Concept Players Bring Play Version of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers to Dolman Theatre

Concept Players are to return to Newport’s Dolman Theatre after the recent success of Anything Goes with the play version of Willy Russell’s classic “Blood Brothers“, the story of twin brothers separated at birth.

The story begins when the twin’s mother, Mrs Johnston, is forced to make a decision that will affect all their lives as she gives up one of the twins to Mrs Lyons, a woman who has longed to be a mother and takes advantage of Mrs Johnston’s good nature to get a child of her own. We follow the twins’ lives as they make their way through the sixties, seventies and eighties at opposite ends of the social spectrum.

When they meet, by chance, as young boys they make a promise to each other to always be friends, to be one another’s blood brother until they reach the fateful tragic conclusion of the play. Through the twin boys, and their families, we see the great differences in the social scale during tough times which can resonate strongly with a modern audience and the times we live in now. The play’s themes of fate and fortune, with both its darker and more comical moments, make this original play version of the hit musical one not to miss.

Concept Players originally performed the play version of Blood Brothers at Penarth and Abergavenny in 2018, winning an award for Best Production from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).  Dee McIlroy (NODA) said of the production, “Exceptional Concept Players proved once again how versatile this company is, which always presents us with an original take on any work they undertake.”

Blood Brothers (Play Version) opens at the Dolman Theatre, Newport on Thursday 29th June until Saturday 1st July.

Tickets are available via the Box Office on 01633 263670 or via All performances are at 7:30pm and tickets are £12.00 for adults and £10 for Students.

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