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News about Lyn updated: May 2022
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Lyn Paul, photograph taken in 2019.

News about Lyn

May 2022 Perfect Harmony: The New Seekers Story
August 2021 Ten out of ten: Blood Brothers reviews
August 2021 Blood Brothers Opening Night Cancelled
July 2021 Blood Brothers Farewell Tour
April 2021 Preserved Forever!
January 2021 The Dove on DVD


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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers
The Musical

Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.

Blood Brothers - the final scene.


Blood Brothers Farewell Tour

Lyn Paul's farewell tour as "the definitive Mrs. Johnstone" in Blood Brothers resumed in Plymouth after a 17-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rehearsals began on 9th August and the show opened at the Theatre Royal on 14th August, a day later than originally planned. The tour came to an end at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on Saturday, 27th November.

Lyn performed at seven shows each week and did not appear at some matinee performances. The 2021 tour dates and venues are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE * Unforseen circumstances forced Lyn Paul to take time off from her farewell tour in Blood Brothers. Paula Tappenden played the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Newcastle; Amy Robbins played the role in Chester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth. PL1 2TR
13th - 21st August 2021

New Theatre, Oxford
George Street, Oxford. OX1 2AG
31st August - 4th September 2021

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire. SO15 1GE
7th - 11th September 2021

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Royal Centre, Theatre Square, Nottingham. NG1 5ND
14th - 18th September 2021

* Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 6BR
21st - 25th September 2021

* Storyhouse, Chester
Hunter Street, Chester. CH1 2AR
28th September - 2nd October 2021

* King's Theatre, Glasgow
297 Bath Street, Glasgow. G2 4JN
5th - 9th October 2021

* Edinburgh Playhouse
18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh. EH1 3AA
12th - 16th October 2021

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Morley Street, Bradford. BD7 1AJ
19th - 23rd October 2021

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Frankwell Quay, Frankwell, Shrewsbury. SY3 8FT
26th - 30th October 2021

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street, Birmingham. B5 4TB
2nd - 13th November 2021

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Regent Street, Cheltenham. GL50 1HQ
16th - 20th November 2021

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
The Ambassadors, The Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey. GU21 6GQ
23rd - 27th November 2021

Added: 28th July 2021
Updated: 15th December 2021

Blood Brothers
Opening Night Cancelled

Following the murder of five people, who were killed by Jake Davison in the Keyham area of Plymouth on Thursday, 12th August, the opening night performance of Blood Brothers at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth was cancelled.

Adrian Vinken, CEO of Theatre Royal Plymouth, issued the following statement:

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of those people who have lost their lives in Keyham last night, and to all those in our communities affected by this terrible tragedy.

In light of this news, all of this evening's performances are cancelled...

Theatre Royal Plymouth stands with the City and all of our communities at this difficult time. Our Union Jack flies at half-mast as a mark of respect."

Lyn Paul echoed his sentiments in a statement posted on Twitter: "Incredibly sad here in Plymouth after yesterday’s dreadful happenings. My heart goes out to all the families that are suffering and as a sign of respect our show this evening has been cancelled. 'Blood Brothers' stands with the City." (Twitter, 13th April 2021, 5:52pm)

Added: 14th August 2021

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

“Mickey's and Eddie's biological mother acts as the centre of the play and Paul brings constant warmth and charisma to the role that you can’t help but fall in love with. Making her sorrowful final rendition of Tell Me It’s Not True all the more tear-jerking as the story draws to its close.” Stuart Fieldhouse, Visit Cheltenham, 17th November 2021

“Of course, this could not be a Blood Brothers review without mentioning the legendary Lyn Paul who has played Mrs. Johnstone for over twenty years. Paul truly is the heart and soul of the production and, as she embarks on her last tour, will be greatly missed. Her renditions of Marilyn Monroe and Tell Me It’s Not True were heart-wrenching, making for phenomenal performances that truly encapsulated the idea of Mrs. Johnstone being a struggling, working-class single mother. The audience could tell just how much the role meant to the actress who was still in character, overcome with emotion right up until the curtains closed.” Tamzin Meyer, Redbrick, 4th November 2021

"Even though the show relies on brothers Mickey and Eddie, it is truly nothing without the powerhouse that is Lyn Paul playing Mrs. Johnstone. Paul is an incredible talent, a true star, and no novice to playing the matriarch of the family. This UK tour of Blood Brothers is her farewell tour to the character, so catch her while you can!" **** Ely King, Dress Circle, 3rd November 2021

"Lyn Paul delivers a stunning performance as the superstitious Mrs. Johnstone. Paul has reprised the role regularly over the last 20 years and is playing Mrs. Johnstone one final time for her farewell tour." Megan Howe, Express & Star, 3rd November 2021

"Lyn Paul makes a triumphant return to her role as Mrs Johnstone. Still carrying a love for the show that I saw in here since day one, she’s synonymous with Blood Brothers, and it’s always an utter joy to see her on stage." **** Becky Weaver

