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John Partridge leads casting for 2016 Chicago tour

Hayley Tamaddon, John Partridge and Sam Bailey, who will star in Chicago. Photo: Dewynters
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John Partridge, Hayley Tamaddon and Sam Bailey are to star in a new UK tour of Chicago in 2016.

Partridge will play Billy Flynn, with Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and Bailey as Mama Morton.

Other casting is yet to be announced.

The Kander and Ebb musical previously ran in the West End for 15 years and the new tour will run between February and July 2016, with further dates to be added.

It will open at the New Theatre in Oxford on February 12, running until July 9 where it is currently scheduled to play the Bristol Hippodrome.

Other venues confirmed include Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, Manchester Opera House, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin and the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Walter Bobbie will direct the production, which will have choreography by Ann Reinking and musical supervision by Rob Fisher.

Chicago is produced by David Ian and Michael Watt in association with Barry and Fran Weissler.