Paul Nicholas will star in a new UK touring production of classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof in the new year. The show opens 17 February 2003 at the Blackpool Grand before continuing to 21 further venues over five months to mid-July.

In a Jewish village in Czarist Russia, dairyman Tevya (Nicholas) is doing his best to preserve tradition in the face of a changing world, but when his daughters refuse the matchmaker's advice and marry for love instead, Tevye must choose between heir happiness and his beloved traditions.

Fiddler on the Roof has a book by Joseph Stein, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, choreography by Jerome Robbins and a famous score by Jerry Block (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) which features songs such as "Tradition", "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "To Life, If I Were a Rich Man". It originally appeared in 1964 on Broadway, where it ran for 3,242 performances, and received its London premiere at Her Majesty's theatre in 1967.

Earlier this year, the Watermill Theatre in Newbury mounted an acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which won this year's TMA Award for Best Musical.

Actor and singer Paul Nicholas (pictured) is best known to TV viewers for the long-running 1980s sitcom Just Good Friends. His many musical theatre credits include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Cats, Blondel, Charlie Girl, Doctor Doolittle and The Pirates of Penzance, while amongst his other recent stage credits are The Mysterious Mr Love and Snakes and Ladders. Nicholas is also an accomplished theatrical producer, having backed such West End hits as Saturday Night Fever.

Following Blackpool, Fiddler on the Roof will continue to Stoke, Oxford, Liverpool, York, Dartford, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Sheffield, Belfast, Cork, Milton Keynes, Sunderland, Bradford, Plymouth, Bristol, Woking, Wolverhampton, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Norwich.

- Terri Paddock