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The 'musical for all time' returns to Cardiff     

The 'musical for all time' returns to Cardiff The international smash hit musical Blood Brothers is celebrating its West End 20th anniversary and as part of it’s new UK tour visits the New Theatre from Monday 21 April – Saturday 3 May. Heralded as the musical for all time, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers has retained its immense popularity as audiences flock to the New and, following a longstanding relationship with the show, Linda Nolan also returns in the lead role of Mrs Johnstone.

Few musicals have received such acclaim as Blood Brothers which has triumphed across the globe, scooping no less than four awards for Best Musical in London, seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway and receiving a standing ovation at almost every performance over the past twenty years in the West End.

This epic tale of Liverpool life has been running in London’s West End since July 1988 and touring the UK since 1995. Blood Brothers tells the moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be re-united by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left on her own to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet. But it is not long before her fragile world crashes around her when she discovers she is pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer, only to see the situation spiral out of control and lead to the show’s shattering climax. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Having successfully played the part in both the West End and on tour, Linda’s portrayal has garnered rave reviews from critics and public alike. A sensational cast, show-stopping music, dramatic staging and stunning performances make Blood Brothers an enthralling night of entertainment.

Willy Russell is undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include the high acclaimed and much-loved plays Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Educating Rita, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a two year run in the West End and was made into a film starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.

BLOOD BROTHERS is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Monday 21 April – Saturday 3 May with evening performances at 7.30pm and Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets range from £8.50 - £30 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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Blood Brothers
New Theatre, Cardiff
Monday 21 April to Saturday 3 May
Evenings 7.30pm; Thursday & Saturday Matinees 2.30pm
Tickets: £8.50 - £30
Box Office: 029 2087 8889
Book Online:
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