Legendary musical Annie returns to the West End for a limited run at the Piccadilly Theatre staring national treasure Miranda Hart. Annie is set to begin performances on 23rd May 2017 and will continue until 6th January 2017.
Set in New York during The Great Depression, the gutsy young Annie is destined for a life of misery living in the Municipal Girls Orphanage under the torment of the often rather inebriated Miss Hannigan.
With nothing but an old letter from them and the hope that she will one day see them again, Annie is determined to escape and find her real parents. Her luck changes however when she is picked to spend Christmas at the home of the well-known billionaire Oliver Warbucks. All that stands in her way though is the spiteful Miss Hannigan’s plans to spoil everything for her.
Packed full of a huge range of well loved songs, the award winning score includes the unforgettable songs of It’s the Hard Knock Life, I Don’t Need Anything But You, Easy Street and Tomorrow.
Annie is set to star the British comedian and actress Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan. Miranda is best known for her BBC Sitcom Miranda which ran from 2009 to 2015 and received three Royal Television Society, four British Comedy Awards and four Bafta Awards, becoming one of the most loved British TV series of the 21st century. Miranda Hart has also featured in a range of other popular TV shows including Call the Midwife and Not Going Out. Being a massive fan of the musical and even knowing every part, this gives Miranda the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream of staring in Annie on the West End.
Alex Bourne (Mamma Mia!) co-stars as Daddy Warbucks. They are joined by Holly Dale Spencer (Sweet Charity) as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines (Grease) as Rooster and Djalenga Scott (Grease) as Lily.
Annie is directed Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, Leicester, one of the UK’s most exciting regional theatres, having produced acclaimed productions such as White Christmas, The Hired Man and Beautiful Thing. Set and costume design is by Colin Richmond, with choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker.
Annie first premiered on Broadway in 1977, originally based on the Harold Gray comic Little Orphan Annie and adapted with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan.
The original run spanned nearly six years and since has been performed all around the world, including major West End productions in 1978, 1983 and 1998, as well as being turned into two major Hollywood films.
With a star cast, the return of Annie to the West End is set to be one of the most exciting revivals of the year. Performances are set to begin on 23rd May 2017 and will continue until 6th January 2018.
Annie is perfect for anyone who has seen the classic 1982 but has yet to experience the full magic of the unforgettable musical live on the west end stage. With Miranda Hart set to make her West End debut, it is also the perfect opportunity to see one of the country’s finest comedic performers.
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