreamboats and Petticoats finished its run this past Saturday, there are no immediate plans to transfer to another venue.
Blood Brothers was first seen as a comprehensive school production in Russell’s native Liverpool in 1981, before receiving a professional premiere at the Liverpool Playhouse and subsequent West End transfer to the Lyric Theatre, where it had a brief run, two years later.
In 1988, Kenwright revived the musical to award-winning effect at the Albery Theatre, transferring it in January 1991 to the Phoenix Theatre, where it has been running ever since.
This is the end of a chapter, but by no means the end of Blood Brothers”
A separate touring production, starring former Wet Wet Wet lead singer Marti Pellow
, continues an extensive UK-wide schedule. A spokesperson for Bill Kenwright Ltd said of the West End closure: “This is the end of a chapter, but by no means the end of Blood Brothers
The current West End cast of Blood Brothers features Vivienne Carlyle (as Mrs Johnstone), Philip Stewart (Narrator), Mark Rice Oxley (Mickey), Paul Christopher (Eddie) and Abigail Jaye (Mrs Lyons). No further productions have yet been announced for the 1000-seat Phoenix Theatre.
- by Terri Paddock
|Very sad to see it go. I've seen it 4 times. The music stuck in my head from the first time I heard it. A brilliant show at the Pheonix. Will miss it. Funny, sad, but bloody brilliant! - Chris M||10 Nov 12|
|Not past its sell-by date at all,
Blood Brothers is a brilliant WEST END SHOW, and should remain so.
Bring back LYN PAUL, the DEFINITIVE MRS JOHNSTONE!!!
24 years, just shows it`s brilliance, as others have come and gone. This show needed little advertising, and still packed them in.
It cannot be the end? Tell me it`s not true... - Father Phil Hughes||11 Aug 12|
|About time too. It has been past its sell-by date for years.
- Addison||07 Aug 12|
|It's had a good run. Plenty of other bed-blockers still out there. I'm sure the show will still have a life on tour. It touches people. - Richard Voyce||07 Aug 12|
|I just tried to share this article to my Facebook but it 'liked' instead, I am NOT liking this story at all :( - Teresa||06 Aug 12|
|This is very sad news. I am Head of Drama at a secondary school and teach BB every year. I lead two trips to see it every academic year with 60 - 100 students on each trip and they always love it. It is a show students of all backgrounds can relate to and have an opinion on, I hope it transfers somewhere or tours. - Victoria Cooper||06 Aug 12|
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