pick of the week: blood brothers

It’s been all things superstition and siblings at the Theatre Royal this week, as Blood Brothers returns to Brighton for another short run. Lyn Paul plays an incredible Mrs Johnstone in the story of the Liverpool-born twin brothers separated at birth. Twenty-three years on from her debut appearance in the West End, her farewell tour is one you won’t want to miss. Bill Kenwright’s production of the iconic musical brings a lot of laughs to a captivating storyline that was first portrayed at a Liverpool comprehensive school back in 1981, then opening at the Liverpool Playhouse two years later. When a young mother, Mrs Johnstone, finds herself pregnant with twins shortly after being deserted by her husband, she ends up in a challenging secret pact with her employer that will bring a whirlwind with it, changing her life forever. It’s hard not to find yourself dancing in your seat at times to the show’s well-known scores including A Bright New Day and Marilyn Monroe, yes, that may have been us… Stepping inside the Grade II listed Theatre Royal is pretty special in itself. It’s one of the oldest theatres in the country so take some time before the show to look around at the gorgeous interior. You can still catch an afternoon matinee on Thursday and Saturday this week, with evening performances on until Saturday. BUY TICKETS Running until Saturday 8th February, 7.45pm with matinees on Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th; Tickets from £13 Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD