Blood Brothers to close in West End

Long-running musical Blood Brothers will close at the Phoenix Theatre on October 27 after a West End run of more than 24 years, The Stage can reveal.

Willy Russell’s show started as a school play, performed by a Liverpool comprehensive in conjunction with Merseyside Young People’s Theatre in 1981. It opened at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983 and transferred to the West End’s Lyric Theatre for a short run later that year.

It was then revived by producer Bill Kenwright in a new production at the Albery Theatre in 1988, transferring to the Phoenix in 1991, where it has run ever since. When Blood Brothers closes, it will have played more than 10,000 performances in London, making it the third longest musical to ever play in the West End.

A spokesperson for Bill Kenwright Ltd said: “This is the end of a chapter, but by no means the end of Blood Brothers.”

A production of Blood Brothers continues to tour the UK into 2013. However, it is understood that there are no immediate plans for a London production in another West End venue.

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