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Press Articles: 2010s

These pages provide details of newspaper articles, reviews and interviews featuring Lyn Paul or the New Seekers, which appeared in the UK press from 2010 onwards. Scroll down the page or select a year from the table below.

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2015 2016 2017 2018 2019



UK Newspapers

The Paperboy


2017 marked the 30th anniversary of Bill Kenwright's touring production of Blood Brothers. Lyn Paul returned as Mrs. Johnstone, twenty years after she had first played the role.

 The Star (Sheffield), Thursday, 26th January 2017.

Blood Brothers, Lyceum

A review of Blood Brothers at the Lyceum, Sheffield, which describes Lyn Paul, playing Mrs. Johnstone, as "giving an honest, gritty performance as she struggles with the heartache and guilt" of giving away a son to a wealthy family on the posh side of town.

"In moving scenes as she struggles with her decision, Lyn's heartfelt emotion is raw and sincere, with her ending up in genuine tears when tragedy strikes in the final scene."

 The Herald (Glasgow), Thursday, 2nd February 2017.

Obituary - Desmond Carrington, broadcaster and actor
by Stephen Naysmith

The New Seekers were mentioned in an obituary for the popular broadcaster Desmond Carrington, who had died the day before, aged 90.

"Even when he devoted one of his last shows to the 1970s, it avoided what many might have thought the typical productions of that decade, preferring Demis Roussos, The New Seekers, Perry Como and Shirley Bassey... Perhaps rather to the surprise of the BBC’s management, there proved to be a sizeable audience for this material, which was otherwise largely absent from the airwaves."

 Bournemouth Daily Echo, Tuesday, 7th February 2017.

Review: Blood Brothers, Lighthouse Poole
by Jade Grassby

A review of Blood Brothers at the Lighthouse, Poole which highlights "stand-out performances... from Lyn Paul (Mrs. Johnstone) and Sarah Jane Buckley (Mrs. Lyons)."

 Liverpool Echo, Sunday, 12th February 2017, page 4.


BLOOD BROTHERS "Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role she has played many times in the West End... Southport Theatre from February 13 until 18."

The listings in the Liverpool Echo on Monday, 13th February repeated the same information (page 13).

 Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, Wednesday, 15th February 2017.

Smash hit musical Blood Brothers arrives at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre next week

A news item heralding the arrival of Blood Brothers: "Blood Brothers arrives at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre next Monday as part of a 30th anniversary UK tour of the Bill Kenwright production, with Lyn Paul reprising the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone."

 The Independent [Web Edition], Thursday, 16th February 2017, page 47.


The Independent rememberd Lyn's 68th birthday! Others celebrating the same day: June Brown, actress, 90; Cathy Freeman, Olympic 400 metres champion, 44; Valentino Rossi, former world motorcycling champion, 38.

 Swindon Advertiser, Tuesday, 21st February 2017.

Review: Gritty drama is addictive

A review of Blood Brothers at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.

"Set in 1960s Liverpool, the plot centres around Mrs. Johnstone (played by the fantastically talented Lyn Paul of New Seekers fame) who is struggling to support her many children after her husband walks out on her."

 The Stage, Thursday, 23rd February 2017, page 16.

Blood Brothers
by Jeremy Brien

"Given that previous performers in the role have included the likes of Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Carole King and four of the Nolan Sisters, it is no small tribute for Lyn Paul to be voted as “the definitive Mrs. Johnston” in Willy Russell`s enduring musical Blood Brothers.

The former New Seekers singer`s claim doesn`t rely on longevity, either, despite first appearing in the West End`s third longest-running show 20 years ago. For here she is again at the start of a 10-month Bill Kenwright regional tour, bringing compassion, dignity and a commanding echo chamber voice to the mother who has to bear the consequences of giving away one of her babies at birth."

 Swindon Advertiser, Thursday, 23rd February 2017.

Don’t miss iconic, heartbreaking tale

A news item announcing that Blood Brothers was at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon until Saturday "with Lyn Paul reprising the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone".

 Maidenhead Advertiser, Thursday, 2nd March 2017, page 32.


Until Saturday, March 4
Blood Brothers
Theatre Royal
"Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role she has played many times in the West End."

 Birmingham Mail, Tuesday, 7th March 2017, page 2.

What's On

Blood Brothers "Willy Russell's moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks... It's one of only three musicals to have been performed more than 10,000 times in London's West End. Lyn Paul plays the mother. Until Saturday, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry."

