Starring: Miranda Hart, Craig Revel Horwood
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Annie first appeared on the capital's stage way back in 1977, and proved an instant hit. The show's famous charm made friends and influenced people from day one, thanks to a compelling plot studded with a string of classic show tunes including Le Girls, Easy Street, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile and the iconic Tomorrow.
This is Nikolai Foster’s 40th anniversary production of Annie, and for Miranda Hart the role of Miss Hannigan is a dream. Hart follows in the famous footsteps of Carol Burnett, Sheila Hancock, Sue Pollard and Paul O’Grady, set to make her own unique mark on the role of one of theatre’s favourite baddies. It's set to open at the magnificent Piccadilly Theatre in early spring 2017, and it's already being tipped at this summer's biggest musical smash hit.
Directed by Nikolai Foster, the show is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. There's a book by Thomas Meehan, the music comes from Charles Strouse and the lyrics by Martin Charnin. The costumes come from Colin Richmond, the choreography is by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Richard Brooker and musical direction by George Dyer. As Miranda Hart herself says, “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.”
What's the story? Based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the musical follows the life of young Annie as she progresses from an unloved and neglected orphan to the beloved daughter of a billionaire. The action is set in 1930s New York, during the Great Depression, where Annie and her fellow orphans endure a miserable life thanks to Miss Hannigan, a drunk whose orphanage is a truly hellish and cruel place.
Little Annie’s luck changes fast when she's chosen to spend Xmas with the billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. He and his staff soon fall head over heels with Annie, who is feisty and full of life, but the evil Miss Hannigan and her cronies are determined to grab a slice of the billionaire's fortune. Do they succeed? Come and see for yourself. It's one of two classic musicals to hit the London stage this summer, the other being Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Miranda Hart will be playing Miss Hannigan until 17th September 2017.
Puts a smile on your face and a tear in your eye. A GLORIOUS REVIVAL The Times
Feel-good escapist joy. Fun, riotous and heartfelt Radio Times
What to expect:Acting
based on 57 reviews
An excellent entertaining show
Sadie London Box Office customer
Towards the end there was an row between assistant and customers two rows in front of me and spoilt the ending of the show
Caroline London Box Office customer
Annie is a great musical with great music but this show failed to make the most of that. The main song, Tomorrow, was given particularly short thrift. The arrangement and singing were poor. I did enjoy but it wasn't as good as I had hoped.
Nathan London Box Office customer
Classic story - excellent actors - all round good fun
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Matthew London Box Office customer
This is an amazing show. The talent takes your breath away, especially that of the orphans, although everyone is amazing. It is a joyful show!
Gillian London Box Office customer
Kevin London Box Office customer
A bundle of creative fun!
Marion London Box Office customer
Loved the show, volume of music just right (not over loud!) with every member of the cast performing brilliantly.
Joan London Box Office customer
Brilliant show, we had a fantastic time.
shane London Box Office customer
Lovely family show
Jane London Box Office customer
Sound design needs a revamp
Intelligibility in the cheap seats was poor and the show wasn't mixed well for the cheap seats - the band was pushed unnecessarily at times. The audience also needed some education in audience etiquette....
Tom London Box Office customer
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Tania London Box Office customer
Annie was fabulous!!
Helen London Box Office customer
A fantastic music show
We loved the show and sat by one of the young actresses parents . We told him we thought the show was magic
Mark London Box Office customer
This is the first show i have seen in London and i would highly recommend!
Melissa London Box Office customer
A proper musical
A slow burner , a rather boring bland 1dt half, but a good 2nd made the show worthwhile
antony London Box Office customer
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Laurent London Box Office customer
Fun, warming whole heartedly recommend
C London Box Office customer
great experience with the family
Adrienne London Box Office customer
Feel good factor
What a great afternoons entertainment enjoyed by 3 generations. No swearing, sex or violence which makes a change. Craig was fab as Miss Hannigan and we felt the whole show had a strong ‘feel good ‘ factor Ice creams etc VERY overpriced considering ticket prices. Delivery of refreshments to seat a great innovation
Mary London Box Office customer
Love the Story!
A simply classic show to take your kids!
Jonathon London Box Office customer
Graham London Box Office customer
Show was fast moving, professional with good music and dialogue throughout.
Thomas London Box Office customer
Don't go - really poor sound and vocal quality - give it a miss and go somewhere else
Patrick London Box Office customer
A must see by all!
Nichola London Box Office customer
Caroline London Box Office customer
lively show with some great acting especially from the young ones.
Charles London Box Office customer
jamie London Box Office customer
Great fun. Brilliant acting and singing. The children were outstanding.
We had fabulous seats. Singing was brilliant and the acting outstanding. The children were very enthusiastic and took great roles portrayed to perfection. Very funny in parts and we enjoyed the storyline and music. Great show for all ages, especially children.
Beverley London Box Office customer
With the star absent, this is just an average performance
With the star dust missing - Miranda Hart was 'indisposed' - this performance of Annie was really nothing special. On the plus side, the choreography was good. On the downside whilst the singing was ok, Annie's voice on the high notes was a bit ear-splitting at times.
Rupert London Box Office customer
Fun for the children I am sure but despite some good acting the whole show was rather dull and uninspiring. Difficult to distictly hear the child actors but whether this was the acting or poor sound quality was difficult to tell.Mirande Hart did not appear on the night and there was no advance warning. Prices too high for the poor seating
Stuart London Box Office customer
Josie London Box Office customer
This show was fantasic. The young actors were excellent. Miranda was great. Would recommend this show to all ages from 7 upwards.
Emma London Box Office customer
Great night out
Loved Miranda but equally the children were amazing especially the young ones and also Annie
Deborah London Box Office customer
very good all round show
The cast were very talented and the junior members did themselves proud. Good mix of humour throughout and a cast that looked like they were enjoying what they were doing
Nicola London Box Office customer
Loved the show
Sue London Box Office customer
20 Oct 2017
This West End revival of the 1972 musical ANNIE has all the hallmarks of a great night in London’s theatreland; uplifting songs, fast-paced dance numbers, stunning sets and a show-stopping performance from a dog.
06 Aug 2017
These days you need a star in a West End show to keep the box office busy. It wasn't always thus. Back in the 1980s producer Cameron Macintosh made the show itself the the main attraction with mega-hits like Les Miserables and it didn't particularly matter who was in it, the public were just excited to see Les Mis regardless of who happened to be playing Jean Vajean.
24 Jul 2017
It's always tricky as a critic when the negativity you feel about a production isn't shared by the audience around you. So although I found the current revival of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre weak for a number of reasons, people all around me were loving it and gave the evening a standing ovation; so I'm allocating it four stars inspired by their reaction and not the three which reflect my grumbles.
05 May 2017
There's no bad news about the musical Annie. I absolutely love it so it’s exciting to learn that rehearsals have started and to learn a little about what we can expect when the vintage Broadway show is revived again at the Piccadilly Theatre, starring TV favourite Miranda Hart, who's best known for her role in drama Call the Midwife and for her own, much loved sit-com Miranda.
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