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Oliver! Tour Set for Three Month Run at Palace

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The Palace Theatre in Manchester continues housing West End hits later this month, with the arrival of the UK touring production of Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! Neil Morrissey stars as Fagin.

Samantha Barks, who finished in the top three of BBC casting show I'd Do Anything, will play Nancy, alongside Iain Fletcher, best known as DC Rodney Skase in the long-running TV series The Bill, as Bill Sikes.

The cast will also feature: Jack Edwards as Mr Bumble; Suzie Chard as Widow Corney; Stephen Moore as Mr Brownlow; David Langham as Mr Sowerberry; CJ Johnson as Mrs Sowerberry; Stevie Hutchinson as Noah Claypole; Emma Dukes as Bet; and Victoria Hay as Charlotte.

Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical, which played a two-year run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane before closing in January, will open in Cardiff on 20 December (previews from 10 December 2011) playing dates in Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Newcastle, Leeds and Bristol with venues confirmed through to March 2013.

The touring company also includes Lincoln Hudson, James Gant, Hadrian Delacey, Joe Maxwell, Kade Ferraiolo, Lee Dillon-Stuart, Matt Harrop, Ryan O'Gorman, Annie Wensak, Kara Lane, Claire Parrish, Alison Connell, Sophie Caton, Beth Davies, Mikaela Newton, Paul Farrell, Nicholas Duncan, Sarah Cortez, and Mary Fox.

Oliver! runs at the Palace from 25 January - 10 March.

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