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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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1970-79 1980-89 1990-99 2000-09 2010-18

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.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017 2018  



UK Newspapers

The Paperboy


 Peterborough Telegraph, Monday, 1st January 2018.

Relaunched Broadway Theatre lands West End hit Blood Brothers
by Brad Barnes

The Peterborough Telegraph reported that news that Blood Brothers was returning to Peterborough's Broadway Theatre, 23rd - 28th April.

"Lyn Paul is set to reprise the role of Mrs. Johnston, which she played in the city two years ago."

 Peterborough Telegraph, Thursday, 4th January 2018.

She's back

The Peterborough Telegraph repeated the news that Bill Kenwright was bringing Blood Brothers back to Peterborough's Broadway Theatre. BKL's Executive Director, Steve Potts, was quoted as saying: "To the best of my knowledge there are still technical limitations as to which shows can play The Broadway due to a lack of theatre infrastructure... but by programming 'Blood Brothers' we'll learn more about the new operation and operators."

 Swindon Advertiser, Saturday, 12th January 2018.

Star returns to stage as Blood Brothers comes to Bath
by Alison Phillips

"Critically acclaimed actress and singer Lyn Paul (The New Seekers, Cabaret, Taboo, Footloose - The Musical) returns to the seminal role of Mrs. Johnstone..."

This news item also appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald and the Wiltshire Times.

 Swindon Advertiser, Saturday, 13th January 2018.

Lyn Paul on her role as Mrs. Johnstone and that New Seekers' song

The Swindon Advertiser published an interview with Lyn Paul ahead of her appearances in Blood Brothers at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Readers were reminded that Lyn's previous performances at Bath’s Theatre Royal included "performing at a special Gala Evening in 1990 and the pantomime Babes in the Wood with Roy Hudd in 1989."

 Western Daily Press, Thursday, 18th January 2018.

Show still captures everyone’s hearts
by Jackie Chappell

“The performances are spectacular, with Lyn Paul reprising the role she first played to such acclaim in 1997... Paul has a voice that can raise the roof and tug at the emotions, so no wonder she’s been dubbed 'the definitive Mrs. Johnstone'.”

 Wiltshire Times, Thursday, 18th January 2018.

Blood Brothers, Theatre Royal Bath
by Jo Bayne

Lyn Paul, one of the original New Seekers, presents a wonderfully empathetic and resilient character as she reprises her key role of Mrs. Johnstone, an impoverished Liverpool mother of numerous children, deserted by her husband and hounded by debt collectors. Her acting skills are equal to her formidable vocal talent.“

 Bristol Evening Post, Friday, 19th January 2018, pages 26-27.

Musical remains just as relevant as ever
by Alan King

"An outstanding cast is led by Lyn Paul... The finale, in which she leads the company in Tell Me It’s Not True brought the entire press-night audience to its feet."

 Daily Mirror, Friday, 26th January 2018, page 10.

Blood Brothers

A reminder in the Daily Mirror that Blood Brothers was in Belfast until 3rd February 2018.

"Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone that she epitomised in the West End. Lyn also starred in Bill Kenwright's tour of Cabaret with Will Young in 2013 and rose to fame as a member of the pop group New Seekers..."

 Bucks Free Press, Saturday, 27th January 2018.

‘Dazzling’ Blood Brothers musical takes to the stage
by Stephanie Wareham

A reminder in the Bucks Free Press that Blood Brothers would be coming to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury for five days in February.

"Critically acclaimed actress and singer Lyn Paul returns to the seminal role of Mrs. Johnstone, following her first performance back in 1997."

 Daily Express, Saturday, 27th January, page.

Where are they now... ? The New Seekers' Lyn Paul
by Neil Clark

Lyn Paul revealed what she'd been doing since leaving the New Seekers.

"I had a top 40 hit with It Oughta Sell A Million in 1975. But after I went solo I didn’t handle my career as well as I should have done. In the 80s and for most of 90s I kept trying to earn a living, playing in cabaret clubs.

Then in 1997 my life changed again..."

Read the full interview online at:

 Bristol Evening Post, Thursday, 8th February 2018, pages 18-19.

Weston Playhouse, Blood Brothers *****
by Les Gillam

"Lyn has been playing this role on and off for about 20 years and how it showed; she was brilliant, totally believable and watchable. From the opening bars of Tell Me It’s Not True all the way to the tear-jerking climax, she lived every moment and shared the emotion with us."

