The smash-hit musical Oliver! is coming to the Theatre Royal Plymouth next summer, starring Brian Conley as ‘Fagin’.
Cameron Mackintosh, in association with Southbrook Group Limited and Stage Entertainment UK have announced a national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical, which is coming to the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 7 August 2012 until 8 Septemer 2012, with tickets on sale from this September.
Brian Conley is one of the UK’s most versatile actors and performers. His West End stage credits include ‘Edna Turnblad’ in “Hairspray” at the Shaftesbury Theatre, ‘Caractacus Potts’ in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the London Palladium, as well as originating the role of ‘Al Jolson’ in “Jolson” at the Victoria Palace for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On television, he is probably best known for playing ‘Doug Digby’ in “The Grimleys”, his ITV1 show “T_he Brian Conley Show_”, his hugely successful “An Audience with Brian Conley” and numerous Royal Variety Performances.
Further casting will be announced soon.
Cameron Mackintosh said “It is 46 years since I appeared in the first national tour of *Oliver! *and this show has been close to my heart ever since. Little did I know then that I would one day be this brilliant musical’s producer and co-owner. Every time I produce the show Lionel Bart’s marvellous musical becomes a smash hit all over again, so I’m thrilled to bring you yet another spectacular new version starring Brian Conley.”
Bill Taylor, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK said “Everybody here at Stage Entertainment is delighted to be working with Cameron and his team on this beloved show. Both companies have a great history of bringing West End productions to theatres across the UK and to be doing it together on Oliver! is hugely exciting. Audiences are in for a spectacular show”.
The sensational score of OLIVER! is full of Lionel Bart’s irresistible 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.
OLIVER! *recently 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. Last year, *OLIVER! *celebrated its 50th birthday, having premiered in the West End in 1960.
A further announcement will be made when on sale dates have been confirmed.