27 October – 11 November at the EARL ARTS CENTRE
Did y’hear the story of the Johnstone twins?
Willy Russell’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers is the provocative, hilarious and heartbreaking show that tells the unforgettable story of the Johnstone twins.
Separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both, Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. The prophecy that twins who are separated at birth will die on the day they find out their heritage brings this stunningly crafted musical to its shattering conclusion.
The London production of Blood Brothers ran for more than 24 years, winning every British “Best Musical” award along the way. It is one of only three musicals in history to play for more than 10,000 London performances – the other two are Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.
This new Tasmanian production, produced by Encore Theatre Company, was presented in Launceston’s Earl Arts Centre for a strictly limited three-week engagement and was a rare opportunity for audiences to witness this musical theatre masterpiece with a thrilling cast in an intimate setting where it becomes even more powerful.
DIRECTOR Danny Gibson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Matt Dudfield
VOCAL DIRECTOR Denise Sam
SET DESIGNER Darryl Rogers
LIGHTING DESIGNER Daniel Jow
SOUND DESIGNER Marcello Lo Ricco
COSTUME MANAGER Sonia Jager
PROPERTIES MANAGER Linda Emery
STAGE MANAGER Ricky Chamberlain
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Belinda J King
MRS JOHNSTONE Rae Smith
THE NARRATOR Matthew Garwood
MICKEY Chris Jackson
EDWARD Matthew Tomlin
LINDA Lucy Woodland
MRS LYONS Bindy Loren Stephens
MR LYONS Ross Marsden
SAMMY Rory Bush-Belton
Proudly supported by the City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program
Book, Music and Lyrics by WILLY RUSSELL
Presented by arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd