Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre
04.04.2011 - 04.04.2011 10 °C
I somehow managed to come out smelling like a rose on this one! One of J's birthday presents (from his big sis) was two tickets to Blood Brothers, one of the West End's longest running plays (it premiered in 1983, and this current production has been running since 1988), and probably one of the two hardest to get in to (the other one? War Horse, which we'd already seen thanks to J!).
Blood Brothers is a musical written by the famous Willy Russell and based (loosely) on The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas. The story is an age-old nature vs. nurture plot, based on twins who are separated at birth--one grows up poor and uneducated, while the other becomes an Oxford-educated politician. The story takes place over a couple of decades and covers every theme imaginable--class, race, religion, gender, immigration, abandonment, love, marriage ... you name it.
The Phoenix Theatre is a small, quaint house nestled in on Charing Cross Road. We had enough time to take a quick once-around the local Soho/West End neighbourhood before our 7:45pm curtain call.
The Phoenix Theatre itself is quite beautiful inside, with lower stalls, a real old-fashioned dress circle, and an upper circle, which is where we were seated. Turned out that our seats were perfect: being a Monday night, the upper circle wasn't completely full, so we had many seats all to ourselves with an unobstructed view! As always, my obsession with original theatre posters continues! I'd love to have my own collection of these one day.
The play was EXCELLENT. I can't for the life of me figure out why Canada hasn't seen a large-scale production of this musical. It's a real crowd pleaser, even at 2.5 hours.
One unrelated piece of information I learned this night: the youth of London don't give a crap about Charles II.