“Mrs. Johnstone is once again played by Lyn Paul. She has made the role her own since 1997 and is rightly considered the definitive Mrs. Johnstone. She is brilliant in the role, tough and loving as she struggles for survival, but this is her farewell tour – she will be a tough act to follow.” Sandra Callard, on: yorkshire magazine, October 2021

Blood Brothers veteran Lyn Paul returns as Mrs. Johnstone. A firm favourite in the role over many years she proves that she is still on top of her game with her powerful and controlled singing voice.” Jay Nuttall, The Reviews Hub, 20th October 2021

"It was a treat to see her one last time. Her lovely voice shines in the poignant Easy Terms and haunting showstopper Tell Me It's Not True, and she brings Scouse charm and wit to the role. The final scene was clearly emotional for all the cast, but especially so for Lyn, who is so synonymous with this show.” Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus, 20th October 2021

"Lyn Paul, in her farewell tour in the role of Mrs. Johnstone, brings plenty of power and emotion to the part of the abandoned mother struggling to m"ake ends meet…” Sharon Hodkin, Newark Advertiser, 16th September 2021

"Lyn Paul never gives less than her all to this challenging role but in her farewell tour she reaches even deeper to draw out every ounce of drama and pathos." Andy Smart, Nottingham Post, 16th September 2021, page 24

"Lyn Paul has played the troubled mother since 1997 in the West End, on various tours and has many, many performances under her belt. She is, quite rightly, reckoned to be the definitive Mrs. Johnstone. She must know every inch, nuance and idiosyncrasy of the play and its characters better than Willy Russell himself. This is her farewell tour but even as a more mature actress she absolutely nails it, especially with her singing...” David Cradduck, Winchester Today, 9th September 2021

"Having regularly reprised the role over the last 20 years, this is her farewell tour – and you could spot how much this means to her, her star power shines fiercely for all to see, her voice showing strength and vulnerability, standing out even among the sea of powerful theatre voices. Watching her perform feels quite remarkable." Ox In A Box, 2nd September 2021

"Lyn Paul is in fine voice as Mrs. Johnstone and portrays the long-suffering mother with great strength and sensitivity." Susan Creed, Henley Standard, 31st August 2021

"Lyn Paul is Mrs. Johnstone. She really is Mrs. Johnstone. The glue of the piece. Feisty and worn out; ‘Marilyn Munro’-esque and dowdy; a hard-working mum for whom ‘Easy Terms’ means a mass of kids, one-wheeled bikes and a never-ending cycle of catalogue purchases and repossession. Paul is a delight in this, her last outing in a role she has long made her own." Karen Bussell, British Theatre Guide

"The actor who certainly defied perceptions of ageing the most was Lyn Paul. Paul has been portraying Mrs. Johnstone since 1997; and with 2021 marking her final tour of Blood Brothers, it truly was a privilege to watch this fearless 72-year-old carry the auditorium with her heartfelt performance." Charlotte Davies, Redbrick, 25th August 2021

“The phenomenal Lyn Paul returns to reprise her role as Mrs. Johnstone in her farewell tour of the show; she made her debut in musical theatre in the West End as Mrs. Johnstone in 1997, and her talent is as powerfully unabated as ever. There was something utterly emotive about her stirring voice. This is no shock, of course, considering her magnificent career and her renown as ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’.” Jonah Zalick, One Plymouth, 21st August 2021

"Leading lady Lyn Paul effortlessly plays her part to perfection... " Andy Phillips, Western Morning News, 19th August 2021

"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

Updated: 16th September 2021

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Free To Be... You And Me (album cover).

Marlo Thomas
and Friends
Free To Be... You
And Me

(album cover)

The Dove (DVD cover).

The Dove
(DVD cover)

On Disc

Preserved Forever!

Over 48 years after its first release in November 1972, the album Free To Be... You And Me, including its title track performed by the New Seekers, has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

The album was chosen from around 900 public nominations, being hailed as "remarkable both as a snapshot of social change with regard to gender roles and expectations in the early 1970s and for the wide array of talent it assembled."

For more information visit the Library of Congress website.

Added: 3rd April 2021

The Dove on DVD

Almost 47 years after its cinema début, the film The Dove gets its first release on DVD and Blu-Ray on 5th April 2021.

Featuring a score by John Barry and a theme song, Sail The Summer Winds, performed by Lyn Paul, the film stars Joseph Bottoms as 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham, who sailed alone around the world in a 23-foot sloop named "The Dove".

For more information visit the Network website [].

Added: 24th January 2021
Updated: 27th January 2021

'Perfect Harmony: The New Seekers Story' by Neil Saint.

Perfect Harmony:
The New Seekers Story

by Neil Saint

In Print

Perfect Harmony

A new book Perfect Harmony: The New Seekers Story by Neil Saint was recently published by New Haven Publishing and is now available form booksellers and online retailers.

Presto Music

Added: 24th May 2022

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Who said that?


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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