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These pages provide details of some of the printed publications - books, theatre programmes, newspapers and magazines - that have featured Lyn Paul during her long career.

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New Seekers' programmes featuring Lyn Paul
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Theatre programmes


Theatre Programmes


Lyn Paul's dream of starring in a stage musical came true in 1997 when she was offered the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. Since then she has played the part many times in the West End and at theatres around the UK.

In 2002 Lyn starred in the West End production of Boy George's musical Taboo. The following year she lent her talents to a new musical, The Biz!, by Chris Hamel-Cooke and Charles Garland. In 2007 she starred as Vi Moore in Footloose The Musical and in 2011 she originated the role of Sophie in Rhinestone Mondays. In 2013, having brought the West End production of Blood Brothers to a close the year before, Lyn joined the cast of the Rufus Norris production of Cabaret for its UK tour. The programmes from these productions are described below.

West End

Blood Brothers
Phoenix Theatre


Blood Brothers
souvenir brochures


Footloose
Playhouse Theatre


Taboo
The Venue

UK Theatres

Blood Brothers

UK tour 1997
UK tour 2002
UK tour 2006
Liverpool, 2008
UK tour 2009
UK tour 2010
UK tour 2016
UK tour 2017

The Biz!

Cabaret

Footloose

Rhinestone Mondays


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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 1998).


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Lyn Paul Then:
1998


In Print 1998

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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers
Phoenix Theatre

Lyn Paul starred in the West End production of Blood Brothers at various times between 1997 and 2012. The theatre programme was amended from time to time to reflect the inevitable cast changes.

The Cast [1998]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Warwick Evans
Mickey  - Andy Snowden
Eddie  - Drew Ashton
Mrs. Lyons  - Sarah Hay
Linda  - Debbie Eden
Sammy  - Keith Newby
Mr. Lyons  - David Hitchen
Policeman / Teacher  - Gary Brookfield
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Sara Haggerty
Perkins  - David Bingham
Neighbour  - Seth Jee
Brenda  - Louise Russell
Bus Conductor  - Simon Firth

Musical Numbers

Act 1


Overture
Marilyn Monroe
My Child
Easy Terms
Shoes Upon The Table
Easy Terms (Reprise)
Kids Game

Shoes Upon The Table (Reprise)
Bright New Day (preview)
Long Sunday Afternoon
Bright New Day

Act 2

Marilyn Monroe
Shoes Upon The Table
That Guy
I'm Not Saying A Word
Miss Jones
Marilyn Monroe
Light Romance
Shoes Upon The Table / Madman
Tell Me It's Not True



Photo of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 1998).


Biography of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 1998).
 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 1999).


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Lyn Paul Then:
1999



In Print 1999

Musical Stages

In1999 Keith Burns replaced Warwick Evans as the Narrator. Lyn Paul continued in the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone for most of year, though she took a break from performances during the Summer and left again in December to spend Christmas with her family.

The Cast [1999]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Keith Burns
Mickey  - Andy Snowden
Eddie  - Drew Ashton
Mrs. Lyons  - Sarah Hay
Linda  - Debbie Eden
Sammy  - Keith Newby
Mr. Lyons  - David Hitchen
Policeman / Teacher  - Gary Brookfield
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Emma Bispham
Perkins  - David Bingham
Neighbour  - Seth Jee
Brenda  - Louise Russell
Bus Conductor  - Simon Firth


Photo of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 1999).


Biography of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 1999).
 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 2000).


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2000



In Print 2000

Yours


In Print 2001

Independent
On Sunday
,
8th April

Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers for a week on 7th August 2000, while Denise Nolan took a short break from the show. Also joining the cast that week was Daniel Taylor as Sammy. A special insert featuring Lyn's and Daniel's biographies was added to the programme.

