Brian Conley to star in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Plymouth (news)

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Brian Conley will star as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical Oliver! at Theatre Royal Plymouth in summer 2012.

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.

On television, he is probably best known for playing Doug Digby in The Grimleys, his ITV1 show The Brian Conley Show, his hugely successful An Audience with Brian Conley, and numerous Royal Variety Performances.

Further casting details 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 musicals 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.”

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, the production celebrated its 50th birthday, having premiered in the West End in 1960.

Oliver! is at Theatre Royal Plymouth from August 7 to September 8, 2012. Tickets will go on sale for Oliver! at the Theatre Royal in September 2011 and a further announcement will be made when on sale dates have been confirmed.

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