Siobhan McCarthy returns to Blood Brothers for three weeks to 6 Dec 03

Siobhan McCarthy returns to Blood Brothers for three weeks to 6 Dec 03

Siobhan McCarthy has returned to play Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers for three weeks to 6 Dec 2003, while Lyn Paul is away

Siobhan McCarthy has just returned from Broadway where she recreated her role as the Nurse in ‘Medea’ after performing at the Queens Theatre in 2001. She was in the original cast of ‘Mamma Mia!’ and in the original production of "Evita", "Chess" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" and has played Fantine in "Les Miserables" and Chrissie in "Dancing at Lughnasa". Her most recent TV role was in the series ‘Bad Girls’.

Other members of the cast are Philip Stewart (Narrator), Stephen Palfreman (Mickey), Mark Hutchinson (Eddie), Sarah Hay (Mrs Lyons), Louise Clayton (Linda), Stephen Pallister (Mr Lyons), Daniel Taylor (Sammy), Grant Aylward (PC/Teacher), Louis Tamone (Perkins), Louise Russell (Donna Marie), Alex Harland (Bus Conductor), Emily Buck (Brenda), James Templeton (Neighbour).

The show, which is currently booking to 28 Feb 04, is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, with design by Marty Flood.

Of all the “mega hit” long running musicals currently in the West End Blood Brothers is unique in that this second incarnation opened at the Albery Theatre on 28th July 1988, after the original production had failed to score a West End success at the Lyric Theatre, three years previously in 1985.

Bill Kenwright picked up the rights to the musical in 1987, and a re-vamped Blood Brothers returned to the West End the following year. It was the first West End revival to be nominated for the Best Musical Revival Olivier Award within two years of winning the Original Best Musical production! It transferred from the Albery to the Phoenix four years later in 1991, where it remains today.

The story concerns a pair of twins from Liverpool who are separated at birth. Later in life their paths cross in friendship and anger.

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