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March 2018 New Seekers re-release
October 2017 More Blood Brothers, anyone?
September 2017 Four and five stars all the way
November 2017 Live at Five
July 2017 Happy Birthday!
July 2017 Tell Me It's Not True
April 2017 Magic at the Musicals

Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.

Blood Brothers - the final scene.


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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers
The Musical


More Blood Brothers, anyone?

Following the success of the recent Blood Brothers tours, Lyn Paul agreed to return for the rest of the 2017 UK tour and for the Spring Tour 2018. Book now, tickets are selling fast!

Blood Brothers Spring Tour 2018

Tuesday, 16th - Saturday, 20th January 2018
Theatre Royal, Bath
Tel: 01225 448844

Tuesday, 23rd January - Saturday, 3rd February 2018
Grand Opera House, Belfast
Tel: 028 9024 1919

Tuesday, 6th - Saturday, 10th February 2018
Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
Tel: 01934 645544

Tuesday, 13th - Saturday, 17th February 2018
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Tel: 0333 009 5394

Tuesday, 20th - Saturday, 24th February 2018
Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington
Tel: 01325 405405

Monday, 5th - Saturday, 10th March 2018
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tel: 0800 912 6971

Monday, 12th - Saturday, 17th March 2018
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Tel: 01242 572573

Monday, 19th - Saturday, 24th March 2018
New Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
Tel: 01745 330000

Monday, 26th - Saturday, 31st March 2018
The Sands Centre, Carlisle Sands
Tel: 01228 633766

Tuesday, 3rd - Saturday, 7th April 2018
Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
Tel: 01271 316063

Monday, 9th - Saturday, 14th April 2018
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Tel: 01872 262466

Monday, 16th - Saturday, 21st April 2018
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Tel: 01902 429212

Monday, 23rd - Saturday, 28th April 2018
Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
Tel: 01733 306071

Monday, 30th April - Saturday, 5th May 2018
Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Tel: 01473 433100

Tuesday, 8th - Saturday, 12th May 2018
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Tel: 02380 711811

Tuesday, 15th May - Saturday, 26th May 2018
Palace Theatre, Manchester
Tel: 0844 8713019

Blood Brothers Autumn Tour 2017

Tuesday, 29th August - Saturday, 2nd September 2017
G Live, Guildford
Tel: 01483 369350

Tuesday, 5th - Saturday, 16th September 2017
Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Tel: 0844 871 7648

Monday, 18th - Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Theatre Royal, Norwich
Tel: 01753 853 888

Monday, 25th - Saturday, 30th September 2017
New Theatre, Cardiff
Tel: 0292087 8889

Monday, 2nd - Saturday, 7th October 2017
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tel: 0844 871 7652

Monday, 9th - Saturday, 14th October 2017
Story House, Chester
Tel: 01244 409113

Monday, 16th - Saturday, 21st October 2017
De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Tel: 0116 233 3111

Monday, 23rd - Saturday, 28th October 2017
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfirmline
Tel: 01383 740384

Please note: due to illness, Lyn Paul did not take the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Leicester or Dunfirmline.

Monday, 30th October - Saturday, 4th November 2017
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Tel: 01274 432000

Monday, 6th - Saturday, 11th November 2017
Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tel: 01604 624811

Tuesday, 21st - Saturday, 25th November 2017
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Tel: 0115 989 5555

27th November - Saturday, 2nd December 2017
Empire Theatre, Sunderland
Tel: 0844 871 3022

Added: 29th May 2017
Updated: 3rd January 2018

Bristol Hippodrome, April 2017.

Bristol Hippodrome

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Four and five stars all the way!

There were rave reviews for Lyn Paul and the cast of the Blood Brothers in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 UK tour got off to an equally good start.

"Then of course, there’s the marvellous Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone. This is a performance that is brimming with truth, knowing and just pure talent. Paul manages to exude buckets of motherly love that you can feel right out into a massive auditorium. By the end, you really can see the palid face of a bereft mother. Perfection." **** Douglas Mayo,

"There is not a weak moment nor a weak member of the cast in this current production and there are several outstanding performances, not least Lyn Paul who is utterly convincing as Mrs. Johnstone, the tough, unsentimental and ever-loving mother forced by poverty to give up one of her twins... " Surrey & Hants News

