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Hit musical Blood Brothers makes return to Nottingham Theatre Royal

One of the iconic stars of the smash-hit musical Blood Brothers is bidding farewell to the role she has made her own after the latest UK tour.

Lyn Paul is playing Mrs Johnstone in her final tour ­—a role in which she first featured in London’s West End.

Blood Brothers returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from Tuesday to a week on Saturday.

Bllod Brothers UK tour. Photo:-Robert Day (50866227)
Bllod Brothers UK tour. Photo:-Robert Day (50866227)

It tells the moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.

When Mrs Johnstone is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper to make ends meet.

It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again ­— this time with twins. In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.

Bllod Brothers UK tour. Photo:-Robert Day (50866225)
Bllod Brothers UK tour. Photo:-Robert Day (50866225)

Lyn Paul first rose to fame in the early 1970s as a member of the New Seekers, whose hit I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing sold over 20m copies.

Joel Benedict plays Eddie and Alex Patmore is Mickey. The narrator will be played by Robbie Scotcher.

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, few musicals have been received with such acclaim as this multi-award-winning Blood Brothers.

Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

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