Photo Friday: “Do you want to be my blood brother, Eddie?”

Willy Russell ArchiveThis week’s Photo Friday is taken from the Willy Russell archive collection, a programme for the first touring production of Blood Brothers in 1984.

Blood Brothers tells the story of the Johnstone twins, Mickey and Eddie, brothers separated at birth who reunite and become friends in their childhood, unaware of their relation to each other or of the consequences their relationship will bring about. 

The first West End production of Blood Brother, presented at the Lyric Theatre in 1983 won SWET (Society of West End Theatre), Plays & Players, and Ivor Novello Awards for Best Musical, and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Musical and Best Actress. Blood Brothers played in the West End from 1988 – 2012, and continues to be presented as a touring production in the UK. The cast of Blood Brothers has included Barbara Dickson, Kiki Dee, Petula Clarke, David Cassidy, Marti Pellow, Melanie Chisholm, Stephanie Lawrence, Con O’Neill and 4 of the Nolan sisters, Bernie, Linda, Maureen and Denise.

For more information on the archive collection, please see: www.ljmu/lea/archives

To celebrate the acquisition of Willy Russell’s personal archive by LJMU, The John Lennon Art and Design Building is hosting an evening with Willy Russell on Wednesday 27th November, featuring readings of his works by the author and an exhibition of material from the collection.

The event will begin at 6.00pm and the readings will begin at 6.30pm. The event will finish at 8.30pm. The exhibition runs until Thursday 19th December 2013.

Tickets are available at:

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