 Northern Echo, Thursday, 15th February 2018.

Blood Brothers
flows into Darlington

News of Blood Brothers, which was on its way to Darlington with Lyn Paul in the lead role. As it turned out, Lyn was ill with bronchitis and did not appear in Blood Brothers that week.

"Hailed as ‘The definitive Mrs. Johnstone’ (Manchester Evening News), Lyn has played the role on numerous UK tours and also starred as Mrs. Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012."

 Northern Echo, Thursday, 22nd February 2018.

Theatre Review: Blood Brothers, Darlington Hippodrome
by Dorothy Blundell

"Russell writes women with breath-taking accuracy (Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine) and here he lays bare the mental anguish of the boys’ birth mother Mrs. Johnstone. Outstanding in this role was Sarah Jane Buckley (Kathy Barnes in C4’s Hollyoaks) in place of Lyn Paul (voted the definitive Mrs. J) who was unwell. Buckley usually plays Mrs. Lyons, the adoptive mother, and her part was superbly taken by Sarah Rayner, another familiar BB hand."

 Peterborough Telegraph, Sunday, 25th February 2018.

Award-winning musical returning to Peterborough

"Lyn Paul - who played Mrs. Johnstone in the city two years ago - returns to the iconic role she has played many times in the West End."

 Edinburgh Evening News, Monday, 5th March 2018.

Did you hear the story of the Johnstone twins... ?
by Liam Rudden

Following her absence from the show with bronchitis, the news everyone wanted to hear: "Actress and singer Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs. Johnstone."

 The Scotsman, Saturday, 10th March 2018.

Theatre review: Blood Brothers ****
by Joyce McMillan

"Lyn Paul's wonderful voice soars through it all, singing out the joy and pain of mother-love with a passion that seems right for this Mother's Day weekend."

 Western Morning News, Friday, 30th March 2018, page 22.

‘I’ve had a very charmed career but Blood Brothers has to be the highlight’

An interview in which Lyn Paul explained how Bill Kenwright had changed her career by offering her the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers: “I was going up and down the country doing cabaret and Bill took me away from all that and I’ve never gone back. It changed my life and gave me a new career."

 i: The Paper For Today, Saturday, 7th April 2018, page 52.

Going Out

"Blood Brothers Queens Theatre, Barnstaple A touring production of Willy Russell's musical about twins separated at birth. Lyn Paul stars."

 i: The Paper For Today, Tuesday, 10th April 2018, page 39.

Theatre - The Cultural Highlights You Have To See

"HALL FOR CORNWALL, TRURO Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson's touring production of Willy Russell's musical about twins separated at birth, with Lyn Paul's wonderful voice soaring through it all, singing out the joy and pain of mother-love with a passion."

 Express & Star, Friday, 13th April 2018, page 35.

Stage roles like this are in my blood...

Another interview in which Lyn Paul explained how Bill Kenwright (and Carl Wayne) had changed her career by offering her the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers.

"I didn't know Bill although I knew Carl Wayne, who was the Narrator at that point, and he came to see me in a cabaret show I was in down the road from the Phoenix Theatre and he told me 'you know, you should go and audition for Mrs. Johnstone'."

The interview was also published in the Shropshire Star (13th April 2018, page 31).

 Birmingham Mail, Monday, 16th April 2018, page 26.

Your next 48 hours: Birmingham Hot List

"THEATRE Blood Brothers Willy Russell's moving musical about twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Starring Lyn Paul. Until Saturday, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. 01902 429 212"

 i: The Paper For Today, Tuesday, 17th April 2018, page 39.

If you only see one thing today

A day after Blood Brothers had arrived at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, the i newspaper reminded it's readers not to miss the show. "Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson's much-loved touring production of Willy Russell's musical about twins separated at birth, with Lyn Paul's wonderful voice soaring through it all, singing out the joy and pain of mother-love with a passion..."

 Express & Star, Wednesday, 18th April 2018, page 4.

So much more than a school play

"With her superb voice, Lyn Paul gives a wonderful performance as the impoverished mother Mrs. Johnston [sic]."

 Peterborough Telegraph, Friday, 20th April 2018.

