Cameron Mackintosh has announced that Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis will play ‘Nancy’ alongside Griff Rhys Jones as ‘Fagin’ and Steven Hartley as ‘Bill Sikes’ in the triumphant new production of Lionel Bart’s smash hit musical OLIVER! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from Monday 29 March 2010. Jodie Prenger leaves the show on Saturday 27 March 2010 at the end of her contract.
Cameron Mackintosh said:
“I’m really delighted that Kerry Ellis will take over the role of ‘Nancy’ when Jodie leaves Oliver! after a triumphant 15 month run. Kerry has become one of London’s favourite leading ladies and recently enjoyed a huge success in “Wicked”. I have had the pleasure of seeing Kerry’s career grow through roles in my productions of “My Fair Lady”, “Miss Saigon” and “Les Misérables” – where she was an outstanding ‘Fantine’. The part of ‘Nancy’ is one of the most heart-warming and tragic in any musical, so it is wonderful that the role attracts some great talents.”
Kerry Ellis (born 6 May 1979) is an English stage actress who has starred as Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of the musical Wicked. Among her previous notable roles are as Fantine in the West End production of Les Misérables and as Meat in the original London production of We Will Rock You.