Review: Blood Brothers, Kings Theatre, Southsea

Bo Ningen

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This is a fantastic production of Blood Brothers, a gripping and heartfelt tale told brilliantly by a talented cast who perform with precision in every scene.

With only 14 cast members, I thought the characters would be few and far between. But they took on several roles with ease and made it appear there were more people involved.

Hats off to Maureen Nolan for maintaining a family tradition by appearing in the show and providing a strong performance as Mrs Johnstone.

She was very convincing at being teary-eyed at the end and even some of the audience members shed a real tear with her.

But for me the star of the show was the Narrator, played by Kristofer Harding who, despite being on stage for nearly the entire show, didn’t show any signs of tiring and continued to provide amazing vocals throughout.

He and Maureen sang in perfect harmony in the song Easy Terms, while the entire cast harmonised the final song Tell Me It’s Not True to perfection.

Living up to its nickname of The Standing Ovation Show, Blood Brothers had the audience on their feet at the end. It was a brilliant performance worthy of the West End. Until Saturday.

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