West End and 60s pop star star Lyn Paul is to lead the cast in Blood Brothers at Blackpool Winter Gardens next year.
Following a sell-out autumn tour, the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers is touring across the UK in 2016 including dates at Blackpool Opera house from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 April.

No stranger to Blood Brothers, Lyn Paul makes a welcome return to the iconic role, one she first played in 1997. Lyn last played Mrs Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012. She has starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George’s musical Taboo and in Footloose – the Musical.
Lyn 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’, in which they came second and lead vocalist on the 1974 number-one hit ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’. Among the group’s other works, they recorded the song ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’, adapted from an advertising jingle for Coca-Cola, which sold more than 20 million copies and still remains one of the 100 best-selling singles in the UK.
Speaking about the casting Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams said: “We are delighted to hear Lyn Paul will be heading to Blackpool in Blood Brothers. The opera House has a long history with the show having welcomed it here a number of times and to be announcing a star of such standing is to be taking the all-important role of Mrs Johnstone is great.
“Whether you’ve never seen it or you’ve seen it 10 times, Blood Brothers never fails to impress audiences and we look forward to its return next April.”
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and 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 hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order 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. A sensational cast, incredible show stopping music, remarkable staging and five star performances make Blood Brothers an enthralling night of entertainment.
Further casting for Blood Brothers will be announced soon.
Tickets for Blood Brothers are on sale now. For more information go to www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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