Things to do in Peterborough this week

"Blood Brothers brings a taste of West End theatre to Peterborough on Monday... starring Lyn Paul in the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone."

 Peterborough Telegraph, Tuesday, 24th April 2018.

Review: Blood Brothers - Lyn Paul's last hurrah is not to be missed
by Brad Barnes

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame in the 1970s, shines brightly once again as Mrs. Johnstone... It is a role she is synonymous with and she holds nothing back. The songs are beautifully sung and the emotion in her face - and voice - in the final scenes particularly is incredible.

It is her last tour in the show and she is certainly going out with a bang."

 Peterborough Telegraph, Friday, 27th Aptil 2018.

Also this week

The Peterborough Telegraph reminded its readers that Blood Brothers, "affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical", was playing at The Broadway until 28th April.

 i: The Paper For Today, Monday, 30th April 2018, page 47.

Theatre - The Cultural Highlights You Have To See

As the Blood Brothers tour arrived at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, the i newspaper reminded its readers of "Lyn Paul's wonderful voice soaring through it all, singing out the joy and pain of mother-love with a passion."

 Ipswich Star, Thursday, 3rd May 2018, page 36.

9 things to do in the Ipswich area this week

Number 1 on the list: Blood Brothers: "stars Lyn Paul of New Seekers fame".

 Southern Daily Echo, Friday, 4th May 2018.

Blood Brothers comes to the Mayflower Theatre
by Catherine Collins

"Critically acclaimed actress and singer, Lyn Paul, returns to the seminal role of Mrs. Johnstone, following her first performance back in 1997."

 The News (Portsmouth), Wednesday, 9th May 2018.

REVIEW: Blood Brothers, at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

"The part of Mrs. Johnstone fits Lyn Paul's beautiful, powerful, acrobatic voice like a glove."

 Southern Daily Echo, Wednesday, 9th May 2018.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Blood Brothers, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
by Catherine Collins

"Lyn Paul is enthralling and emotional as she plays the desperate Mrs. Johnstone struggling to do her best for her children."

 Manchester Evening News, Friday, 11th May 2018, pages 2-3.

Welcome to the week ahead - what not to miss over the next seven days

"Lyn Paul reprises her role as the iconic Mrs. Johnstone, a part she first played in 1997."

 The Bolton News, Saturday, 12th May 2018.

'Time to hang up my pinny' Lyn Paul on leaving Blood Brothers after 21 years
by John Anson

An interview with Lyn Paul in which she talked about her decision to "part ways" with Mrs. Johnstone.

"I just felt it was about time I hung up my pinny and that somebody younger should be in the role,"

“It’s not just Mrs. J. I’ll be saying goodbye to but Bill Kenwright, the show’s producer and director Bob Thomson and all the people in the cast. The majority of them I have worked with for donkey years on and off, so it is going to be a wrench to know that it is never going to happen again.”

This interview was also published in the Lancashire Telegraph on the same day.

 i: The Paper For Today, Tuesday, 15th May 2018, page 39.

Theatre - The Cultural Highlights You Have To See

Another reminder from the i newspaper about "Lyn Paul's wonderful voice" as Blood Brothers arrived at the Palace Theatre, Manachester for the final fortnight of the UK Spring Tour.

 Warrington Guardian, Wednesday, 16th May 2018.

Blood Brothers is theatre at its best at Palace
by Gareth Dunning

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, is perfectly cast as the lead role Mrs. Johnstone... she is simply breathtaking and at her best."

 i: The Paper For Today, Thursday, 24th May 2018, page 39.

Arts Agenda - The Cultural Highlights You Have To See

As the Blood Brothers Spring tour drew to a close at the Palace Theatre, Manachester there was a final reminder from the i newspaper that the show was running until Saturday.

Although Lyn Paul did not join the Blood Brothers cast for the Autumn tour of the UK, the i newspaper continued to list the show on its 'cultural highlights' pages, with Lyn (incorrectly) named as the star of the show:

4th September 2018, page 39,
7th September 2018, pages 42-43,
11th September 2018, page 41,
15th September 2018, page 54,
21st September 2018, pages 42-43,
2nd October 2018, page 39,
4th October 2018, page 39,
8th October 2018, page 37,
24th October 2018, page 37,
7th November 2018, page 37,
16th November 2018, page 43,
23rd November 2018, page 51,
28th November 2018, page 37.

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