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Blood Brothers The Musical review (UK Tour 2024)

Niki Colwell Evans as Mrs Johnstone on her knees between two fallen men, the other cast members stand behind her in a line
Niki Colwell Evans as Mrs Johnstone and the autumn 2022 cast. Credit: Jack Merriman

Blood Brothers The Musical continues to captivate audiences on its new UK tour, albeit with elements that betray its age.

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I went to see the show on its 2024 UK tour at the New Victoria, Woking this month where it plays to 20 January.

The much-loved musical by Willy Russell remains a compelling watch. This timeless tale, woven with an emotional depth and set against the backdrop of Liverpool, resonates with themes of social class, family, and fate.

The musical score is nothing short of charming. It’s a mix of moving ballads and uplifting ensemble pieces that beautifully narrate the story of the Johnstone twins, separated at birth and brought together by a twist of fate.

Niki Colwell Evans, reprises her role of Mrs Johnstone and continues to deliver a standout performance. Her powerful vocals in the heart-wrenching Tell Me It’s Not True leave a lasting impression. The ensemble numbers, like Bright New Day, are infectious with their optimism.

While some elements of the long-running production are showing their age, the enduring popularity of Blood Brothers is evident. It’s clear why audiences keep coming back for more; it’s a poignant, beautifully performed piece that continues to stand the test of time, proving why it’s a classic in the world of musical theatre.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Currently touring until 19 October 2024

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.