Lyn Paul will return to the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers - Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone (previous cast production) (2)

Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone in a previous production of Blood Brothers

Former seventies pop star Lyn Paul will return to the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers nearly 20 years after she first starred in Willy Russell’s much-loved musical.

Paul first won rave reviews for her performance as the character in 1997, she later returned to the role and featured in the show’s final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.

Following on from this year’s sell-out tour, the 2016 tour with Paul in the role of the mother forced to give up one of her twin sons, will open in Peterborough on 12 January. Further casting details are yet to be announced.

As a member of the popular vocal group the New Seekers, 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 up no less than four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, the musicals 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 musical supervision by Tom De Keyser.

Angela Thomas

www.kenwright.com

BLOOD BROTHERS – SPRING 2016 TOUR DATES

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 17 January: Peterborough, Broadway Theatre

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 January: Eastbourne Theatres

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 January: Richmond Theatre

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 February: Grimsby Auditorium

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 February: Edinburgh Playhouse

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 February: Nottingham, Theatre Royal

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 February: Bromley, Churchill Theatre

Tuesday 1 –Saturday 5 March: Oxford, New Theatre

Monday 7 – Saturday 12 March: Buxton, Opera House

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 27 March: Torquay, Princess Theatre

Monday 28 March – Saturday 2 April: Leeds Grand Theatre

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 April: Blackpool, Opera House

Monday 11 – Saturday 16 April: High Wycombe, Swan Theatre

Further dates are to be confirmed.

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