23 January to 4 February 2017
Reviewed by Rebecca Gillespie
On Monday night I was lucky enough to go and see Blood Brothers at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. The theatre was easy to find and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Blood Brothers is a well known musical show, and has been in the west end for many years and has toured around the country.
It was opening night of a 13 day stretch of shows in Sheffield. The story is simple but the show is amazing at telling it.
The show starts in a street in Liverpool, where a poor family featuring Mrs Johnstone with several children gets a job cleaning for a family in the rich houses – a lady, Mrs Lyons, who is unable to have children. Mrs Johnstone finds out she is expecting twins and Mrs Lyons wants her to give her one of them without anyone knowing. This happens and the story continues with the two boys growing up and bumping into each other whilst growing up and becoming best friends (blood brothers).
The story features a narrator played by Dean Chisnall who tells the story through script and song… an amazing voice and he often pops up watching and smiling on street corners and through windows… a great feature.
The scenery was amazing and changed from back streets to schools and homes and countryside really helping to add to the storytelling.
The 2 boys Mickey and Eddie played by Sean Jones and Mark Hutchinson were brilliant, funny and captured the parts amazingly, playing a 7year old, 11 year old, teenager and adult all convincingly. The story features the boy’s friend Linda and Mickey’s brother Sammy… both played fantastically.
The first half was very funny and you really got to know the characters and I was excited for the second half. This half had it all funny moments, serious bits and dramatic endings.
The bus scene was great as they all jigged along believably on a bus. The story follows the boys to them being adults and one getting involved in crime and jailed and suffering mental health problems and one going off to university and partying and having a good job in the housing department. The story ends dramatically where one brother is trying to shoot the other. Mrs Johnstone tells the boys the truth that they are brothers as a police team with guns are in the audience, then you hear two shots… very loud made everyone jump and gasp. The story ends with the two boys both dead. Mrs Johnstone played by Lyn Paul was amazing a fantastic actor who is truly captivating throughout. She was a member of the new seekers, has been on the west end stage for many years and has numerous TV credits. Her voice was incredible.
Blood Brothers was amazing, utterly captivating, funny and fantastic acting and singing. Don’t miss it.
Tickets cost from £22 to £34.50 (booking fees may apply).
Blood Brothers is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 4 February 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000