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Blood Brothers

1st January

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‘EXHILARATING…ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN’
Sunday Times

‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING APPROVAL’
The Daily Mail

‘A TRIUMPHANT EVENING…UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE’
The Spectator

Willy Russell’s legendary musical tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning BLOOD BROTHERS.

Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail). The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Photos feature previous cast.

Niki came into the public eye in 2007 when she was named “the songbird” after her appearance on the X Factor. She came 4th and won the hearts of many fans along the way.

Niki then went on to perform to thousands of people each night on the X Factor stadium tour. Niki was invited to sing with other familiar faces including Heather Small, Kim Wilde in Dubai and John Barrowman at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Niki was invited to return to the NEC by the legendary Jasper Carrot and appeared on the Rock with Laughter Show.

In 2016, Niki was invited by Royal Appointment to sing at Windsor Castle for the Queens 90th birthday celebrations. A week-long celebration of singing with the Queens Orchestra every night was a highlight in her career.

Niki then went on to secure a role on London’s West End as Mrs Johnson in Blood Brothers. Niki’s other theatre credits include: Jackie in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Red Entertainment, UK Tour); Trish in Kinky Boots UK Tour (Playful Productions, Jerry Mitchell); Green in Shout – The 60’s Musical (Blackpool Winter Gardens, Peter Frosdick Productions); Miss Mason in Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre, West-End, Guy Unsworth); Paulette in Legally Blonde UK. No. 1 Tour (ATG, Jerry Mitchell); and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers West-End and No. 1 Tour (Bill Kenwright Limited, Bob Tomson).

On TV Niki has appeared on Loose Women, This morning, L&K and on the BBC news.

Theatre: Blood Brothers (National Tour); Mamma Mia (West End and International Tour); Merrily We Roll Along (West End and Menier Chocolate Factory); Chess (Aarhus Theatre, Danish Tour); Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory); Guys And Dolls (Theatr Clywd, Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Ipswich and Tour); On The Twentieth Century (Union Theatre); Footloose (National Tour); Lord Of The Rings (West End); Guys And Dolls (Donmar In The West End); Grimm Hardcore Fairy Tales (Kings Head); Newsrevue (Canal Cafe); The Far Pavilions (West End); Grease (National Tour); Miss Saigon (National Tour); 16 Gobs (Kings Head); Anything Goes (The Landor) and Mother Goose (Norwich Theatre Royal).

Film: Merrily We Roll Along (Digital Theatre +); 10X10 (Feature), First One Away (Short).

Original member of The Valli Boys vocal group.

Sean is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the part of Mickey. He has had a long and successful association with the role having played it in both West End and Touring productions

Recent theatre credits include The Turnip Field (Stoke Rep and Turbine Theatre), Wave Me Goodbye (Theatr Clwyd), the title role in Macbeth at The Epstein Theatre and The Narrator in The Stream (Hurricane of Change) at Venue Cymru with Mike Peters and The Alarm.

He also is a regular panto comic with numerous seasons and is currently resident comic at The Floral Pavilion New Brighton.

TV credits include Emmerdale, The Royal Today, Hollyoaks, The Chase.

Film credits include Approaching Shadows (Tape Films) which recently premiered at the BFI Southbank and Wings (Baby Dog Films) directed by 

Joel Benedict is from Bristol and grew up in Harrogate. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and LIPA in Liverpool. 

Joel’s credits include: Eddie Lyons in Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers (UK tour 2014-2016); Spamalot (UK tour) and Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016). In training he played Henry Allardyce in Betty Blue Eyes, several roles in Legally Blonde and Father Kenny in A Man of No Importance (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Joel is also a professional guitar, mandolin, ukulele and lute player so he is often seen either onstage as an actor musician or in the band. He has recently branched out into audiobook narration with Audible. 

Paula trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Paula has had a long association with Blood Brothers, first playing Mrs Lyons at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End and returning to the role many times over the years.

Other theatre roles include; Lady Constance, Harriet and Alice in The March (UK tour); Kitty in Taking Steps (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne); Andy in Stepping Out (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne); Mrs Mouse in The Wind in the Willows (UK tour and QE2) and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (QE2); Dorigen & Guinevere in The Canterbury Tales (Arts Theatre, West End & Mermaid Theatre, London); Lucia in Black Coffee (UK tour); Jenny in Nightmare (UK tour) and Rachel in The Exorcism (UK tour); Queen Elizabeth 1st in Johnny Ball’s Let the Force be with You (National tour) & Marie Curie in The Michael Faraday all Electric Roadshow (National Tour); Miss Honey in the premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda (Farnham Theatre & National tour); various roles in Dr.Who – The Ultimate Adventure (National tour) and Kit Kat girl in Cabaret (Harrogate Theatre).

