‘a roar of warmth’

‘just what London needs right now’

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Meera Syal takes on the role of Miss Hannigan from 27 November 2017!

Nikolai Foster’s smash-hit production of Annie continues to play at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre 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 opened in the role at the beginning of the run, joining the likes of Sheila Hancock, Paul O’Grady, Sue Pollard, Kim Criswell, Kathy Bates and Cameron Diaz (from the 2014 film).

Most recently seen on a UK tour starring Craig Revel Horwood, who returns for a limited 10-week season in September, Annie last appeared on the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998. Now, a brand new production plays at the Piccadilly Theatre London.

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 (Call the Midwife) made her West End debut as the horrific Miss Hannigan, before Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood took over the role in September. 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. Craig Revel Horwood takes over the role of Miss Hannigan from September.

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 officially opened at the Piccadilly Theatre London on June 5th 2017 and is booking until February 18th 2018.

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.



Tickets for Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre London are now on sale. Find tickets by using the search form at the top right of the page.


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


  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.

  8. Saw the show tonight. Fantastic. Could see and hear everything clearly unlike some shows. Every person on stage was brilliant. Choreography was fantastic, so fast and clever. Want to see it again. Miranda was even better than I expected. Orphans were great.

  9. Wonderful musical great cast with memorable songs love Miranda Hart and Alex Bourne and of course the children who were great.we were there on a surprise birthday trip for our niece.but reported to the management because we joined in with the singing.hope the lady who reported us us enjoyed the show ..because we enjoyed it better and still sang along…

  10. Saw Annie yesterday. We all thought it was a great production – great sets, wardrobe, orchestra and the cast were fantastic from Miss Miranda Hart to the youngest orphan all great!

  11. My sister brought tickets to see this for my 40th birthday. We both grew up watching the original and both love Miranda. Honestly it was the most fantastic evening. The cast were perfectly picked the kids were faultless and the song and singing amazing. Fab job to all involved you can tell alot of work and dedication have gone in to producing this show. Was the perfect birthday treat and would highly recommend this.

  12. Just the most magnificent production… Best show we’ve seen in years. Brilliantly talented cast, great music, awesome choreography, and amazing scene changes…..could go on. Just go see it!!

  13. Saw the show last night. What a brilliant production. The cast were absolutely first class especially little “Annie” and Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannibal. Would recommend this show to everyone, had a most enjoyable evening. Well done everyone involved with the show.

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