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News about Lyn

August 2018 Stepping Out!
May 2018 Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?
May 2018 The Last Farewell
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


Stepping Out!

Lyn Paul and her sister Nikki Belsher will be holding tap dancing classes at the Old Windsor Memorial Hall in Windsor from Monday, 3rd September.

Lyn and Nikki were i
nterviewed about the classes by Paul Coia on BBC Radio Berkshire on 9th August. If you missed the interview, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer until 8th September.

Read more in the Windsor & Eton Express.

Added: 19th August 2018



Won't ya let me take me on a sea cruise?

On 30th May 2018 Lyn Paul set sail from Tilbury on a seven-night cruise to the Norwegian fjords on board the recently-refurbished cruise liner Columbus.

Lyn provided the entertainment on board as the cruise sailed to Amsterdam, Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Flåm, Sognefjord and Bergen.

Added: 21st May 2018
Updated: 3rd August 2018



Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.


Blood Brothers - the final scene.



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The Last Farewell

On Saturday, 26th May Lyn Paul said her last farewell to Blood Brothers, taking to the stage as Mrs. Johnstone for the final time in her home town of Manchester.

Lyn announced the news on Twitter on 23rd April.

Tweet from Lyn Paul announcing that she would be playing the role of Mrs. Johnstone for the last time when the Blood Brothers tour ended its UK tour in Manchester.

Date added: 20th May 2018
Updated: 28th June 2018



More Blood Brothers, anyone?

Having re-joined the touring production of Blood Brothers in 2016, Lyn Paul returned for the rest of the 2017 UK tour and for the Spring Tour 2018.

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

Added: 29th May 2017
Updated: 28th June 2018



Blood Brothers, 2018 Spring Tour leaflet.

Blood Brothers, 2018 Spring Tour leaflet

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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.

“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, EdinburghGuide.com

"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... it's easy to see why she is asked back again and again." 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

"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." Brad Barnes, Peterborough Telegraph

"The lead role... is played superbly by Lyn Paul. Pathos, power and devotion are all portrayed by the actor of whom it has been said gives the definitive performance. She has an excellent voice that’s well suited to storytelling..." Mark Westall, Ipswich Star

"Paul’s vocals were phenomenal and refined (as you’d expect from someone who’s been playing the same role for over two decades now), and she had so much deliberate emotion behind every word and action, she was truly a joy to watch... Lyn’s planning on taking her final bow in this role in Manchester, so it’s definitely worth trying to get your tickets before she hangs up her apron for good." Polka-dot Pages

"Lyn Paul, voted the definitive Mrs Johnstone, was phenomenal throughout. Having first played the role back in 1997, she completely encompasses all that you’d hope from the struggling mother of many, just trying to keep her family happy in a desperate situation. I believed her character and loved her effortless singing – it was captivating!" **** Playhouse Pickings

"Lyn Paul is enthralling and emotional as she plays the desperate Mrs. Johnstone struggling to do her best for her children... in fact the whole cast were simply stunning." Catherine Collins, Southern Daily Echo

"Lyn Paul has been hailed as the definitive Mrs. Johnstone for years. Those of us seeing her for the first time in the role can instantly see why... Paul gives us a Mrs. Johnstone you just can’t help but warm to – not least because we all know what’s coming." Phil Hewitt, Chichester Observer

"Lyn Paul is the lynchpin and carries the show with superb vocals and the ability to present Mrs. Johnstone as far more than than a single mother. She is funny, heartfelt and the audience has genuine empathy for her plight. Russell’s writing means that you are on her side throughout. Paul is a definitive Mrs. J." Glenn Meads, ilovemanchester

“Taking on the lead role is Lyn Paul, who first stepped into Mrs Johnstone’s shoes back in 1997 when she made her musical theatre debut in the West End production. She makes for a compelling and impressive Mrs. Johnstone, with a depth of emotion that tugs on your heart strings, making you feel every ounce of her heartfelt pain.” ***** Opening Night

"Eternal, too, is the dominance of Lyn Paul in the leading role as Mrs Johnstone, the definitive actor for this part, playing it for the umpteenth time. And still a tour de force of emotion, humour , tragedy, and a voice that only matures with time." Stagey Lady

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, is perfectly cast as the lead role Mrs. Johnstone. Few superlatives can do her performance justice, she is simply breath-taking and at her best." Miranda Newey, Warrington Guardian

“Lyn Paul returns to the role of Mrs.Johnstone... As soon as she opens her mouth to let out a few lines of Tell Me It’s Not True during the production’s harrowing first scene, it’s obvious why she’s so renowned. The star brings an instant gravitas and essence of relatability to the show, enveloping the audience within the story being told from the jump, and refusing to let them go until its final moments.” Daniel Falconer, Female First

Updated: 21st May 2018


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New Seekers re-release

Two albums by the New Seekers were re-released on CD on 20th 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?

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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