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This section of the website provides news about Lyn Paul from the past 12 months. Scroll down the page or click on one of the links below.

News about Lyn updated: October 2020
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Professional enquiries (for theatre, television and film or for interviews) should be directed to Keddie Scott Associates - Fiona Keddie in the London office or Anthony Williams in the Manchester office.

Keddie Scott Associates, 31 Hatton Garden, London. EC1N 8DH

Fiona Keddie-Ord,
Managing Director

Email: london@keddiescott.com
Telephone: 0203 490 1050


Anthony Williams,
Senior Talent Agent

Email: north@keddiescott.com
Telephone: 01282 707 968

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Lyn Paul, photograph taken in 2019.

News about Lyn

September 2020 Stage-Ed Q&A
September 2020 I Ain't Going Home
September 2020 Kiss America Goodbye
August 2020 Gold
August 2020 Sun Seekers
July 2020 Retropopic Radio
June 2020 Sons And Daughters
April 2020 Keeping The Light On
March 2020 Blood Brothers Farewell Tour Interrupted
February 2020 Ten out of ten


Lyn Paul, 15th June 2020.

YouTube
 

Sons And Daughters

On 29th June 2020 Lyn Paul surprised the world with a new recording, Sons And Daughters. posted on YouTube by Lyn's long-time friend Teresa Franklin. This was followed in August by two more YouTube videos - Kiss America Goodbye and I Ain't Going Home. All three songs became Top 5 hits on the FAB Chart, an independently-run website highlighting "the best of the best" of new music posted online.




Kiss America Goodbye




I Ain't Going Home




Added: 29th June 2020
Updated: 29th September 2020



Radio and Podcast Interviews
 

Stage-Ed Q&A

On 27th August 2020 Lyn Paul joined Mike Southern and Stephen Palfreman on Zoom for a Blood Brothers Q&A.




Added: 29th September 2020

Retropopic Radio

On 17th April 2020 Lyn Paul recorded an interview with Neil Saint of Retropopic Radio. The recording was broadcast as two podcasts on 30th June. Listen by clicking on the links below.

RETROPOPIC 480
RETROPOPIC 481

Added: 1st July 2020

Keeping The Light On

On 8th April Lyn Paul recorded a podcast with Michael Bentley and Jonny Weston. Lyn talked about Blood Brothers, Taboo and auditioning for Mamma Mia! ... and much more.

Listen to the Keeping The Light On Podcast at M-XCLOUD.


Added: 17th April 2020


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Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.


Blood Brothers - the final scene.



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Blood Brothers Farewell Tour Interrupted

Lyn Paul's farewell tour as Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers was extended into 2020. Sadly, the coronovirus pandemic brought the show to a close in Grisby. The tour dates and venues were originally scheduled as follows:

4th - 8th February 2020
Theatre Royal, Brighton

11th - 15th February 2020
Richmond Theatre

18th - 29th February 2020
Bord Gais, Dublin *

3rd - 7th March 2020
Millenium Forum, Derry *

* Please note: the part of Mrs. Johnstone was played by Rebecca Storm in Dublin and Derry.

10th - 14th March 2020
Grimsby Auditorium

17th - 21st March 2020
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

24th - 28th March 2020
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

31st March - 4th April 2020
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

7th - 11th April 2020
Garrick Theatre, Lichfield


Tell Me It's Not True!

On Saturday, 26th May 2018 Lyn Paul said farewell to Blood Brothers, taking to the stage as Mrs. Johnstone for the final time in her home town of Manchester. On 9th May 2019, however, it was announced that Lyn had been asked to return for a Farewell Tour, beginning in Cork and ending at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.

6th - 24th August 2019
Opera House, Cork

27th - 31st August 2019
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

3rd - 14th September 2019
Liverpool Empire

17th - 28th September 2019
New Theatre, Cardiff

30th September - 12th October 2019
Birmingham Hippodrome

14th - 19th October 2019
Derby Theatre, Derby

22nd - 26th October 2019
New Theatre, Hull

28th October - 2nd November 2019
Grand Opera House York

5th - 9th November 2019
Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

12th - 16th November 2019
White Rock Theatre, Hastings

19th - 23rd November 2019
Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Extra shows added!

