Abbot, who also starred in Sam Mendes' 1994 staging at the London Palladium, takes over from fellow comedian Griff Rhys Jones, and plays opposite Kerry Ellis as Nancy and Steven Hartley as Bill Sykes.
Oliver!, which broke box office records by taking over £15million in advance sales, is directed by Rupert Goold, based on Sam Mendes’ 1994 production. The new version is currently booking until 26 February 2011.
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