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
. 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.
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.
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
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