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These pages provide details of newspaper articles, reviews and interviews featuring Lyn Paul or the New Seekers, which appeared in the UK press from the year 2020. Scroll down the page or select a year from the table below.


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In December 2019 it was announced that Lyn Paul's Farewell Tour as "the definitive Mrs. Johnstone" was to be extended. The 2020 tour began at the Theatre Royal in Brighton and was due to end at the Belgrade Theatre, Lichfield. However, following the Prime Minister's advice not to attend theatres, cinemas, pubs, restaurants and other social venues during the outbreak of Covid-19, the show was forced off the road after the performances at the Grimsby Auditorium.

 Grimsby Evening Telegraph, Friday, 10th January 2020, page 2.


Classic Blood Brothers coming back to town

The Grimsby Evening Telegraph brought the news that Blood Brothers was on its way back to the Grimsby Auditorium.

"It stars Lyn Paul, as Mrs. Johnstone. She returns for her farewell tour in the iconic role, which she first made her own in London's West End."

 i: The Paper For Today, Wednesday, 5th February 2020, page 37.


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A day after Blood Brothers had opened at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, the i newspaper reminded it's readers not to miss the show, repeating the glowing endorsement it had given Lyn many times before.

"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..."

The show was highlighted as the 'Pick of the day' on its last day in Brighton (Saturday, 8th February, page 41) and recommended again when it went to Richmond (Friday, 14th February, page 43).

 Horncastle News, Wednesday, 4th March 2020.


Smash hit musical returns to the Grimsby Auditorium stage

The Horncastle News announced that Blood Brothers would be "back at Grimsby Auditorium next week... Lyn Paul will return for her farewell tour in the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone, which she first made her own in London's West End."

The same news item also appeared in the Louth Leader and the Market Rasen Mail.

 Lichfield Mercury, Thursday, 5th March 2020, page 24.


Smash hit Blood Brothers at the Belgrade
by Eleanor Barraclough

Blood Brothers had been due to open at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Tuesday, 17th March. Heralding it's return "by popular demand", Eleanor Barraclough highlighted the fact that Lyn Paul would be starring in the role of Mrs. Johnstone "for the last time."

"Lyn has come to be known as 'the definitive Mrs. Johnstone', leading the company on numerous tours including the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012."

The same news item also appeared in the Tamworth Herald (5th March, page 44) and the Sutton Coldfield Observer (6th March, page 31).

 Coventry Telegraph, Friday, 6th March 2020, page 35.


Mrs. J. is me, Lyn's farewell to iconic role

The Coventry Telegraph borrowed quotes from an old interview with Lyn Paul to announce her return to the Belgrade Theatre. Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was a show that Coventry audiencse were never going to see.

"Sometimes, when people write a script, you look at it and think, "well, that's not how I would say it". But this is so perfectly written and so easy, it just flows, and I just feel that Mrs. J. is me, so it makes it very easy to play."

 Staffordshire What's On, March 2020, page 4.


Lyn Paul back in iconic stage role

"Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs. Johnstone when Willy Russell's 'play with music', Blood Brothers, stops off at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this month (Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 March). Blood Brothers then returns to the region to play Lichfield Garrick (Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 April)."

 Keighley News, Tuesday, 16th June 2020.


Gritty musical Blood Brothers set to return to Bradford this Autumn
by David Knights

The Keighley News reported that "Willy Russellís beloved musical Blood Brothers is set to return to Bradford this Autumn." The article did not say who would be starring as Mrs. Johnstone but was accompanied by two photos of Lyn Paul as Mrs. J. in a previous production.

 Keighley News, Tuesday, 1st September 2020.


Brothers head for Bradford
by David Knights

Announcing that Blood Brothers was now "set to return to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford during the Winter" the Keighley News printed a photo of Lyn Paul - "one of the most renowned leading ladies in Blood Brothers."

 Slough & South Bucks Observer, Saturday, 3rd October 2020.


BYGONES: Conker challenge is in full swing
by Naomi Herring

Naomi Herring turned back time to 1979 and took a look at some of the stories in the local news - among them the finals of the Slough and District Cubs conker challenge and a launch party at the Fulcrum, Slough for the Wizard of Oz.

"FORMER New Seekers pop singer, Lynn Paul [sic], helped ‘bang the drum’ for the Generation Theatre Group’s new production of the Wizard of Oz 41 years ago, when she posed for publicity photos."

 Express & Star (Wolverhampton), Monday, 7th December 2020, pages 20-21.


The joy, drama, love and tears on our favourite television street

Let's start at the very beginning. What better place to start? Lyn Paul got a mention in an article about Coronation Street, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary. The same article also appeared in the Shropshire Star.

"1960: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Coronation Street opens with a scene featuring two girls playing ball in the street; one of them, 11-year-old Lynda Belcher, went on to pop fame as Lyn Paul of The New Seekers. The opening had been hurriedly re-scripted after the cat which was supposed to have taken centre stage went missing just before the live show began."

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