Cat Simmons and Iain Fletcher to join Brian Conley in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Plymouth (news)

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Stars of The Bill, Cat Simmons and Iain Fletcher, will join Brian Conley in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical Oliver! at Theatre Royal Plymouth this summer.

The Plymouth run will boast Brian Conley as Fagin, Cat Simmons as Nancy and Iain Fletcher as Bill Sikes.

Cat Simmons’s theatre credits include the leading role of Mary Magdalene in the recent tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, while her West End credits include Whistle Down the Wind and Fame.

She also appeared in the Young Vic’s sell-out production of Simply Heavenly and the Old Vic’s production of Aladdin, opposite Ian McKellen.

However, she is probably best known for her regular role as DC Kezia Walker in the long running ITV drama The Bill.

Iain Fletcher played DC Rodney Skase in The Bill for nine years. Other TV credits include Casualty, Murphy’s Law, Doctors, Family Affairs and Band of Brothers.

Theatre credits include The King in The Three Musketeers at Rose Theatre Kingston, and Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! in the West End.

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.

Cameron Mackintosh said: “It is 47 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. In 2010, 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 are on sale now.

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