About the showOne of musical theatre's most popular shows, Annie, comes to the West End. Directed by Nikolai Foster, a new version of the classic musical starring the hilariously funny comedian Miranda Hart plays performances at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 23rd 2017.
Annie takes place in the Big Apple during the Great Depression, and tells the story of the plucky little orphan, who whiles away her childhood trapped in the Municipal Girls Orphanage. If that isn’t bad enough, Annie has to constantly contend with the horror of dealing with the drunken Miss Hannigan who cares (albeit very little) for the girls.
Left with only an old letter from her parents, she is determined step out into the wide world and track them down. When she spends Christmas with popular billionaire Oliver Warbucks, her luck begins to change, but will the vindictive Miss Hannigan manage to spoil her fun? Annie is well known for its acclaimed score, which includes the hugely popular songs "It’s a Hard Knock Life", "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow".
Annie marks the West End debut of TV favourite Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan. Best known for the BBC Sitcom Miranda, Hart is a life-long fan of the musical, having learnt every part in her school days. Now, she finally gets the chance to star in it in the West End! Further casting includes Alex Bourne (Mamma Mia!) as Oliver Warbucks and Holly Dale Spencer (Sweet Charity) as Grace, as well as Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily.
Annie is to be played by three actors; Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes, with Sandy the dog played by 4 year old Labradoodle Amber. Ensemble members include Keisha Atwell, Sophie Ayers, Bobby Delaney, Nic Gibney, Patrick Harper, Ben Harrold, George Ioannides, Megan Louch, Benjamin Mundy, Ben Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Anne Smith, Kate Somerset How, Katie Warsop and Russell Wilcox.
Annie is set to begin previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 23rd May 2017, with an official opening on 5th June 2017. Miranda Hart is due to play Miss Hannigan until 17th September 2017, with tickets currently available over Christmas until 6th January 2018.
Who Should See It?Annie is the perfect family musical, with a hilarious star, unforgettable soundtrack and heart-warming story, this brilliant new production of the timeless tale is set to be one of the most popular West End shows of the year.