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 opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2017, for a 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 opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on May 23rd 2017, with an official press night on January 6th 2018.
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.
- “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
- “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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