ICONIC West End show Blood Brothers is coming to the Alhambra in Dunfermline next week.

The multi award winning musical previously received glowing reviews and became one of only three productions of its kind to surpass 10,000 performances in London.

Written by Willy Russell, Blood Brothers tells the moving tale of two twins who were separated at birth and grew up on opposite sides of the train tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

It focuses on nature versus nurture; one brother was raised by a wealthy family while the other in deprived conditions.

They both end up falling in love with the same girl, which opens a rift in their friendship.

Returning to her role as Mrs Johnstone, the mother of the twins, will be Lyn Paul who played the character in the West End between 1997 and 2000 as well as in 2008 and 2012 when it was revived.

She feels it is her ultimate role, saying: "Oh, absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt.

"Mrs J is just me. Everything that she's going through I feel, the way Willy's written it is so easy to get over to an audience as it's actually writes as you would speak.

"Sometimes, when people write a script, you look at it and think, 'well, that's not how I would say it'.

"But this is so perfectly written and so easy, it just flows, and I just feel that Mrs J is me, so it makes it very easy to play."

She explained returning to the role is like "greeting an old friend", but terrifying at the same time.

One might expect Lyn knows the part in her sleep now, but she went on to say: "You know what, strangely enough, I was lying in bed the other night going through the opening song and I reached one part, but for the life of me couldn't remember the rest of it, and I had to get up and go downstairs to get the script and go through it.

" At 4 o'clock in the morning...ridiculous!"

She mused: "It's playing on my mind, obviously."

Sean Jones, who has been playing one of the twins Mickey for 15 years, on-and-off, said: "As for the character, it's basically me but with drug addiction and jail terms thrown in.

"It's very similar to myself, actually, I was expelled from school. When I first saw the show, it was because someone had said to me, 'you should go and see the show because there's a part that you'd be right for'.

"And when you're a young actor you want to know what to market yourself on. So I went to see it, and it's set in Liverpool which is just down the road and I thought, 'I get this'.

"The only downside of it was that it's a musical and I'm not very musical theatre, I didn't train to do musical theatre, had never done a day's dance class in my life."

He eventually landed the dream role, adding: "Well, it was very random, but I had this really crappy agent and they kept putting me up for these musicals and I actually started walking out of auditions because I hated singing.

"And finally, this agent said to me she'd got me an audition, and she said to me, 'don't be cross, it's another musical'.

"I moaned but she said, 'hang on, it's Blood Brothers'. And she knew I was obsessed with the part of Mickey, but I never thought it would be something I'd be trying out for.

"She then told me the audition was for the part of understudy to Mickey and I thought, oh s***, I'm going to have to go for this, aren't I?"

The show is on at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline between Monday and Saturday, October 23 and 28, book via 01383 740 384.