Rowan Atkinson: 'I wouldn't claim to be a West End musical junkie'
Rowan Atkinson is returning to the stage for the first time in two decades, playing Fagin in the West End production of Oliver!
The Blackadder and Mr Bean comedian stars alongside the winners of the latest BBC reality television programme, I'd Do Anything, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The role of the miserly criminal mastermind was one Atkinson admits he was reluctant to tackle - and producer Cameron Mackintosh spent years trying to convince the star he was perfect to pick a pocket or two.
In the end it was a case of now or never... and the small matter of playing the part in his daughter's school production.
Fagin is a villain and it's always nice to play a villain... they are always more fun than straight guys
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