Theatre’s most famous orphan is appearing at the Bristol Hippodrome this February
After a critically acclaimed West End run, Annie the Musical is touring the UK. The show opened in Manchester on February 2 and will be running at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday 19 March for one week only.
This classic family favourite made its Broadway debut in 1977. It was adapted for the silver screen in 1982 and has continued to charm generations of children and parents alike. This production boasts a star-studded cast of West End veterans, helmed by the inimitable Anita Dobson.
The musical follows Annie, an optimistic orphan living in the New York Municipal Girls’ Orphanage, run by the cruel alcoholic Miss Hannigan. Through a chance meeting with Grace Farrell (a kind-hearted secretary), Annie is taken to live with Daddy Warbucks, a millionaire businessman. Over time, Annie wins his heart, and Warbucks vows to help her find her parents by offering $50,000 as a reward. But Miss Hannigan’s not done yet; with the assistance of her con-man brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, she tries to scam Warbucks out of his money, and ruin Annie’s life.
Anita Dobson brings Miss Hannigan to life with aplomb. A lifelong entertainer and performer, she wowed the nation in Eastenders as Angie Watts, the first landlady of the Queen Victoria from the show’s inception until 1988. Since then, she’s dazzled in the theatre and TV – including a fantastic turn in the 2011 season of Strictly Come Dancing. Craig Revel Horwood, another Strictly alumnus, will take over the role of Miss Hannigan from 30 April for the rest of the tour.
The rest of the cast is equally impressive, boasting the return of Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Thoroughly Modern Millie’s Alex Meek as Rooster, Jenny Gayner of The Girls as Lily, and Miss Saigon’s Carolyn Maitland as Grace Farrell. Families can be guaranteed an excellent night of entertainment.
When: 19–23 March, £19.50–£58.50, £10 off selected seats for Theatre Card members
Where: Bristol Hippodrome