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.
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.