Smash-hit musical still popular after 30 years
The musical Blood Brothers is marking its 30th anniversary with a UK tour. It will be at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, from Tuesday, November 21 to Saturday, November 25.
Returning to the role of Mrs Johnstone is Lyn Paul, who first played the down-trodden mother in 1997.
Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, Blood Brothers has won four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.
Blood Brothers tells the moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.
The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally-charged Tell Me It’s Not True.
Lyn Paul rose to fame in the early 1970s as a member of the New Seekers. She was the featured vocalist on their 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry Beg, Steal Or Borrow, with which they came second, and lead vocalist on the 1974 number one hit You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me.
She played Mrs Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.
Musical theatre regular Dean Chisnall returns to the role of the Narrator. He has performed in a number of musicals including Shrek the Musical (West End and UK tour), Love Never Dies, Never Forget, Evita and The Woman in White.
Sean Jones reprises his role as Mickey, a role he has performed in the West End, including as part of the final cast at the Phoenix Theatre.
Blood Brothers ran in the West End for 24 years, exceeding 10,000 performances — one of only three musicals to do so.