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Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JP
Blood Brothers
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Show Details
Preview 21st Nov 91
Opens 21st Nov 91
Closes 10th Nov 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.45 pm
Matinée Thursday 3.00 pm
Matinée Saturday
4.00 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 45mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



Blood Brothers

A long running show - since 1987 -

Will Russell's hit  Blood Brothers has attracted top quality singers and actors to perform the characters he created in 1982 based on his book. He wrote his own music and lyrics. Mrs. Johnstone the leading lady, has been played by some famous names. The first Mrs Johnstone was Barbara Dickson who was awarded a 'Society of West End Theatres' Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1983. This and 1983 the Laurence Olivier Awards Musical Of the Year at the Lyric Theatre

This started to attract attention and success to the show which has now become a huge success after humble beginnings - opening at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983. Now it has been a hit all over the world. In the USA, the long Broadway run broke records and has been highly praised in the coast to coast tour and also nominated for six Tony Awards.

The story

The book is a classic enough to have been set for study for examinations. It tells of twin brothers who have been brought up apart and know each other in childhood and later in life. The parts portray many issues of class, a maturing brotherhood - a fact hidden from the boys themselves with a promise made by his mother Mrs Johnstone to the adoptive mother Mrs Lyons. As they progress through life, many poignant moments and circumstances are beautifully acted by the top class casts.

The Guardian describes it as 'weaving a close-knit story about the working of fate and carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment'

It has had standing ovations ever since it was performed in the early eighties in Liverpool. The London audience has felt the same ever since. Ten million people have seen this production.


  • Director - Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson
  • Scenic Design & Costume - Andy Walmsley
  • Lighting - Joe Atkins
  • Sound - Paul Astbury
  • Musical Coordinator - Mort Silver
  • Assistant Conductor - Mark Berman
  • Keyboards - Mark Berman
  • Acoustic & Electric guitar - Robert Kirshoff
  • Acoustic & Electric bass - Bob Renino
  • Drums - Raymond Grappone
  • Percussion - Barry Centanni
  • Reeds - Mike Migliore & Billy Kerr
  • Trumpet & Flugelhorn - Neil Balm

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as Blood Brothers which earns the accolade 'truly unforgettable'.

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