I had the wonderful opportunity to watch ‘Blood Brothers’, a musical written by Willy Russell, at New Wimbledon Theatre. Following the moving story of twins Mickey and Edward, separated at birth, the play certainly keeps audiences hooked. The same can be said for the music- striking and charming. Filled with tons of entertainment, humour and emotion, it’s a performance to not miss. Moreover, the actors themselves portray their roles so well, you’re left forgetting it’s a play. Whether you’re looking for something to watch in the theatre, or stumped for an idea for an outing, or doing nothing at all, Blood Brothers is the solution. 


Blood brothers is a staple of the English, and even drama, GCSE curriculum, and so it would be beneficial for students even to watch the play. Aside from enriching your learning, the musical itself is one to not miss. Throughout the play, the lighting and backdrops serve to intensify the atmosphere- evoking such suspense and drama. Each scene transitions into another seamlessly, and the mist only enchants you further. Every aspect of the play simply blurs the lines between reality and performance so well, you will be enthralled.  


The actors themselves will invigorate, or perhaps reinvigorate, your love for theatre and musicals. Blood Brothers starred actors like Sean Jones playing ‘Mickey’, Nikki Evans as Mrs. Johnstone’, and Robbie Scotcher being the narrator. As I mentioned earlier, the acting is so great and natural, that the actions and fates of various characters are so astounding and emotive as the story unfolds. Alongside their great performances, their singing was even greater! Whether it’s a small song or a full-on belt, each is performed amazingly. One song in particular that has always been my favourite is ‘Marilyn Monroe’. Interestingly, Blood Brothers always has adult actors playing very small children. Yet, nonetheless their performance was very convincing! The characterisation of such children was great, and did not take away from the great quality of the play. Blood Brothers was beyond impressive in both the performance and songs, it is more than worth it to witness such a musical. 


Even looking past acting, singing and theatrics, the plotline is one not to be missed. The play will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, laughing at many moments, perhaps even moved by others. The musical comments on the class system and its burdens on individuals in Britain during the 1960s. As one brother leads a privileged life and the other is financially deprived, and the two meet their fate, Willy Russel spotlights how detrimental social inequality could be. Though this was directed at the changes in society and politics then (written in 1986), it certainly speaks truths even now.  At that time, Liverpool faced great levels of unemployment and there big gaps between the rich and poor. Nowadays even, socio-economic divides are apparent. The musical reminds you well of this and to recognise and tackle such issues. When I asked my peer -Chanchri Gupta- on her own thoughts, she replied that ‘Blood Brothers was truly an entertaining, engaging and moving play’. 

A musical must-watch it truly is. There could not be a greater idea than immersing yourself in such a brilliant performance, filled with such entertainment, humour and drama. You will be hooked until the left and left stupefied by the climax. It is a musical not to be missed, a gift to both the eyes and ears. So, treat yourself, buy tickets, go by yourself, with friends or family, and enjoy ‘Blood Brothers’