Cat Simmons Joins OLIVER! Cast, Replacing Samantha Barks, Apr 3

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It was announced today (Monday 5 March) that Cat Simmons will take over the role of Nancy from Samantha Barks in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Lionel Bart's smash hit musical OLIVER! at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday 3 April, the same day that Brian Conley takes over the role of Fagin from Neil Morrissey

Cat's theatre credits include the leading role of Mary Magdalene in the recent tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. 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. She is probably best known for her regular role as DC Kezia Walker in the long running ITV drama The Bill.
 
The Hippodrome date marks the first time this new production of OLIVER!  has been performed in the Midlands. 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.
 
Samantha Barks leaves OLIVER! to start filming  the forthcoming Les Misérables film, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crow, where she will be playing the role of Eponine.
 
Neil Morrissey and Samantha Barks will play the roles of Fagin and Nancy from Tuesday 13 March – Sunday 1 April.  Cat Simmons and Brian Conley will take over the roles from Tuesday 3 April until the end of the Birmingham run on Saturday 21 April.  OLIVER! is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, in association with Southbrook Group Limited and Stage Entertainment UK.
 
OLIVER! runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 13 March – Saturday 21 April 2012. Tickets are priced £18.50 - £52.   Perf times:   Eves 7.30pm; 4 & 18 April & Thurs mats 2pm; Sat & Sun Mar 2.30pm (excl 8 April). For tickets telephone 0844 338 5000 or book online at www.birminghamhippodrome.com. Calls vary from 5p per minute. 5% transaction charge.

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