3rd - 7th December 2019
Sunderland Empire

10 - 14th December 2019
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Added: 15th May 2019
Updated: 28th March 2020


Lyn Paul and the 'Blood Brothers' cast in Cork, 6th August 2019.

Lyn Paul (far right)
pictured with members of the Blood Brothers cast in Cork.
"This lovely bunch are keeping me going!! Dress rehearsal tomorrow and opening night tomorrow evening."
(6th August 2019, 12:09am)


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Ten out of ten

"And how marvellous to hear Lyn Paul on her farewell tour, though how on Earth could anyone replace such an angelic voice?... She sang like a 20 year old girl and looked as though she could carry on for another 20 years!" Peter Mascall, Grimsby Live

"Paul sings with an emotional intensity that drives the show..." Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub

"Lyn Paul has played Mrs. Johnstone countless times yet makes the role beguilingly fresh. She is a real class act." Diana Eccleston, Sardines

“Giving the performance of her life, Lyn Paul is every inch the Scouse mother. She gives everything she has to the part and rides the emotional roller-coaster right the way through to the tear-jerkingly painful end. In possibly the most dramatic five minutes ever to have been written for a musical, her performance of Tell Me It’s Not True, brings the packed house to an incredibly emotional climax and, in recognition of such a magnificent performance, straight to its feet.” Paul Lucas-Scott, The Sussex Newspaper

"She had a strong, clear voice but with soft, raspy undertones... She has played the role for several stints since 1997 and her true understanding of the character shows." Rebecca Tuffin, Kent Online

"Lyn Paul triumphed in her return... At the Empire she was simply breathtaking... 10/10 - captivating and exceptional - it remains a must-see theatre experience." Malcolm Hindle, Champion

"For many the definitive Mrs. Johnstone, she delivers the big songs like Tell Me Itís Not True straight from the heart. Here her Mrs. J. is brittle and dignified, going from quiet hurt to unbearable anguish at her decision to give up one of her boys." Lorna Hughes, Liverpool Echo

“As Mrs. Johnstone, Paul gives a believable, easy, and emotive performance.” Alisha McCracken, The Reviews Hub

"Her massive contribution on this her farewell tour in the role is as faultless as ever. In each and every show she sheds real tears. That, in itself, sums up the incredible draw of a drama that will never age." Peter Grant, Wirral Globe

"Lyn Paul steals the show as the boys’ mother, carrying the majority of the musical numbers. Her voice is assured, controlled and expressive, imbued with greater character as the show runs on." Felix Jones, Buzz

"Lyn Paul provided the stand-out voice. The former New Seekers singer set the tone with opening song Marilyn Monroe and brought the house down with heartwrenching finale Tell Me It's Not True." Harry Leather, Express & Star

"The role of Mrs. Johnstone belongs to Lyn Paul. I've seen this show eight times, both in London and on tour and, whilst every actress I've seen pull that coat on has been outstanding, to me Lyn Paul epitomises the role and is, quite simply, world class. Maybe it's a sentiment that stems from this being Paul's final outing as the matriarch or maybe its pure, unadulterated love for the piece, but watching Lyn on stage this evening wasn't a case of watching an actress go through the motions. It was a feeling of moments of joy and humour mixed with those of sheer devastation, especially during the final number." Dan Richards, Black Country Radio

"She is excellent and stands out in a cast that is talented but fairly inexperienced." Bromsgrove Standard

"Lyn Paul's portrayal of single mum Mrs. Johnstone is incredibly authentic and our heart really bleeds for her, especially during... Easy Terms, Marilyn Monroe and Tell Me It's Not True." Stephanie Balloo, Birmingham Mail

"Lyn is the actor that I have seen more than any other in this role, and for me will always be my favourite Mrs. Johnstone. She pours every ounce of emotion into her performance, even after all the time she has played this role." Kev Castle Theatre Reviews

"I do have to give a special shout out to Alexander Patmore as Mickey, and Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone... At the age of 70, she seems as spritely as ever and has a remarkable voice." Karl Hornsey, On: Yorkshire Magazine

"Lyn Paul’s singing voice was so tuneful, loud, clear and full of emotion at times, I could have listened to her all night." Jackie Foottit, North West End