 Northern Echo, Thursday, 9th March 2017.

Mrs J's in her blood: Lyn Paul in Blood Brothers, next week at Newcastle

An interview with Lyn Paul in which she said: “I’m just thrilled that I’m still working at my age. I’m very grateful to Bill Kenwright (the impresario who has produced the show since 1987) for casting me again as Mrs J., because normally she isn’t in her late 60s. I’m terribly grateful he’s given me the opportunity to keep playing this role... and I absolutely love it,”

 Daily Mirror, Monday, 10th April 2017, page 20.

Today's events

"First night at the Bristol Hippodrome of Blood Brothers, by Willy Russell, starring Lyn Paul, Sarah-Jane Buckley, Dean Chisnall."

 Western Daily Press (Bristol), Thursday, 13th April 2017, pages 20-21.

Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome
by Pip Larkham

"The cast is fantastic... Jones is brilliant, playing Mickey as a bundle of energy and frustration - idolising his older, wayward brother Sammy (Adam Search); while Paul is wonderful as the downtrodden, yet feisty, Mrs. Johnstone and has a beautifully, clear singing voice used so well in the show’s many songs from Tell Me It’s Not True’ to Marilyn Monroe."

 Worcester News, Thursday, 13th Apri 2017.

Psychological Roller-coaster
by Nigel Wilson

"Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) has previously been voted the definitive Mrs J, in 1997 she made her musical theatre debut in the West End smash hit and has reprised the role regularly over the past two decades - it's easy to see why she was superb, emotionally drained at the end as she sang the spine tingling Tell Me Its Not True she had given her all."

 The Weekly News, Saturday, 15th April 2017, pages 24-25.

Even President Obama was inspired by voice of New Seekers star
by Peter Robertson

An article on the New Seekers, prompted by another "comeback" by Eve Graham at an event called Vamos, at Perth Racecourse. Asked about the possibility of a reunion with the other members of the New Seekers, Eve gives the idea "a firm no".

The article makes reference to Free To Be... You And Me, a song recorded by the New Seekers in 1972. Eve said: "I'm told that Obama has said that 'Free To Be.. You And Me' taught a generation of kids that they were strong and beautiful, and that my voice on the song helped inspire him when he was growing up."

 The Independent [Web Edition], Wednesday, 19th April 2017, page 48.


The Independent
included Eve Graham in the list of eminent people with birthdays on 19th April. Among those born on the same day: Sue Barker, Dame Kelly Holmes, Alan Price and Ruby Wax.

 The Independent [Web Edition], Friday, 5th May 2017.

Eurovision: every single UK entry ranked, from worst to best
by Tristram Fane Saunders

50. Samantha Janus, A Message To Your Heart, 1991

46. Prima Donna, Love Enough For Two, 1980
"Billed as "a group specially formed for the competition," Prima Donna was the Frankenstein's monster of Eurovision, bolted together from a former New Seeker, a future Bardo member and the brother of someone in Bucks Fizz. They were introduced on the night Noel Edmonds, and even he – a man who believes in melon-sized, invisible karmic orbs – seemed skeptical about their chances..."

11. The New Seekers, Beg, Steal Or Borrow, 1972
"From billowing sleeves to velvet tuxedos, the New Seekers had their Eurovision look nailed to perfection. Their song wasn't half bad, either, with its neat harmonies and catchy singalong chorus. Another second-place result for Britain, and a better-than-second-rate entry."

 The Herald, Thursday, 11th May 2017.

Checklist: 10 things to do across Scotland this week

Among the ten things to do...

VAMOS! Perth Racecourse, Friday to Sunday
"A weekend of live American music will see everything from rock and roll, country, jazz, blues and soul to rockabilly and bluegrass bring the Perth Racecourse to life. Featuring music from the 1950s through to the 80s, among the acts taking to the stage are James Carothers and His Significant Others, Border Radio, John Verity Band, Johnny Lee Memphis as Elvis Presley, former New Seeker Eve Graham. Ticket prices start from £25 with weekend passes costing £80."

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 South Wales Echo, Friday, 16th June 2017, page 9.

Show Buzz - All the latest from the world of entertainment

"The 30th anniversary tour of hit musical Blood Brothers will continue till December with Lyn Paul reprising her role as Mrs. Johnstone."

 Sunday Mirror, Sunday, 25th June 2017, page 33.

