If you were a musical and you could pick a nickname, "Standing Ovation" is pretty much exactly where you'd want to land. Over thirty years since its West End debut, Blood Brothers is back in Brum — and if you've somehow let the heart shaking tuneage pass you by until now, this is your time. Originally developed as a school play, Willy Russell's tale tells the story of fraternal twins who were separated at birth, with one raised in a wealthy family, and the other in a poor family. The pair's different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social sphere, with one becoming a councillor and the other finding his way to prison. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their reunion involves a girl and isn't without incident but we'll leave you to work out the detail. Opens October 10. Book
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