"Blood Brothers continues its triumphant circuit on our stages with Lyn Paul reinstated as Mrs. Johnstone for one last time. Paul, voted ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’, proves wholeheartedly that the accolade is entirely deserved and then some." ***** Eliza Hayward, Always Time For Theatre

"At the heart of the drama is the twins’ mother, Mrs. Johnstone, played for the final time by Lyn Paul, of the 1970s’ New Seekers, who’s still got a great voice and conveys so powerfully the permanent anguish of having given up her child." Mike Laycock, York Press

"A powerful and emotional performance..." Dan English, The Reviews Hub

“The role seems second nature to Paul who’s [sic] authentic portrayal of a struggling mum pulls on heartstrings...” Poppy Kennedy, Sunderland Echo

Updated: 15th February 2020


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New Seekers, 'Gold' (LP cover).

On Disc
 

Gold

Released simultaneously on vinyl and as a 3-CD set, Gold is a compilation of original recordings by the New Seekers. The 14-track vinyl version features their greatest hits while the 3-CD set includes the A-sdes and B-sides of all their UK singles, with the exception of their 1985 Christmas single Let The Bells Ring Out Forever.

Note: a handful of the tracks on CD 1 were recorded before Lyn Paul joined the New Seekers. The last two tracks on CD2 and all of the tracks on CD 3 were recorded after Lyn had left the group.

Vinyl Album

Side 1: What Have They Done To My Song, Ma | Never Ending Song Of Love | I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) | Beg, Steal Or Borrow | Circles | Come Softly To Me | Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me

Side 2: Neverth
eless (I'm In Love With You) | Goodbye Is Just Another Word | You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me | I Get A Little Sentimental Over You | It's So Nice | I Wanna Go Back | Anthem

Catalogue Number: DEMREC714

3-CD Set

CD 1: Meet My Lord | Zarzis | What Have They Done To My Song, Ma | It's A Beautiful Day | When There's No Love Left | Shine People Shine | Nickel Song | All Right My Love | Never Ending Song Of Love | Cincinnati | Good Old Fashioned Music | Sweet Louise | I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) | Boom Town | Beg, Steal Or Borrow | One By One | Circles | Mystic Queen | For You We Sing

CD 2: Come Softly To Me | Idaho | Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me | Time Limit | Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) | Goodbye Is Just Another Word | Me And My Guitar | We've Got To Do It Now | Look Look | Crying In The Rain | A Woman Grows | You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me | Song For You And Me | I Get A Little Sentimental Over You | Ride A Horse | Sing Hallelujah | Unwithered Rose | It's So Nice (To Have You Home) | Hey Look High

CD 3: I Wanna Go Back | The World Belongs To Me | Give Me Love Your Way | You Never Can Tell | Flashback | The Singer | Do You Wanna Make Love | Anthem | I've Got Your Number | You Needed Me | Alladin | Don't Stop The Music | Love Is A Song | Collision Of Love | Tell Me | What've You Got To Lose | California Nights | One Step Closer To Heaven

Catalogue Number: CRIMCD673 (CD)

Added: 7th August 2020
Updated: 25th September 2020

 
Photo Album
 

Sun Seekers

In July Lyn Paul went on holiday with her husband Alan and her son Ryan. Here's a snap of Lyn and Ryan enjoying the Summer sun.

Lyn Paul pictured on holiday with her son, Ryan Young.


Added: 8th October 2020

 
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Who said that?

Today

Yesterday is a cancelled cheque; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely.
Kay Lyons

O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come!
William Shakespeare, 'Julius Caesar' (Act V, Scene I)

What next?

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
Niels Bohr

I have learned to live each day as it comes and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.
Dorothy Dix, 'Her Book'

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Albert Einstein

The future is hidden even from the men who made it.
Anatole France

There are two options: adapt or die.
Andrew S. Grove

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
Charles Franklin Kettering

It is not wise to look too far ahead; our powers of prediction are slight, our command over results infinitesimal.
John Maynard Keynes

What we call our future is the shadow which our past throws in front of us.
Marcel Proust

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.
William Shakespeare, 'The Merchant Of Venice' (Act I, Scene II)

Where next?

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
John Burroughs

It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts.
Ella Fitzgerald


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