Going Out

Blood Brothers, various (August 29 - December 1)

"Willy Russell's tale of Liverpool life has become one of the popular musicals of all time. Lyn Paul, who first played matriarch Mrs. Johnstone in 1997, returns to the role of a mum of twins whose separation leads to tragedy."

 Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Thursday, 29th June 2017.

New Alhambra Season
by Emma Clayton

"Old favourites are back, including Blood Brothers, starring Lyn Paul..."

Also published in the Wharfedale Observer, 7th July 2017.

 Liverpool Echo, Thursday, 13th July 2017, page 3.

I always involve the audience - that way, we have a blast
From X Factor winner to musical leading man, Joe McElderry talks about his latest album

The Liverpool Echo reveealed that Joe McElderry's appearance in Liverpool on 18th July would be "special for one reason in particular. The star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be joined live on stage by Blood Brothers' star Lyn Paul for a special performance of Tell Me It's Not True."

 Keighley News, Friday, 4th August 2017.

Lyn returns to role
by Richard Parker

"Blood Brothers will return to Bradford Alhambra for a week this Autumn... Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role, created by Willy Russell, that she has played many times in the West End."

 Nottingham Post, Friday, 11th August 2017, pages 10-11.

The Nottingham Post announced the news that Blood Brothers would be coming to the Theatre Royal in November. "2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Bill Kenwright’s production first tour of the UK and it will see Lyn Paul reprise the role of Mrs. Johnstone, which she first played in 1997."

 Wirral Globe, Tuesday, 23rd August 2017.

Granty's Infernot: Time Wirral threw its cultural hat into the ring
by Peter Grant

Peter Grant made the case for the Wirral to be the next City of Culture and wished Willy Russell a happy 70th birthday. He took the opportunity to mention that "Shirley Valentine is coming to the Floral Pavilion in September and Blood Brothers with Lyn Paul is at the Storyhouse in Chester in October."

 Wirral Globe, Tuesday, 24th August 2017.

Exclusive interview with Lyn Paul
by Peter Grant

Peter Grant interviewed Lyn Paul ahead of her arrival at Storyhouse, Chester in the 30th anniversary touring production of Blood Brothers.

Speaking about her fans, Lyn says: "They have put me where I am today. I love to communicate with them through my website. I love to hear what they think of each show and I am so grateful they follow what I am doing."

 Evening Times (Glasgow), Saturday, 2nd September 2017, page 36.

Blood Brothers star Lynn [sic] Paul did not seek fortune
by Brian Beacom

The dreaded double N! The Evening Times published an interview with Lyn Paul, getting her visit to Glasgow off to a bad start by spelling her name incorrectly. Speaking about her role as Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Lyn said:  “I’m getting on a bit. (She’s now 68). I’m just so glad Bill Kenwright thinks I can still pull it off.”

 The Herald (Glasgow), Thursday, 7th September 2017.

Checklist: 10 things to do in Scotland this week
by Aftab Ali

No. 2 on the list: Blood Brothers King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until September 16. "Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs. Johnstone "

 Liverpool Echo, Thursday, 7th September 2017, page 4.

I love playing Mrs Johnstone in Liverpool, I've made special friends there

A quick Q&A with Lyn Paul ahead of Blood Brothers arrival in Chester.

"You're currently touring and coming to Chester - but just how special is it to play Mrs. Johnstone in front of a Liverpool audience?" Lyn replies: "There is nothing to compare! The Liverpudlians have taken me into their hearts and I have made some really special friends there.'

 Daily Record, Friday, 8th September 2017, page 40.

Blood Brothers
by Vivienne Aitken

A review of Blood Brothers which described the show as "breathtakingly good" but complained that the "sound quality was pretty poor."

 Sunday Mail, (Glasgow), Sunday, 10th September 2017, page 44.

Blood runs cold with classic tale
by Steve Hendry

Readers were reminded that "Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is back at the King's Theatre in Glasgow until September 16... New Seekers singer Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs. Johnstone, which she played in the West End, and Hollyoaks star Sarah Jane Buckley - who is about to return to the soap - plays Mrs. Lyons."

 Warrington Guardian, Wednesday, 13th September 2017.

Chester's 37m Storyhouse launches its first touring season
by David Morgan

"Storyhouse is now welcoming the first shows for its inaugural touring season... Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers pays a visit from October 9 to 14 October, starring Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone."

