Annie musical, starring Miranda Hart, confirms full cast

Annie musical, starring Miranda Hart, confirms full cast

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Rehearsals began today for the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. Joining the previously announced Miranda Hart who will play Miss Hannigan are Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily.

    The title role of Annie will be shared by 13-year old Madeleine Haynes, 12-year old Lola Moxom, and 12-year old Ruby Stokes. They will be joined by three teams of young performers who will play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage (see below). Amber, a 4 year-old Labradoodle, will play Annie’s dog Sandy.

    Completing the company will be ensemble members Keisha Atwell, Sophie Ayers, Bobby Delaney, Nic Gibney, Patrick Harper, Ben Harrold, George Ioannides, Megan Louch, Benjamin Mundy, Ben Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Anne Smith, Kate Somerset How, Katie Warsop and Russell Wilcox. Directed by Nikolai Foster, Annie is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.  

    Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

    Alex Bourne’s (Daddy Warbucks) theatre credits include Mamma Mia! and Rocky Horror Show on tour in the UK, Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms/Royal Albert Hall), The Witches of Eastwick (Watermill Theatre), We Will Rock You and Beauty and the Beast (Dominion), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Grease (Cambridge Theatre), Showboat (Royal Shakespeare Company/ Opera North) and Annie on tour in the UK.

    Holly Dale Spencer’s (Grace Farrell) theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange Theatre), White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), the title role in Holly Golightly (Sadler’s Wells), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic) and Annie on tour.

    Since graduating from the Guildford School of Acting in 2010, Jonny Fines’ (Rooster) theatre credits include roles in Nikolai Foster’s production of Grease (Curve), The Sound of Music UK tour, I Love You, You’re Perfect…Now Change! (Union Theatre), Avenue Q and Annie on tour.

    Djalenga Scott’s theatre credits include Grease and An Officer and a Gentleman both directed by Nikolai Foster at the Curve, West Side Story and Annie on UK tour, Batman Live on tour in the US, Chicago at the Garrick Theatre.

    The role of Molly will be alternated by Aurelia Borrelli, Ellicia Simondswood, and Nicole Subebe. The role of Tessie will be alternated by Jessica Cartledge, Scarlet Grace, and Dora Yolland. The role of Kate will be alternated by Shani Roberts, Emily-May Stephenson, and Maisie Thorn. The role of Pepper will be alternated by Drew Hylton, Eva MacLaughlan, and Charlotte Ross Gower. The role of July will be alternated by Nancy Allsop, Carla Dixon, and Isabelle Methven.  The role of Duffy will be alternated by Kya Davis, Nicole Dube, and Kathryn Whetter.

    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. In 1982, Annie was adapted for the big screen directed by John Huston with a cast including Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney and in 2014 a further feature film was released, directed by Will Gluck, with a cast including Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. The much-loved score includes the classics "It’s A Hard Knock Life", "Tomorrow" and "Easy Street".

    Annie tickets are currently booking from 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June 2017. The production is initially booking to 6 January 2018.