Musical melodrama set in Liverpool about twins separated at birth and the effects on their personalities as they grow up of 'nature' and 'nurture'. A poor family, already with kids, is blessed with twins, but they can't cope. The mother cleans at a 'posh' house where they are desperate to have kids but can't and a deal is struck which no-one must know about. Despite the efforts of the new family the boys paths cross time and time again as they grow and one becomes 'bad' while the other is 'good'. Eventually they clash with tragic consequences. The musical is un-usual in having a "narrator" who helps to move the plot along. Running time 2 hours 45 mins including intervalPerformers Linda Nolan (Mrs Johnstone), Keith Burns (narrator), Stephen Palfreman (Mickey), Drew Ashton (Eddie), Louise Clayton (Linda), Tracy Spencer (Mrs Lyons), Danny Taylor (Sammy), Matt Slack (Policeman/Teacher), Katherine Douglas (Donna Marie), Phillip Maggs (Perkins), Rob Hughes (Postman/Bus Conductor), Karl Greenwood (Neighbour), Emma Nowell (Brenda).
Author Willy Russell. Producer Bill Kenwright. Director Bob Tomson. Director Bill Kenwright. Director Rod Edwards (music). Design Andy Walmsley. Lighting Nick Richings. Sound Ben Harrison.