Annie

‘a roar of warmth’

‘just what London needs right now’

‘both humane and inspiring’

Miranda Hart makes her West End debut as the infamous Miss Hannigan in a new production of the beloved Broadway musical Annie. Directed by Nikolai Foster, Annie plays at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 2017, for an extended London season.

Based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the musical charts the journey of Annie as she goes from forgotten orphan to daughter of a billionaire. Set in 1930’s New York, during the Great Depression, Annie and her fellow orphans are forced to live a life of misery in the drunken Miss Hannigan’s demanding orphanage.

Annie’s luck soon changes when she is picked to spend Christmas with the known billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. As Warbucks and his employees begin to fall in love with the feisty young girl, Miss Hannigan and her cronies hatch a plan to snatch her away and get some fortune of their own.

Originally played by Carol Burnett in the 1982 film, Miss Hannigan is a role that has been played by some of the stage’s greatest stars. Miranda Hart joins the likes of Sheila Hancock, Paul O’Grady, Sue Pollard, Kim Criswell, Kathy Bates and Cameron Diaz (from the 2014 film) as she takes on the role.

Most recently seen on a UK tour starring Craig Revel Horwood, Annie last appeared on the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998. Now, a brand new production plays at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 23rd 2017.

Please note that Miranda Hart appears as Miss Hannigan until September 17th 2017.

Cast and Creative

Artistic Director of Leicester Curve Nikolai Foster directs Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre, with previous West End credits including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Beautiful Thing and Flashdance. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and music by Charles Strouse, with lyrics by Martin Charnin. This production features design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Award-winning actress and comedian Miranda Hart makes her West End debut as the horrific Miss Hannigan. Hart is best known for her hit sitcom Miranda, as well as her BAFTA-winning role in Call the Midwife. Further casting includes Alex Bourne (Mamma Mia!) as Oliver Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer (Sweet Charity) as Grace and Jonny Fines and Djalenga Scott as Rooster and Lily respectively.

Annie will be shared between three young actors; Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes, with Sandy the dog played by 4 year old pup 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.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “Maybe” – Annie and Orphans
  • “It’s the Hard Knock Life” – Annie and Orphans
  • “It’s the Hard Knock Life (Reprise)” – Orphans
  • “Tomorrow” – Annie
  • “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover” – Hooverville
  • “Little Girls” – Miss Hannigan
  • “Little Girls (Reprise)” – Miss Hannigan
  • “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” – Annie, Grace and Staff
  • “N.Y.C.” – Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Star-to-Be and Chorus
  • “N.Y.C. (Reprise)” / “Lullaby” – Warbucks
  • “Easy Street” – Rooster, Miss Hannigan and Lily
  • “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long” – Grace and Warbucks
  • “Why Should I Change a Thing?” – Warbucks
  • “Maybe (Reprise)” – Annie

Act II

  • “Maybe (Reprise II)” – Annie
  • “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – Bert Healy and the Boylan Sisters
  • “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Reprise)” – Orphans
  • “Easy Street (Reprise)” – Rooster, Miss Hannigan and Lily
  • “Tomorrow (Cabinet Reprise)” – Annie, Roosevelt, Warbucks and Cabinet
  • “Tomorrow (Cabinet Reprise II)” – Roosevelt and the Cabinet
  • “Something Was Missing” – Warbucks
  • “Annie” – Grace and Staff
  • “I Don’t Need Anything But You” – Warbucks and Annie
  • “Maybe (Reprise III)” – Annie
  • “A New Deal for Christmas” – Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Roosevelt and Staff
  • “Tomorrow (Finale)” – Full Company

Show Lengths and Times

Annie is set to open at the Piccadilly Theatre London on June 5th 2017 and will play until January 6th 2018, with previews beginning May 23rd 2017.

Show running time is 2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Annie is suitable for all ages, but please note that children under the age of 5 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons entering the theatre must have their own ticket.

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Tickets

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Reviews

Have you seen Annie? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

9 comments

  1. Saw Annie last night & it was fabulously good! The supporting cast were truly magnificent, in particular orphan Molly who captured your attention from the beginning to end, Miranda Hart, great, “Daddy” Warbucks whit-woo, overall superb show, loved it loved it loved it.

  2. Just come home from seeing Annie, thought it was brilliant, the girl who played Annie tonight was the same one who appeared on the London Palladium with the dog, she was brilliant and thoroughly deserved to come on last to take her bow.

  3. Watched the Matinee performance on the 27th May 2017 and it was amazing,the young orphans were brilliant, and in fact the whole cast were outstanding. We would highly recommend Annie the Musical.

  4. Annie was originally inspired by the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, and the musical is about Annie growing up in ’30s New York during the Depression, living a life of misery in Miss Hannigan’s ghastly orphanage. “It’s A Hard Knock Life”, “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street” are the best known songs. It has gained well deserved adoration and fame as a favourite, since the original 70’s productions (and of course, the popular film). The storyline isn’t the strongest and yes, some of the script verges on over sentimental, but the ‘overall’ easily makes up for this.
    Miranda Hart does brilliantly and will no doubt gain further strength (my viewing was after only seven initial preview performances)- inspired by previous roles by Sheila Hancock, Sue Pollard and Lily Savage.
    ALL the others perform to the highest standard, delivering the harmony, pulse and vitality required for this type of musical and the choreography already reaches new heights. Annie (they share between three of them) is well up to the others in the power of her presentation (and the fascination with how she copes so easily on stage with Amber, a well- trained labrador).
    One piece does stay in my mind particularly, which is where the six ‘kids’ do their own song and dance on their own, without Annie- each one has enormous personality and skill, which helps to appreciate Annie even more.
    All credit to this production then- great entertainment from beginning to end.
    Miranda Hart sums it up nicely: “I have a newly found musical theatre-esque spring in my step! 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. “

  5. Watched Annie 7.30 June 2nd 2017, with my daughter 17. What a fantastic show, great cast, performance, spectacular music & choreography. Miranda Hart was Sensational. I would thoroughly recommend seeing this show at such a beautiful theatre. X

  6. Went to see Annie today. Amazing!! The children had so much energy and talent. Miranda was so funny and an amazing singer. The real dog is the icing on the cake.

  7. Saw Annie last night. Totally brilliant all round great job by all the cast. Loved the set, music arrangement. Miranda great, loved the “Easy street” number, choreography etc. By accident saw Miranda outside. Sorry Miranda I know you’re just a gal doing a great job but ta for being generous with your fans outside. Meant to say” well done, go get a cuppa or a glass Pinot” but got star struck and garbled.. oops.

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