News: Lesley Joseph to return as Miss Hannigan in Annie tour

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that Lesley Joseph will star as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in their smash hit production of the musical Annie at His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen (24 – 28 September 2019), Edinburgh Playhouse (30 September – 5 October 2019), Sunderland Empire (7 – 12 October 2019),Marlowe Theatre Canterbury (14 – 19 October 2019), The Hawth Crawley (22 – 26 October 2019) Grand Opera House Belfast (29 October – 2 November 2019), Ipswich Regent’s Theatre (4 – 9 November 2019) New Wimbledon Theatre (11 – 16 November 2019) and Regent’s Theatre Stoke on Trent (18 – 23 November 2019).

Lesley joins Alex Bourne as Oliver Warbucks, Richard Meek as ‘Rooster’, Jenny Gayner as Lily and Carolyn Maitland as Grace Farrell. The title role of Annie is shared by Faye Katsande, Ava Smith and Freya Yates. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Completing the cast will be Michael Anderson, Thomas Audibert, Andy Barke, Caroline Bateson, Daisy Boyles, Blaise Colangelo, Gary Davis, Ashleigh Graham, George Rae, Anne Smith, India Thornton, Matt Trevorrow, Amy West and Samuel Wilson Freeman.

This production recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16 as well as a recent sell-out season in Toronto.

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. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…

With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’.

Produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian, Annie features has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. The production is directed by Nikolai Foster with set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker.

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