"Lyn Paul as protagonist Mrs. Johnstone, was just fantastic. She's in her late 60s and she first played Mrs. Johnstone in 1997. 20 years later, she's still amazing and what a voice. A brilliant actress too, she was perfect." **** Beth Duffell, getSURREY

"Mrs. Johnstone, achingly portrayed by Lyn Paul, is a woman torn by circumstances, witty, resilient, mixing superstition with religion, doing her best, despite making poor decisions under the stresses of poverty." Alan Payne, Derbyshire Times

"Lyn’s heartfelt emotion is raw and sincere, with her ending up in genuine tears when tragedy strikes in the final scene." Claire Lewis, The Star

"Stand-out performances came from Lyn Paul (Mrs. Johnstone) and Sarah Jane Buckley (Mrs. Lyons)." Jade Grassby, Daily Echo

"Few superlatives are adequate for Lyn Paul's performance as the twins' mother." Marilyn Barber, Blackmore Vale Magazine

"Here she is again... 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." Jeremy Brien, The Stage

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, played the part of Mrs. Johnstone and her voice was breathtakingly beautiful and clear. She’s a truly stunning lady who commands your full attention with her mesmerising stage presence." Kelly Jobanputra, swindonweb

"With such a terrific cast it’s nigh on impossible to single out a performer but Lyn Paul and Sean Jones performances as Mrs. Johnston and her son, Micky, will stay with me for a long time." Terry Adlam, Maidenhead Advertiser

" Audiences at the Hippodrome were treated to Lyn Paul in the maternal role, voted the definitive Mrs. Johnstone and a veteran in the role. With a voice that offers effortless power, she offers the emotional depth required for the role." Anna Kilcooley,, Visit Bristol

"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." Pip Larkin, Western Daily Press

"Lyn Paul is simply remarkable. Playing Mrs. Johnstone from a carefree girl, full of dreams, through to the mother of grown up children, burdened with the sadness and regret of her earlier choices, is done to perfection. She lights the stage with her presence and effortless appeal." Siobhan Bridgwater, What's good to do

"Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) has previously been voted the definitive Mrs J - 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." Nigel Wilson, Worcester News

"The relationship between Mickey (Sean Jones) an errant schoolboy, turned jealous former convict, Eddie (Mark Hutchinson), his privileged brother and their mother (Lyn Paul) is beautifully portrayed." Peter Walsh, Eastern Daily Press

"The audience takes away a more powerful message about nurture over nature, and the heartbreaking injustice of the class system... as relevant today as it was when the show debuted three decades ago, and a message faultlessly delivered by a talented cast – notably New Seekers singer Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone..." Andrew Weltch, Rhiwbina.Info

"Lyn Paul instantly steals each scene as single mother, Mrs. Johnstone. Vocally strong, her voice fills the room, and it is guaranteed that goosebumps will be setting up camp on your arm in seconds." Georgina Aindow, Cardiff Times

"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. " Samantha Newman, South Wales Argus

"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 Mrs. Johnstone." Chris Williams, Western Mail

"Lyn Paul takes a convincing lead role as the twins’ mother Mrs. Johnstone... and brings a real power to her performance." Chris Gregg, AboutMiltonKeynes

"Mrs. Johnstone is played by Lyn Paul and she is outstanding in the role.  Her portrayal of a mother standing by her children reached every parent in the audience.  Her voice is exceptional and this role feels perfect for her and is the glue that holds this show together.” Jasmine Storm

"Lyn Paul was superb as Mrs. Johnstone. Her voice is still amazing and her acting was spellbinding." Hannah Richardson. Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser

“Lyn Paul is simply superb as Mrs. J - her acting and singing faultless.” Peter Grant, Wirral Globe

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

"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." Alan Kee, Yorkshire Post

"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." Laura Harness, Keighley News

“The touring cast... is headed by Lyn Paul in the key role of Mrs. Johnstone and she captures the fun, the deep emotion and the tragedy to perfection.” Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser

"The ex-New Seekers songstress wrings every ounce of emotion from the part she first played 20 years ago and she continues to defy the passing years. Inevitably, at some point producer Bill Kenwright is going to have to find a new Mrs. Johnstone, but they will be mighty big shoes to fill." Andy Smart, Nottingham Post

"Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone... 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." Matt Westcott, Northern Echo

"And entertainer-in-chief was the matriarchal figure of Lyn Paul, a member of the chart-topping pop group the New Seekers in the early 1970s, and now 68, still with a pure, note-perfect voice." Paul Larkin, Northumberland Gazette