The Cast [2000]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Keith Burns
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Tom Fairfoot
Mrs. Lyons  - Paula Tappenden
Linda  - Sarah-Jane Bourne
Sammy  - David Keeling
Mr. Lyons  - David Hitchen
Policeman / Teacher  - Gary Brookfield
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Emma Bispham
Perkins  - David Bingham
Neighbour  - Seth Jee
Brenda  - Bethan Thomas
Bus Conductor  - Jon-Paul Hevy



Biography (insert) of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (week commencing 7th August 2000).
Lyn Paul resumed her role as Mrs. Johnstone in the West End production of Blood Brothers on 9th October 2000. She took a short break from the show to spend Christmas and New Year with her family, returning on 15th January 2001 and continuing until 5th May.

Between October 2000 and May 2001, the Blood Brothers cast changed a number of times, as illustrated below.

The Cast [October 2000 - May 2001]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Keith Burns
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Paula Tappenden,
 - Vanessa Cross
 - Caroline Fitzgerald
Linda  - Theresa Kartell
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
 - Mostyn Lawrence
Mr. Lyons  - Philip Stewart
 - David Hitchen
 - Lindsey Mack
Policeman / Teacher  - Jason Griffiths
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Louise Russell
Perkins  - David Bingham
Neighbour  - Sean Jones
Brenda  - Jayne Nesbitt
Bus Conductor  - Stephen Pallister



Biography of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 2000).
 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 2002).


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2002


In Print 2002

Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers for a week on 25th March 2002, while Linda Nolan took a short break from the show. Lyn then joined the UK touring production for performances in Malvern and Liverpool.

The Cast [March 2002]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Paul Crosby
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Louisa Lydell
Linda  - Ruth Gibson
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Jason Griffiths
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Amanda Minihan
Perkins  - Julian Duncan
Neighbour  - Seth Gee
Brenda  - Nikki Davis-Jones
Bus Conductor  - Matt Robinson



Biography (insert) of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (week commencing 25th March 2002).
Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers for another week on 2nd December 2002, while Linda Nolan took a break from the show.

The Cast [December 2002]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Louisa Lydell
Linda  - Louise Clayton
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Anthony Jordan
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Amanda Minihan
Perkins  - Julian Duncan
Neighbour  - James Templeton
Brenda  - Emily Buck
Bus Conductor  - Matt Robinson



Biography (insert) of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (week commencing 2nd December 2002).
Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers for a week on 31st March 2003, while Linda Nolan took another short break from the show. An insert was produced for the programme, pointing out that Lyn would be playing the part of Mrs. Johnstone.

The Cast [March 2003]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Sarah Hay
Linda  - Louise Clayton
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Grant Alyward
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Louise Russell
Perkins  - Louis Tamore
Neighbour  - James Templeton
Brenda  - Emily Buck
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland



 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 2002).


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2004

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2004


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2008

Lyn Paul Then:
2008


In Print 2008

Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers on 1st September 2003, continuing until.10th April 2004. In November Lyn was forced out of the show with laryngitis and was temporarily replaced by Siobhan McCarthy. The other cast changes during this period are detailed below.

The Cast [September 2003 - April 2004]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
 - Siobhan McCarthy
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Sarah Hay
Linda  - Louise Clayton
 - Amanda Salmon
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Grant Alyward
 - Paul Dallison
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Louise Russell
 - Emma Thornett
Perkins  - Louis Tamore
 - Neal Andrews
Neighbour  - James Templeton
 - Richard Munday
Brenda  - Emily Buck
 - Joanne McShane
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland



Biography of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 2003).
Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers from 1st June - 17th July 2004. After time out for a Summer holiday, she returned again from 6th September - 8th January 2005.

