About the show
Craig Revel Horwood leads the cast of family favourite musical Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The unforgettable rags-to-riches story of Annie begins with the title character as a poor orphan living under the watchful eye of Miss Hannigan. One Christmas her luck looks set to change. She is picked to spend the holiday with Oliver Warbucks, a billionaire. He is quickly captivated by Annie, but the terrible Miss Hannigan and her untrustworthy friends are having none of it. They set out to make sure Annie does not benefit from a cent of Warbucks’ fortune.
The musical features some of the best-known songs in theatre. They include It’s The Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Maybe. These are performed alongside Little Girls, N.Y.C. and You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.
Craig Revel Horwood plays Miss Hannigan. The Strictly Come Dancing judge previously played the role when the show toured in 2015.
From 27 November, Meera Syal replaces Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan. The actress and writer previously appeared in productions including Romeo And Juliet in the West End, and Behind The Beautiful Forevers and Rafta Rafta at the National Theatre.
Alex Bourne, who starred in We Will Rock You in the West End, plays Daddy Warbucks. Holly Dale Spencer plays Grace Farrell, while Jonny Fines tales on the role of the money-grabbing Rooster. Djalenga Scott plays Lily. Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes share the title role.
The much-loved show is based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. Thomas Meehan wrote the stage adaptation, which features Charles Strouse’s music and Martin Charnin’s lyrics. This new production is the first one to appear in the West End since 1998. Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of the Leicester Curve, directs the production.
Set in the Great Depression era of America, this is one of the most uplifting and heart-warming musicals. Don’t miss your chance to see it back on the London stage.
You can find out more about Annie in our interview with Alex Bourne.
Annie runs at the Piccadilly Theatre from 23 May – 18 February 2018.