A MULTI-award winning production of Blood Brothers will be coming to Carlisle this autumn. 

There will be showings at The Sands Centre between Tuesday, October 4 and Saturday, October 8. 

Former X-Factor finalist Niki Colwell Evans will be returning as the iconic Mrs Johnstone alongside Sean Jones, who will be completing his final ever tour in the role of Mickey Johnstone. 

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A spokesperson said: "Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. [It is] considered 'one of the best musicals ever written' by the Sunday Times. 

"Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

"This epic tale of Liverpool life started as a play, performed at a Liverpool comprehensive school in 1981, before opening at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983.

"The musical has since triumphed across the globe, completing sell out seasons in the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, and scooping up four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.

"The superb score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.

"Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

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"When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.

"It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again, this time with twins. In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show's shattering climax."