The Albemarle tickets website included reviews of the Blood Brothers 10th anniversary show from the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, the Independent and The Times newspapers..
Associated Capital Theatres (ACT)
The Associated Capital Theatres website [now no longer in existence] included information about the Phoenix Theatre and the West End production of Blood Brothers. It featured a photograph of Lyn Paul (Mrs. Johnstone) and Andy Snowden (Mickey).
In February 2001 the Ambassadors Theatre Group bought Associated Capital Theatres for £18 million. You can visit the ATG website at: www.theambassadors.com
The BBC Liverpool website reviewed Lyn Paul's performance in Blood Brothers at the Empire Theatre in April 2002.
Monday, 8th - Saturday, 20th April 2002
Review by: Greer McNally
"Among the talented ensemble there are several standout performances.
Lyn Paul, as Mrs. Johnstone, delivers up her songs filled with the wrought emotion of a mother torn by a choice, she spends a lifetime regretting. Her role as the single parent raising a large family is a painful but familiar one and she plays it well."
A "must visit" website fans of Blood Brothers.Includes an interview with Lyn Paul.
Bill Kenwright produced the West End production of Blood Brothers which opened at the Albery Theatre on 28th July 1988 and which transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in 1991.
Lyn Paul on Bill Kenwright in 1997:
"I am so grateful because ... I have auditioned for musicals before and nobody would give me a chance ... but Bill Kenwright, God love him, is the only person who's said 'Go on!' and he's taken a gamble ... So I'll be eternally grateful to him."
(Radio interview, 1997)
Lyn Paul was a cover star of Musical Stages, Issue 17. Lyn was also featured in an online review of Blood Brothers.
Phoenix Theatre, 28th July 1998
Review by Christopher George
"Lyn Paul, as Mrs. Johnstone, has joined after playing the role in the national tour, and she is perfect in the part. Her singing voice is just right, and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real. Her laugh when Mickey and Eddie went off to see Nymphomaniac Nights and Swedish Au-pairs could have been genuine, and if it wasn't, her tears during Tell Me It's Not True certainly were."
Book tickets for Blood Brothers at this website. There's also information about the show, including current and past mebers of the cast.
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
14th July - 2nd August 1997
Review by David Thomas
"But the revelation is Lyn Paul as the long suffering mother, Mrs. Johnstone, who keeps battling and is ever optimistic that she can make something of her life. Forget the fact that Lyn was once a pop singer and part of the New Seekers. Here she proves herself to be a great theatrical performer too. She is every bit as good as others who have played this part (and as they have included Barbara Dickson and Kiki Dee that is saying something). She sings and acts so well that I am surprised that she has not appeared more often in musicals."
Festival Theatre, Malvern
Reviewed by: Rebecca Vines
"As the mother who reluctantly gives up one of her sons so that he can enjoy a better life, Lyn Paul gives what can only be described as a towering performance. The power and innate sensitivity in her singing is simply mind-blowing and her rendition of Tell Me It's Not True should haunt the audience for years to come."
Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre
Review by Steven Liddle
"Lyn Paul once sang with the New Seekers. 25 years on in Blood Brothers, she displays a vocal maturity and dramatic talent which make you wonder why she delayed her appearance in stage musicals until now. She puts heart and soul into the role of Mrs. Johnstone, creating a character who is (almost literally) brim full of life - vivacious in her youth, tender and indulgent with her children (you really can believe a child would call round to chat to her), resilient in the face of adversity yet uncertain she is doing the right thing."
To locate the Blood Brothers review on the Whatsonstage.com website select Reviews - West End from the Menu on the left of the screen. You will be taken to a new page listing current West End shows, including Blood Brothers. Select Full Review.
The "Official-Unofficial" website dedicated to the multi-talented playwright, musician and novelist - Willy Russell.