Nolan star eyes home comforts

Maureen Nolan in Blood Brothers.
Maureen Nolan in Blood Brothers.
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Maureen Nolan cannot wait to star in a smash-hit musical on her own doorstep.

But her joy at starring in Blood Brothers at the Opera House is tempered by the fact that her sister Bernadette, who died earlier in the year, won’t be there to see her.

Maureen, 59, who will play the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blackpool in October, said: “I live in the town and I know I’ll have hundreds of friends and family in the audience at the show, but not Bernie.

“I don’t think I’ll ever believe she has gone and I will miss her forever.

“She was a fantastic, vibrant personality, a great support to me and one of my best friends, and I miss her terribly.

“But her attitude to life was either slit your wrists or get on with things, so we are getting on with it in honour of her.”

Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers premiered in Liverpool in 1983 before transferring to London’s West End for a 24-year run.

Bernadette is one of three other Nolan sisters who have previously played the role of Mrs Johnstone – the mother of twin boys separated at birth.

“It’s my favourite role ever and I’ve been playing her on and off since 2005,” said Maureen.

“I sing about eight songs and it’s a great part – great drama, humour and tragedy.

“I’ve not played the Opera House for years and I can’t wait to go back.”

The show runs at the Opera House in the Winter Gardens from October 21 to 26.

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