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Blood Brothers is absolutely fantastic - go see!
Member Name: andyLDN
Advantages: Great Acting and Singing, brilliant plot that creates a thought provoking show
Disadvantages: It might make you cry
Blood Brothers is a musical showing in the West End of London at the Phoenix Theatre on the Charing Cross Road. It is easily reached by tube, the closest stops being either Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road.
I visited the theatre on a Tuesday night, and the performance way exceeded my expectations. I never anticipated something quite so stunning and it was clear to me why this show is celebrating 20 years in London.
Without giving too much away, the story starts with a scene of two bodies lying on the ground and as the plot unfolds we realise how this happens. Mrs Johnson is a struggling single mother whose life becomes increasingly difficult when she discovers she is expecting twins by her former husband. To give one son a better life, she gives the child to be known as Eddie to her employer, the upper-class Mrs Lyons who is unable to have children. Of course, as the children grow up it is inevitable that their paths cross. It is fascinating watching their friendship grow, which is even more poignant as the audience knows they are brothers, but they do not.
It is a very thought provoking musical and makes you question whether a child's behaviour is based on nature or nurture. It also examines the social class system in the UK and made me think about how people end up living lives of crime can end up that way. I don't think I would be so judgemental from now on. Afterwards I also decided that I really needed to grab life by both hands and work harder to achieve my goals. You can't help the set of cards you've been dealt, but if you work hard it's possible to change your destiny.
As you can tell this isn't your standard West End musical, if you want to leave the theatre feeling absolutely delighted as is often the norm, you won't with Blood Brothers. However the performances were amazing and I found it hard not to cry at the end. I wholeheartedly reccomend it, but not to someone who was looking for a happiness boost!
Musically the songs are pretty good and are repeated throughout, although understandably there is not much dancing! You'll probably end up singing them for days after.
There are many good offers on West End musicals at the moment, and I only went after finding top price tickets online in the stalls for only £15. In the box office, these were priced at £50. So therefore, keep an eye out for a good deal. I booked through lastminute.com.
I have seen several shows now, Avenue Q, Spamalot and The Sound Of Music. In terms of genre, they are totally different I know, but I would have to say my favourite has to be Blood Brothers, the memories of this show will stay with me for a long time, I can tell.
Summary: Find a good deal and see it if you can, you won't regret it.