Blood Brothers

Louise Gold starred as Mrs Johnstone at The Newbury Watermill, originally scheduled from 5 August - 6 September 1986, however in actual fact Ms Gold only appeared in it from 5 to 21 August 1986.



Mrs Johnstone - Louise Gold

Mickey - Peter Leeper

Eddie - Christopher Villiers

Sammy - Aidan Hamilton

Linda - Kathryn Dimery

Mrs Lyons - Lesley Rooney

Mr Lyons - Peter Sutherland

Narrator - Jeff Pirie

Policeman, Doctor etc - Steve Botcher


Production Team

Author - Willy Russell

Original Production –  11 April 1983, Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London, with Barbara Dixon as Mrs Johnstone

The Orchestra - Anthony Ingle and Christopher Hobbs

Director - Ceri Sherlock

Musical Director - Anthony Ingle

Designer - Simon Banham

Lighting - John A Williams

Production Manager – David Lockwood

Company Stage Manager – Veronica Pettifer

Deputy Stage Manager – Juan Escandell

Assistant Stage Manager – Cathy Plant

Production Carpenter – Pete Brown

Production Photographer – Laurence Burns

Theatre Proprietors – Jill and James Sargant

Managing Director – Jill Fraser (Sargant)

Production Secretary – June Osment

Box Office – Liz Abbott, Kate Bishop, Bernadette Plank, and, Tom Osment

Housekeeper – Pam Durham

Catering and Bar Manager – Chris Burt

Head Waitress – Shirley Bates

Gardner – Colin Waters

Watermill Cats – Blossom, and, Tiger


According to The Stage (article titled ‘The Power Of Lizzie’, dated 4 September 1986, page 2): Halfway through the run however, on Friday 22 August (the Friday before the August Bank Holiday weekend) the leading lady was indisposed, the show was cancelled (a mere 40 minutes prior to curtain up) because of this. The theatre’s management went to some lengths to find a replacement actress for the role. Gillian Bevan (who had been rehearsing in the London production) was brought in as a replacement to play Mrs Johnstone for the performance on Saturday 23 August, and the theatre put on an extra performance on the Bank Holiday Monday, the 25 August (they were not originally scheduled to perform on that Monday). However Gillian Bevan was only available for the weekend, so the performance on Tuesday the 26 August was also cancelled. Elizabeth Power (who had not played the part for eighteen months) was then brought in, with hardly any rehearsal, to play Mrs Johnstone for the last week and a half of the run, from Wednesday 27 August to the end of the run on Saturday 6 September 1986.

Peter Sutherland went on to become a standby in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It.

Louise Gold and Peter Sutherland, along with Gillian Bevan, may also have gone on to appear together in Comedy Tonight

Five years later Gillian Bevan went on to appear with Louise Gold in The Boys From Syracuse, and subsequently in the Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala.

Gillian Bevan went on to appear in Kids At Heart, and, may have taken part in Thing A Thon. Her recording credits include: Magic Of The Musicals, Centre Stage Showtime!, 100 Hits Musicals, and, The Great Musicals – From Broadway to Hollywood.


Critics Comments

  “In Cerl Sherlock’s compelling production Louise Gold does well as Mum.” Roy Martin, THE READING EVENING POST, 16 August 1986.


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