Award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart will make her West End debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Opening at the Piccadilly Theatre this May, this new production will be directed by Nikolai Foster.
On joining the show, Miranda said: “Miss Hannigan is a dream role, and certainly has been for me, but I never thought it would be a reality. But here we are and I have a newly found musical theatre-esque spring in my step!”
She added: “I hope people will leave the theatre feeling life is a little better and dreamier and jollier after watching it, as much as we feel that performing it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some leg-warmers to put on…”
— Annie The Musical (@AnnieMusicalUK) April 24, 2017
She will be joined by Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily. The title role of Annie will be shared by Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes. Amber, a 4 year-old Labradoodle, will play Annie’s dog Sandy.
Completing the company will be ensemble members 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.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…
— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) February 16, 2017
Annie recently featured on a UK tour starring Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, and features a much-loved score includes the classics It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street.
Public booking for Annie opens on Monday 27 February 2017 at 10am with the production initially booking to 6 January 2018. Children’s tickets will be half price for Monday to Thursday performances.
Further casting will be announced shortly.
— Annie The Musical (@AnnieMusicalUK) February 16, 2017