It has been confirmed that TV’s much-loved and award-winning Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call the Midwife), will play Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre, London from May 2017.
Miranda Hart said: “Miss Hannigan is a dream role, and certainly has been for me, but I never thought it would be a reality.”
Set during The Great Depression, in ’30s New York, little orphan Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment, along with the other girls at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage (It’s the Hard Knock Life). Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks (I think I’m Gonna Like it Here). Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas (Easy Street) and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family.
Bookings for Annie Theatre Breaks will open on Monday 27 February 2017. The first booking period will take us right through the year to 06 January 2018 which will place Annie as a top contender for THE Christmas show in 2017 as well as a hot favourite for the Summer Holidays!
Importantly, children’s tickets will be half price for Monday to Thursday performances. The West End is traditionally rather stingy when it comes to child discounts, so this is expected to be a very popular move.
Nikolai Foster’s production arrives in the West End 40 years after the original Broadway production opened in 1977 and received seven Tony awards including the Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
The last West End production of Annie opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998.