 South Wales Argus, Thursday, 28th September 2017.

REVIEW: Blood Brothers, New Theatre, Cardif
by Samantha Newman

"Mrs. Johnstone, Lyn Paul, played an outstanding role as the twins’ mother, where you really sympathise with her feelings. There were many tears in the audience with her last performance of the iconic song Tell Me It’s Not True. "

 Western Mail, Thursday, 28th September 2017.

Lyn Paul is the ultimate Mrs. Johnstone
REVIEW: Blood Brothers at New Theatre, Cardiff

by Chris Williams

"The standing ovation at the end is definitely for Lyn Paul's Mrs. Johnstone. Her voice contains so much emotion and if her performance of Tell Me It's Not True doesn't move you, you must be stone. Paul's performance makes me want to see nobody else play Mr.s Johnstone."

 Leicester Mercury, Saturday, 7th October 2017, pages 6-7.

Lynís glad to be back in mother of all roles
by Lizz Brain

An interview with Lyn Paul, who is asked how she looks after herself and her voice, performing eight times a week. Lyn's answer: "Very badly, lots of chocolate caramels."

Speaking about the show's final scene, Lyn also jokes: "My make-up is off and my eyes are red and nose running – it’s not the most attractive end to a show!"

 Wirral Globe, Tuesday, 10th October 2017.

HOT OFF THE STAGE: 'Blood Brothers' at Storyhouse, Chester
by Peter Grant

"Lyn Paul is simply superb as Mrs. J. - her acting and singing faultless. She shed real tears at the end – as I (unashamedly) did yet again."

 Keighley News, Thursday, 12th October 2017.

Lyn Paul back with Brothers
by Richard Parker

"Lyn Paul reprises her role as ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’ as Blood Brothers returns to Bradford Alhambra."

 Wharfedale Observer, Thursday, 26th October 2017.

Brothers are back with a bang
by David Knights

A reminder on the What's On page that Blood Brothers was on its way to Bradford: "Lyn Paul reprises her role as ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’ as Blood Brothers returns to Bradford Alhambra..."

 Bradford Telegraph & Argus, Tuesday, 31st October 2017.

Audience on its feet for emotionally-charged tale of class divide
by Emma Clayton

"With a singing voice like velvet (she had me at Easy Terms), Lyn Paul gave a moving performance reprising her role as Mrs. J."

 Yorkshire Post, Wednesday, 1st November 2017.

Review: Blood Brothers
by Alan Kee

"Blood Brothers is a bit like a timeworn gag, you know what's coming but you still keep going back for more... Lyn Paul is Mrs. Johnstone, the cleaner who makes a pact with her boss to give away one of her twins at birth, so that her childless employer can become a mum for the first time. But her decision has dire consequences. Paul has had a love affair with the part for over a decade and it shows."

 Keighley News, Thursday, 2nd November 2017.

A brilliant, memorable show – Blood Brothers at Bradford's Alhambra
by Laura Harness

"WOW what a show! Every one of the actors require a mention, but a few stood out to me including Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) the backbone of the show as the single parent to a number of children. She sang each and every song beautifully."

 Northern Echo, Tuesday, 28th November 2017.

Review: Blood Brothers, Empire Theatre, Sunderland
by Matt Westcott

"Though the actors play parts spanning several decades of the characters' lives, it never feels like parody or caricature - I believed as much in Mickey (Sean Jones) aged seven as I did when he emerged into adulthood.

The same applies to Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone, who though probably older than her character would be at the start of the play is able to metamorphose through the years with her physical portrayal of a woman who starts out with hopes, dreams and aspirations and sees them torn apart as her life unfolds."

 Southern Daily Echo, day, 11th December 2017.

Blood Brothers returns to Mayflower Theatre
by Hilary Porter

The Southern Daily Echo carried the news that Blood Brothers would be coming to the Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday, 8th – Saturday, 12th May 2018.

"Critically acclaimed actress and singer Lyn Paul returns to the seminal role of Mrs. Johnstone."

 Birmingham Mail, Friday, 15th December 2017, page 55.

Show Buzz

The Latest entertainment news from the Birmingham Mail confirmed that "Lyn Paul is to return to play Mrs. Johnstone in the 2018 tour of hit musical Blood Brothers." The same news also appeared in the Coventry Telegraph (page 33) and the South Wales Echo (page 9) and was repeated in the Liverpool Echo (21st December 2017, page 11).

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