The West End star will reprise her role as Mrs Johnstone in its spring  2019 tour. 


Bill Kenwright’s production of the hit musical will be touring the UK once again, opening on Tuesday 29th January at Malvern Festival Theatre. 

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, Blood Brothers has won four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway and toured across the UK last year.

The Olivier Award nominated British actress Linzi Hateley returns to the seminal role of Mrs Johnstone. Speaking of the news the actress said: “Mrs Johnstone is an iconic role that I’ve always secretly dreamed of playing. I’m thrilled to perform it to audiences right across our country.”

Linzi has performed in numerous West End productions, the most recent of which being the role of Donna in Mamma Mia. At just seventeen years old, she was cast as the title role in the Royal Shakespeare’s production of Carrie: the Musical, a role that would take her to Broadway. She went on to star as The Narrator in the London Palladium production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, alongside Jason Donovan as Joseph, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.  Other West End roles include Éponine in Les Misérables, Roxie Hart in Chicago, Rizzo in Grease and Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins. She also starred as Helen in the National Theatre’s revival of London Road.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast for the new UK tour of Blood Brothers is set to include Sarah Jane Buckley, Sean Jones, Mark Hutchinson, Robbie Scotcher, Danielle Corlass, Tim Churchill, Graham Martin, Amy Jane Ollies, Alison Crawford, Graeme Kinniburgh, Andy Owens and Josh Capper.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

As well as being directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, the production’s creative team includes designs by Andy Walmsley, sound by Dan Samson, musical direction by  Tim Whiting  and lighting by Nick Richings.

Blood Brothers will embark on its UK tour from the 29th January and is booking until the 18th May.

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