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Blood Brothers - Korea - 2014 - Photo Credit: Hansaem Song


Simada: mrs Johnstone

Blood Brothers in Japan

Sakamoto as Mickey


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Blood Brothers across the World

Blood Brothers is one of the longest running musicals in the West End and a massive success all over the world from Broadway to Australia. This page celebrates the many different productions during the past twenty five years or so.


Glen Walford directs a new production of BLOOD BROTHERS in South Korea in the summer of 2014. Produced by The Shownote Company, they perform BLOOD BROTHERS at the Hongik Daehangno Art Centre in Seoul and it will run for three months. CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of photographs from the show.

Some of the cast for Blood Brotehr in South Korea  2014 - Photo Credit: Hansaem Song
Brand New Day - Photo Credit: Hansaem Song
The full cast for Blood Brotehr in South Korea  2014 - Photo Credit: Hansaem Song

The cast includes Song Chang-eui, Cho Jeong-seok, Chang Seung-jo, Oh Jong-hyuk, Chin Ah-rah, Ku Won-young, Moon Jong-won, Kim Ki-sun, Bae Jun-seong, Shim Jae-hyun, Choi Yu-ha


In 2014 Chelsea Plumley played Mrs Johnstone, Gareth Keegan - Mickey and Matthew Bradford - Eddie.

Chelsea Plumley as Mrs Johnstone - Melbourne 2014


In 2013/14 a production of BLOOD BROTHERS toured South Africa. Directed by songwriter, director and playwright DAVID KRAMER. The photograph below show Willy and David running through a few of the musical numbers from the show.

Willy Russell and David Kramer working on the new South African production of BLOOD BROTHERS.


The photograph (very top of page) above shows Glen Walford with some of the Japanese actors who came to the UK to soak up the Liverpool atmosphere before performing Blood Brothers.


JAPAN (click the images to see a slideshow of the programme)
imageJapan loves Blood Brothers and several productions have taken place in recent years. Glen Walford has directed all of these and has a special relationship with Willy Russell's work. In 2003 she directed a producton for Fuji Television for the Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The programme for the show (featured left) is a work of art and measures 14" by 10".

Glen Walford's recent work includes a production for Toho Company which opened at Theatre Creation, Tokyo on August 8th 2009. The production will tour Japan in April and May of 2010. Click the photograph below for a slideshow of the cast. Photographs kindly provided by Masako Tomita of the Toho Theatre.


The cast of the Toho production of Blood Brothers - 2009/2010

Takeda Shinji and Fujioka Masaaki played Mickey and Okada Kohki Tashiro Mario playes Eddie. The production also had two Mrs. Johnstones, Kim Ji Hyun and T’sukas.


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Blood Brothers in Japan


DENMARK (click the images to see a slideshow of photos from the show)
Performed at The Aalborg theatre in 1998

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Lisbeth Gajhede played Mrs Johnstone and Allan Klie Mickey with Morten Staugaard as Eddie.

Seoul 1995
Seensee Theatre Company - Seoul 2004

Mickey and Edddie in Korea


A production toured between 1998 and 1999. The cast included Danny de Munk as Mickey and Frank Rigter as Eddie.

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Russell Crowe played Mickey in 1988/89. Peter Cousens played Eddie and Christina Amphlett, rock singer turned actress, played Mrs Johnstone.


GERMANY (click the images to see a slideshow of photos from the show)
1989: Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg West Germany
1992: Theater Heilbron

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POLAND (click the images to see a slideshow of photos from the show)
The 1993/94 production featuring Dusan Cinkota, Maros Kramar & Robert Roth as Mickey. Eddie was played at various times by Jan Gallovic and Stano Kral and Mrs Johnstone by Eva Pavlikova, Zdena Studenkova and Sona Valentova.

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1996 Red Torch Theatre Novosibersk Siberia Russia - directed by Glen Walford.


In 2011/12 a production of Blood Brothers...