West End Production of Annie to Welcome Male Miss Hannigan

London News   West End Production of Annie to Welcome Male Miss Hannigan Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood will step into the role of the caretaker of the New York City orphanage.
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Craig Revel Horwood, who played Miss Hannigan in the 2015 U.K. tour of Annie, will step into that same role in the West End production of the classic American musical September 18–November 26 at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Best known as a judge on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Horwood has previously been seen in the West End in Cats, Miss Saigon, and Crazy for You. His production of Son of a Preacher Man will open in Bromley in September before embarking on a U.K. tour. During his 10-week run in Annie, because of his Strictly Come Dancing commitments, Horwood will not play the role of Miss Hannigan on Saturdays.

Horwood, who succeeds Miranda Hart in the role, said in a statement, “I am so pleased to be returning to the West End, especially to a role I had such a brilliant time performing on tour. Miss Hannigan is evil, sassy and fab-u-lous. It will be a real challenge for me not to take her man-hungry, wicked ways to the Strictly judging panel each Saturday night—though I am sure my fellow judges will keep me in check! I can’t wait to get started.”

In related news, Nikolai Foster's production of Annie has extended its booking period through February 18, 2018.

The Annie company also includes Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster, and Djalenga Scott as Lily. The title role is shared by Madeleine Haynes, 13 years old from Hadley Wood, Barnet; Lola Moxom, 12 years old from Rochester, Kent; and Ruby Stokes, 12 years old from Hampshire. (Anne Smith plays Miss Hannigan at certain performances.)

Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan (adapted from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie), music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The West End production has sets and costumes designed by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker, and orchestration and musical direction by George Dyer.

For more information visit AnnieWestEnd.com.

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