Blood Brothers anniversary tour extended into the autumn

Extra dates have been added to the 30th anniversary tour of Bill Kenwright’s acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

After playing to packed houses across the UK, the tour will now continue into the autumn, opening at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday 29 August.

Featuring former 1970s pop star Lyn Paul returning to the role of Mrs Johnstone 20 years after she first starred in Willy Russell’s much-loved musical, the production also features Dean Chisnall (Shrek The Musical) returning to the role of the Narrator and Sean Jones reprising the role of Mickey he previously played in the West End including as part of the final cast in 2012.

Lyn Paul first won rave reviews for her performance as a mother forced to give up one of her twin sons in 1997, she later returned to the role and featured in the show’s final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.

As a member of the popular vocal group the New Seekers, Lyn Paul enjoyed chart success in the 1970s with hits like the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ and the song that became an anthem for the international drinks’ brand Coca-Cola, ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’. Aside from her stints in Blood Brothers, Paul’s theatre career has included roles in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider; in Boy George’s musical Taboo; and in Footloose – the Musical.

Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Russell, has triumphed across the globe. Scooping four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers played in London’s West End for 24 years. The show exceeded 10,000 performances – one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

Presented by Bill Kenwright, who also directs alongside Bob Tomson, the production is designed by Andy Walmsley with sound design by Dan Samson; musical direction by Kelvin Towse and lighting design by Nick Richings.

After playing G Live until 2 September, the tour will head for: Glasgow’s King’s Theatre (5-16 September); Norwich Theatre Royal (19-23 September); New Theatre, Cardiff (26-30 September); Milton Keynes Theatre (2-7 October); Chester Story House (9-14 October); De Montfort Hall, Leicester (16-21 October); Bradford Alhambra (30 October-4 November); Northampton Derngate (9-11 November); Nottingham Theatre Royal (21-25 November) and Sunderland Empire (27 November-2 December).

Angela Thomas

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