Photos: Griff Rhys Jones' Opening Night as FaginDate: 15 December 2009
Olivier Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones marked his opening night as Fagin in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night (15 December 2010), having inherited the role from fellow comics Rowan Atkinson and subsequently Omid Djalili (See News, 15 Sep 2009).
Rhys Jones was joined by director Rupert Goold and producer Cameron Mackintosh to celebrate his opening night, and was roundly cheered at the curtain call by co-stars Jodie Prenger (who has extended her contract through to March 2010) and Steve Hartley, who succeeded Burn Gorman as Bill Sikes in September.
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The current cast also features Julian Glover (Mr Brownlow), Julius D'Silva (Mr Bumble), Wendy Ferguson (Widow Corney), Julian Bleach (Mr Sowerberry/Dr Grimwig), Louise Gold (Mrs Sowerberry/Mrs Bedwin) and Tamsin Carroll (alternate Nancy), as well as teams of alternating child stars.