Blood Brothers, Kings Theatre, Southsea, REVIEW: ‘This is must-see theatre’

Linzi Hateley as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, which is at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, until May 4.
Linzi Hateley as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, which is at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, until May 4.
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Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers is as contemporary today as it was when it was first written. Set in the 1960s with a class divide, a single mum unwillingly gives up one of her twin boys to a wealthy couple – this story of love and loss will make you laugh and make you cry.

Act one focuses on the childhood’s of Mickey and Eddie, superbly played by Alex Patmore and Joel Benedict. Their energy and acting is completely absorbing, covering all aspects of modern life, growing up, poverty with comedy and laughter.

Act two rejoins the boys when they are 14 years old and the narrator of the play, played by Robbie Scotcher, moves the story along. The comedy is replaced by sadness as redundancy, crime and mental health are dealt with a sensitivity that is unusual in musical theatre.

The musical score, delivered brilliantly by the orchestra, is perfectly complemented by the vocals of actors. The voice of Linzi Hateley, playing Mrs Johnstone, is just brilliant; enabling the audience to feel the range of emotions of a woman who is experiencing love and loss. Alex Patmore’s performance as Mickey was a stand-out performance. He excels and delivers this role wonderfully. He is ably supported by Danielle Corlass who is marvellous as Linda.

The standing ovation was very well deserved. This is must-see theatre. Quite simply superb!

Until Saturday.