West End spectacular Oliver! comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal for a mammoth eight week run next autumn 12 September to 3 Nov 2012, starring Brian Conley as Fagin with public booking having opened this weekend.

Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical Oliver!, includes the songs "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.

Brian Conley (Fagin) 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.