Pantomimes include principal roles in: Cinderella (Princess Theatre, Torquay); Aladdin (Kings Theatre, Southsea & Queens Hall, Widnes); Dick Whittington (Eye Theatre, Suffolk); Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Winchester, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar & Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury); Ali Baba, & Humpty Dumpty (Library Theatre, Luton) and Jack & the Beanstalk (Princess Theatre, Torquay, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar and The Grand Opera House, York).

Comedy sketch shows in London include: Newsrevue, Sports Revue, As Time Goes By, After Eight Stint and Continental Brechtfast. TV includes: Tom Jones (BBC), Crimewatch (BBC) and numerous commercials/voice-overs and corporate films in the UK and abroad. 

Carly is from the North East of England and trained in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Royal Caribbean Productions); Ensemble/ Tribe member in Hair (West End Live); Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); Ensemble and 1st cover Rapunzel/Gothel in Rapunzel the Musical (Gordon Craig); Cinderella in Cinderella (QDOS Entertainment); Swing in Lazy Town Live (UK Tour).

Carly just made her TV debut competing in Simon Cowell’s new Vocalist competition Walk the Line on ITV.

Daniel is an award winning actor, producer and director who was born and lives in Liverpool. He trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Theatre: Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk (Liverpool Empire, Darlington Hippodrome); Hernia (Ugly Sister) in Cinderella (Liverpool Empire); John Lennon in Lennon- Through A Glass Onion (UK, International Tour plus the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2020); Mickey in Alan Bleasdales 40th Anniversary production of Down The Dock Road (Royal Court, Liverpool); Sammy in Blood Brothers (West End & National Tour); Metal Mick in Secrets (Epstein Theatre); Smee in Peter Pan (Liverpool Empire); Mark in The Brink (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); Wishee Washee in Aladdin (Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man); Chris Jacobs in Waiting for Hillsborough (Masque Theatre, Liverpool); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (King’s Head, London); John in One Bad Thing (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Central Park, New York).

Daniel is also currently playing Tommy Cooper in The Tommy Cooper Show for which he won Best Actor in a Comedy. This is an on going UK Tour for which he is also producer and co-writer.

He has also produced, directed and performed as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (both for The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool). Other directing credits: A Taste of Honey and also Macbeth which will visit The Victoria Theatre in Singapore and Severn Theatre in Shrewsbury this year.

TV credits: Maguire in Brookside (Mersey TV); Patrick in Game On (Hatrick); Alex Subarov in Ellington (ITV); The Liver Birds (BBC); Cardiac Arrest (BBC). Daniel has played on both sides of the law in The Bill (ITV), playing Des and Nathan Cole.

Commercials include: Daz, 3G Phones, Kit Kat, BT Sport and European advert of the year, (Rio) Centreel Beheer (Holland).

Daniel is a highly respected singer songwriter who has played sell out gigs all over the UK and Ireland. He released his critically acclaimed first album The Party Is Over only last year. He recently supported Mike Peters (The Alarm) on his Declare The Strength tour.

Daniel would like to thank his amazing family and pals for their continuing support and dedicates his work to Sonny his son and the 96 angels that he left behind.

Tim’s professional acting career began in 1997 in Kay Mellor’s play A Passionate Woman. Since then Tim has appeared in the national tour of Doctor Dolittle, Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Blood Brothers (Mr Lyons), Seasonal Sauce at the Watermill Theatre, Who Ate All the Pies?, a workshop for Plymouth Theatre Royal, Boobs in the Wood, an adult panto (Robin Hood), Spitfire Dream a one man show about the famous inventor of the Spitfire fighter plane, Agatha Christie’s The Hollow (John Cristow), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Barrymore). Tim played the real-life character of the Australian journalist and writer George Johnston in the 2020 film So Long Marianne.

Tim co wrote and directed What’s All the Fuss About? a jukebox musical based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Magnificent Seven a stage play inspired by the true story of Bernard Joran who escaped from his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of D-Day in Normandy, a brand new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Tim also co-wrote, directed and produced two plays during 2020-2021 that were performed to socially-distanced audiences: Closure (Stoke Repertory Theatre) and The Turnip Field (Turbine Theatre Battersea). Tim lives in Staffordshire with his partner and cowriter Catherine O’Reilly and their miniature chocolate Labradoodle, Henri.

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