Review: Blood Brothers at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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Twenty-nine years on but the tears don’t stop for Willy Russell’s brilliant Blood Brothers.

This is captivating theatre at its finest, combining typical sharp Scouse with a heart-wrenching storyline.

Set in 1960s Liverpool, the story follows the separation of twins, Mickey and Eddie, superbly played by Sean Jones and debutant Joel Benedict.

The contrast between their lives and the social, moral injustices of the decade are echoed through the growth of their characters.

We know from the start that tragedy is ahead, thanks in part to Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow’s role as narrator – but that didn’t change the reaction to the the emotional finale, which barely left a dry eye in the house.

Maureen Nolan – her of The Nolans fame – puts in a powerful performance as the twins’ mother Mrs Johnstone.

At the end, the cast were met with a standing ovation. It’s little surprise that Blood Brothers remains one of the most celebrated and much-loved theatre shows. 
Until Saturday.