Win Oliver! tickets

PUBLISHED: 15:05 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:20 16 January 2013

Oliver! Credit Alastair Muir

Oliver! Credit Alastair Muir


ONE of the largest productions on tour in the world will leave you wanting even more when it arrives in Bristol next week - and we have tickets to give away.

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical Oliver! is currently touring the UK and Ireland, arriving at The Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday.

Starring Neil Morrissey as Fagin, Samantha Barks as Nancy and Iain Fletcher as Bill Sikes, it is currently one of the largest productions on tour with a cast of 54, orchestra of 16 and a technical team of 53, which bring the show to life eight times a week.

The sensational score of Oliver! is full of Lionel Bart’s irresistible songs including 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.

The show 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.

Neil Morrissey is probably best known as Tony in the hugely-successful TV series Men Behaving Badly.

His other TV credits include Waterloo Road, Skins, Paradise Heights and Carrie and Barry.

No stranger to the stage, Neil’s West End theatre credits include Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and A Passionate Woman. His film credits include Up ‘n’ Under.

Samantha Barks trained at the Arts Educational school for a year before entering I’d Do Anything, the BBC search for the new Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! where she finished in the top three.

Following I’d Do Anything she took part in the workshop for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.

Samantha made her stage debut as Sally Bowles in the national tour of Cabaret, before taking the classic role of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal Windsor.

Last year Samantha made her West End debut in the role of Eponine in Les Misérables and played the role again in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2.

Television credits include the lead role of Zoe in the Disney TV series Groove High.

Samantha has recently completed playing the role of Eponine in the Les Miserables film, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Iain Fletcher is probably best known as DC Rodney Skase in the long-running TV series The Bill, a role which he played for nine years.

Other television credits include Casualty, Murphy’s Law, Doctors, Family Affairs and Band of Brothers.

Theatre credits include The King in The Three Musketeers at Rose Theatre Kingston and Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! in the West End.

Tickets, priced £17.50-54.50, are available via

The Mercury has teamed up with The Bristol Hippodrome to offer two lucky winners the chance to win a family ticket for the 7.30pm performance on January 24.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, is answer the following question: Who plays the role of Fagin in this production?

Send your answer, along with your name and a daytime telephone number to Oliver! competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LW, by 9am on Monday.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

Alternatively, click on the link at the top right of the page to enter.

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