"Hailed as ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’, she’s returned to the role 20 years after her debut to mark the production’s 30th anniversary and boy did she live up to her star billing." Katy Wheeler, Sunderland Echo

2018 Reviews

“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'.” Jackie Chappell, Western Daily Press

“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.“ Jo Bayne, Wiltshire Times

"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." ***** Alan King, Bristol Evening Post

"But it’s Lyn Paul as the tragic but feisty Mrs. Johnston who steals the show, as the contemporary version of the not-so-old woman who lives in a shoe. Her singing voice is made for soaring, and her empathy for her character is second to none; it’s easy to see why fans including the show’s producer and director Bill Kenwright are happy for her to be crowned ‘the definitive Mrs Johnstone’ despite tough competition from Barbara Dickson (the original Mrs J), Linda Nolan, and Carole King (in the Broadway production)." Melissa Blease, The Bath Magazine

“But the one who stole the show for many in the audience was Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone... Lyn is a revelation... The raw emotion she brings to the stage gave me goosebumps, and that voice is incredible. You feel everything with her, every ache in her heart as she looks at the son she gave away.” Sarah Scott, Belfast Live

"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." ***** Les Gillam, Bristol Evening Post

"Initially I thought Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone was too old for the role, as she certainly wasn’t 25; yet quickly I couldn’t help but love her, almost with as much love as she had for her kids... From the standing ovation (it’s a hard task to get Aylesbury on their feet) and Lyn Paul crying on stage whilst taking a bow it was clear that this story is so strong it reaches out and touches everyone’s heart – however one word of advice, bring tissues!" Lara Wadey, Reviews, Blogs and Thoughts

"At the end of this magnificent show I thought I caught Lyn Paul wiping a tear from her eye as she gave her powerful finale. If she did, believe me, she wasn’t the only one as a hugely appreciative Edinburgh audience gave the cast a richly deserved standing ovation." **** The Edinburgh Reporter

"The leading lady, Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) goes from young mum to downtrodden single parent abandoned with five children and one on the way... she has the voice and the role off to a tee." **** Gordon Clayton,

"The audience is in the company of the tremendous talents of Lyn Paul, the essence of Mrs. Johnstone. Paul’s maternal responsiveness eases us in. If by the end of this evening, there is not but a faint mist in your eye, Paul’s rendition of Tell Me it’s Not True should draw it out. Combining vocal talents with her character, Paul offers an excellently human performance." **** Dominic Corr, the wee REVIEW

"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." **** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"I’ll start with the star. It was a joy to see an older woman leading the cast as the protagonist. Lyn Paul, famous for her time in the band New Seekers, has recently been crowned the ‘definitive Mrs. Johnstone’, and it’s not hard to see why. Watching her age on stage as her tale is unravelled was incredibly realistic. From her acting and movement to the costume and hair and make up, it was spot-on and freakishly accurate. Her voice smashed the high notes and her emotional complexity ran deep. From the moment she stepped on stage, to wiping away her tears as they all took their bows, she commanded the stage with ease, stealing your hearts in exchange for giving up her child." View From The Cheap Seats

"Mrs. Johnstone was played by Lyn Paul and although I loved Maureen Nolan‘s performance, I did prefer last night’s performance by Lyn." Blazing Minds

"The emotionally charged role of Mrs. Johnstone is played to perfection by 70s pop star Lyn Paul. You can’t help but be touched as you watch her struggling to deal with the pain as she watches her child grow up, so near, but yet so far away." ***** Joanne Roberts, Daily Post

"Audiences were treated to a dramatic tour-de-force at Rhyl’s Pavilion Theatre on Monday... Lyn Paul is truly outstanding as Mrs. Johnstone... and had the audience reaching for their tissues." Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal

"The role of Mrs Johnstone - and in fact the entire touring production - belongs to Lyn. I've seen this show seven 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." Dan Richards, Black Country Radio

"With her superb voice, Lyn Paul gives a wonderful performance as the impoverished mother Mrs. Johnstone, whose indomitable spirit is buffeted by misfortune." Sarah Moran, Express & Star

Updated: 17th April 2018

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Lyn Paul and her dad, Dennis Belcher photographed on his 90th birthday.

Lyn Paul
pictured with her dad
Dennis Belcher
on his 90th birthday.

Happy Birthday!

