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15 July 2012, 06:00
TV comedian and actor Brian Conley is heading the cast in the spectacular production of Oliver! at Norwich Theatre Royal.
He takes on the role of Fagin in the spectacular new production of the show which is being co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
Brian’s career spans three decades which has seen him appear in award-winning West End musicals and TV sitcoms, present chat-shows, record three albums and complete numerous sell-out tours of the UK.
And he is enjoying the chance to play one of the best-known characters from the musical and literary world. He explained: “Fagin is trusted to imbue some of the situations in the show with comedy and he gets the great songs but I think you do feel sorry for him mainly because he is the only one who makes people laugh.”
The show, which runs from July 3 to August 4, features a strong supporting cast headed by Cat Simmons, who takes on the role of Nancy. She may be best known for her role as DC Kezia Walker in The Bill but also has a strong theatrical background appearing in a range of roles including the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Fame! in the West End.
And she stars opposite Iain Fletcher, who takes on the role of Bill Sikes. Iain is also a previous star of The Bill where he played DC Rod Skase as well as starring in the global TV hit Band of Brothers, and the hit musical Mamma Mia in the West End.
The show also features a strong ensemble who have strong West End and touring pedigrees, and it will also feature over 20 local children who will take on the role of Fagin’s gang.
As well as stunning choreography and a jaw-dropping set, the show is full of Lionel Bart’s irrestistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah and As Long As He Needs Me.
The UK tour comes after it completed a two year run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London where it opened to rave reviews, sell-out business and the biggest advance sales of all time for a West End show.