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Lyn Paul stars in hit musical Blook Brothers

PUBLISHED: 11:42 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 04 July 2016

Blood Brothers has been hailed as one of the best musicals of all time

Blood Brothers has been hailed as one of the best musicals of all time

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The show has been hailed as one of the greatest ever musicals

Hit musical Blood Brothers, frequently hailed as one of the greatest of all time, is coming to Dartford this autumn.

The production will feature Lyn Paul, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the New Seekers, taking on the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone.

Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

Deserted by her husband and left to provide for her seven children, Mrs Johnstone takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.

However, she soon finds herself pregnant again, this time with twins, and enters a pact with her employer that leads to the show’s shattering climax.

Ms Paul featured on the New Seekers’ 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry, Beg, Steal or Borrow, which took second place.

She was lead vocalist on their 1974 number-one hit You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me, and also performed on their version of I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.

Ms Paul first played Mrs Johnstone in 1997, and has also starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George’s musical Taboo and in Footloose - the Musical.

Written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, Blood Brothers has been a global smash, winning four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.

Its memorable score includes songs such as A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

The musical ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances - one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

Mr Russell is one of the UK’s leading contemporary dramatists, and his credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, both of which were later made into films.

The show will run at The Orchard Theatre from Monday, November 21 to Saturday, November 26, with tickets available on 01322 220000.

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