“SO did you ever hear the tale of the Johnston twins?” is the unforgettable opening line to the amazing play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.
And the play will be gracing the stage at the Lancaster Grand from April 24-28.
Blood Brothers is described as a Liverpudlian West Side Story and tells the terrible tale of two brothers separated at birth.
Shrouded in superstition and sadness, it is a story of a class divide that breaks through blood and kin.
Russell has intertwined many different themes and concepts to construct a piece of theatre that contains realism, emotion and a gripping plot.
And the audience will not be left disappointed at the production on offer from Lancaster Footlights this April, as they deliver a beautiful, contemporary piece full of projection, music, humour and tragedy.
Blood Brothers is directed by theatre manager Ellie Singleton and professional LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) tutor Marian Cox.
Ellie said: “This is my first time directing for Lancaster Footlights and having programmed all the professional shows at the theatre for the last three years it seems strange to be delivering a week’s performance for the public under the umbrella of Footlights.
“However, I’m not really a novice, since I have a degree in theatre and creative writing, and this has allowed me to put my skills to good use.
“Marion Cox is also directing with me and she is a very focused and creative individual and it has been a pleasure working with her.”
Footlights are delighted to be working alongside Alan Cox, who has developed innovative ways of applying new technology to live performances of all kinds.
He has worked on many West End productions including, Chess, We Will Rock You, Love Never Dies, Birdsong, Oliver and most recently Ghost the Musical.
Alan has some amazing concepts at the ready for Blood Brothers and the special effects will be stunning.
Ellie added: “In places we have turned it on its head and the audience will be surprised with some of our decision making but I am absolutely confident they will leave having had great value for money.
“During a recent rehearsal one of our props ladies was so moved they shed a few tears too and, although we want our audience to enjoy their evening, we won’t feel we have done our job if they aren’t emotionally charged.”
The place starts at 7.30pm from Tuesday, April 24 through to Friday, April 27. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm on April 28.
Tickets costs £9/£8/£7. Schools can pay for nine places and get a tenth free.
Call 01524 64695 to book.