The Cast [June 2004 - January 2005]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
 - Richard Munday
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Sarah Hay
 - Jacqui Charlesworth
Linda  - Amanda Salmon
 - Rebecca Reaney
Sammy  - Daniel Taylor
 - Michael Southern
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Paul Dallison
 - Andrew Blair
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Louise Russell
 - Emma Thornett
Perkins  - James Topping
 - Neal Andrews
Neighbour  - Richard Munday
 - David Cooper
Brenda  - Emily Buck
 - Joanne McShane
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland


 
Lyn Paul returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers on 28th January 2008, following four weeks at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

The Cast [January - March 2008]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Craig Price
Mickey  - Jay Roberts
Eddie  - Craig Whiteley
Mrs. Lyons  - Vanessa Clarke
Linda  - Debbie Eden
Sammy  - Michael Southern
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Dan Byrne
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Chloe Taylor
Perkins  - Simon Turner
Neighbour  - Michael Everest
Brenda  - Anna Sambrooks
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland


 
During March 2008 Lyn Paul took a three-week break from the West End production of Blood Brothers, returning on 24th March for rehearsals with a new cast.

A new peogramme was produced to reflect the change of cast. In the Summer this was replaced by another one featuring interviews by Elaine Peake with Willy Russell and Bill Kenwright. Talking about the casting of the show, Bill Kenwright said: "Lyn Paul, who's currently in the show, has had a love affair with it for nearly a decade now, and she's one of my favourite Mrs. Johnstones."

The Cast [April 2008]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Craig Price
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Richard Reynard
Mrs. Lyons  - Louise Davidson
Linda  - Louise Clayton
Sammy  - Michael Southern
Mr. Lyons  - Stephen Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Rob Hughes
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Amy O'Neill
Perkins  - Alastair Brookshaw
Neighbour  - Karl Greenwood
Brenda  - Anna Sambrooks
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland


 
 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (programme cover, 2010).


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In Print 2010

On Tuesday, 31st August 2010, following her appearances in the 2010 touring production of the show, Lyn Paul once again returned to the West End production of Blood Brothers.

Lyn's last performances were due to be Saturday, 23rd October but she was persuaded to stay until Saturday, 20th November. On Friday, 19th November, however, Lyn received the news that her mother, who had been seriously ill for many months, was now in a critical condition. Lyn was given compassionate leave to be by her mum's bedside and so missed both the matinee and evening performances on her last day.

The Cast [August - November 2010]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Philip Stewart
Mickey  - Stephen Palfreman
Eddie  - Simon Willmont
Mrs. Lyons  - Vivienne Carlyle
Linda  - Louise Clayton
Sammy  - Michael Southern
Mr. Lyons  - Christopher Dickins
Policeman / Teacher  - Steve Hansell
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Rebekah Clifford
Perkins  - Simon Turner
Neighbour  - Karl Greenwood
Brenda  - Kate Sharp
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland



Biography of Lyn Paul from the Blood Brothers programme (Phoenix Theatre, 2010).
 
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Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre (final programme cover, 29th October - 10th November 2012).


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2012


In Print 2012

At the beginning of August 2012 it was announced that, after 20 years at the Phoenix Theatre, the West End production of Blood Brothers was going to close. The last performance was originally scheduled to be on Saturday, 27th October but the production was given a two-week reprieve, with a cast of Bill Kenwright's favourites being asked back to give the show a special send off.

Lyn Paul returned to play Mrs. Johnstone for the last time, alongside Warwick Evans, Sean Jones, Mark Hutchinson, Vivienne Carlysle and Jan Graveson in the other leading roles.

The Cast [29th October - 10th November 2012]

Mrs. Johnstone  - Lyn Paul
Narrator  - Warwick Evans
Mickey  - Sean Jones
Eddie  - Mark Hutchinson
Mrs. Lyons  - Vivienne Carlyle
Linda  - Jan Graveson
Sammy  - Michael Southern
Mr. Lyons  - Kevin Pallister
Policeman / Teacher  - Matt Slack
Donna Marie / Miss Jones  - Joanne Dalladay
Perkins  - Simon Turner
Neighbour  - Craig Anthony-Kelly
Brenda  - Ashley Morgan
Bus Conductor  - Alex Harland


Biography of Lyn Paul from the final 'Blood Brothers' programme.
 
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