On 22nd July 2017 Lyn Paul's father, Dennis Belcher, celebrated his 90th birthday.

Lyn and other members of the family joined him to celebrate the occasion.

Pictured (left to right): Dennis Belcher, Lyn Paul and Ryan Young.

Three generations:
Lyn Paul (centre) with her father Dennis (left), and her son Ryan (right).

Added: 24th July 2017

Tell Me It's Not True

18th July is a special date for Blood Brothers' fans, as it's the "birthday" of the Johnstone twins - Eddie and Mickey. The date became extra special this year when Lyn Paul joined Joe McElderry on stage at the Liverpool Empire for a special performance of Tell Me It's Not True.

Two days later Lyn Tweeted:
"On Tuesday I sang in Liverpool with @joemcelderry91. What an amazing experience and I was made to feel so welcome by everyone! Thank you!!!" (20th July 2017, 10.05am)

Watch Lyn's and Joe's performance on YouTube:

Added: 24th July 2017

Magic at the Musicals

On Thursday, 4th May Lyn Paul was one of the stars on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for Magic at the Musicals.

The show was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Ruthie Henshall and featured a 60-piece orchestra and performances by leading cast members from Dreamgirls, On The Town, La Cage Aux Folles, Evita, The Wedding Singer, Disney’s The Lion King, SCHOOL OF ROCK!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Disney’s Aladdin, Blood Brothers, MAMMA MIA!, The Wind in the Willows and Kinky Boots.

Added: 25th April 2017

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Cherry Red

On Disc

New Seekers re-release

Two albums by the New Seekers were re-released on CD on 13th April 2018. Together, which was originally released in March 1974 before the group split up, has been paired with the Farewell Album, originally released in August of the same year after the five members had gone their separate ways.

Together includes the New Seekers' last two Top 5 hits, You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You, both of which feature Lyn Paul on lead vocal .The CD re-release includes the B-sides of those singles as bonus tracks, along with two previous single releases - Goodbye Is Just Another Word and We've Got To Do It Now - as well as two solo tracks by Peter Doyle, who had left the group in the Summer of '73.

'Together / Farewell Album' (CD cover).

CD 1: Together
Friends Medley: Friends / With A Little Help From My Friends | You're The One | Cryin' Time | The Greatest Song I've Ever Heard | I Get A Little Sentimental Over You | Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show | You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me | Melting Pot | Fire And Rain Medley: Fire & Rain / My Sweet Lord / Day By Day | Here, There And Everywhere | Brand New Day | Come On World | Vado Via | Dedicated To The One I Love
Bonus Tracks: Goodbye Is Just Another Word | We've Got To Do It Now | Song For You And Me | Down By The River

Side 2: Farewell Album
Sing Hallelujah | Inspiration | All I Wanna Do | Everybody's Song | Somebody Warm Like Me | Old Fashioned Song | All Pull Together Kind Of World | Love And Sunshine | Perfect Love | I Wanna Be The Star Of The Show | Sad Song | Oh My Joe
Bonus Tracks: Me And My Guitar | Ride A Horse | Rusty Hands Of Time | And So In Life

Catalogue Number: GLAMCDD 168
Released: 13th April 2018

Added: 29th February 2018
Updated: 20th April 2018

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On Television

Live at Five

On Monday, 11th September 2017 Lyn Paul was interviewed on Live at Five (STV) about Blood Brothers, which was playing at Glasgow's Kings Theatre (5th-16th September).

"It’s about two mothers - one rich, one poor. The rich mother can’t have any children, the poor mother has far too many - seven - and is expecting twins… It’s actually amazingly funny - incredibly funny because, of course, it’s Willy Russell - but it’s tragic at the end, very tragic. It’s a wonderful story."

"It stands the test of time… It will still be relevant in 50 years. Everybody that comes can relate to something that’s going on in the show.... Personally, I can relate to a lot that goes on in the show. I mean, I am that northern mother. I don’t have seven children but I am that northern mother!"

Lyn talked about the moments before going on stage: "I get nervous. I get very, very nervous… but the minute the music starts you can not help but just throw yourself straight into it."

She also talked about the audience reaction to the show and the nightly standing ovations: "From the moment that you walk on they’re actually totally involved, totally in the moment, which is lovely for us... We don’t give them a chance to clap... At the very end I think they’re desperate to show that actually they did enjoy it."

Added: 4th November 2017

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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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