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tour of annie the musicalMichael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that their hit production of Annie which recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16 will embark on a new UK tour opening at Manchester Opera House in February 2019.

Annie started off on Broadway and was made into a classic film musical. Directed by Nikolai Foster, it is a heart-warming rags-to-riches story of 11 year old orphan Annie’s adventures from the New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The show has music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan- While running in the West End, the part of Miss Hannigan was played by Craig Revel Horwood, Meera Syal and Miranda Hart. Casting news for the UK tour is that Anita Dobson will play Miss Hannigan at the start of the tour from 9 February – 27 April 2019 with Craig Revel Horwood again playing her from 30 April – 6 July 2019, Jodie Prenger at Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome and Lesley Joseph taking over the role from 24th September-23rd November.They will be joined by 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 who are joined by three teams of young performers playing 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.

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’.

Nottingham Theatre Royal @@
20-25 May
Southend Cliffs Pavilion @@
7 May-1 June
Sheffield Lyceum @@
4-8 June
Woking New Victoria @@
10-15 June
Dartford Orchard @@
17-22 June
Liverpool Empire @@
24-29 June
Milton Keynes Theatre @@
1-6 July
Dublin Bord Gais Energy ##
9- 20 July
Birmingham Hippodrome ##
23 July-11 August
Eastbourne Congress
13-17 August
Cardiff Millennium Centre
19-31 August
Aberdeen His Majesty's $$
24-28 September
Edinburgh Playhouse $$
30 September-5 October
Sunderland Empire $$
7-12 October
Canterbury Marlowe $$
14-19 October
Crawley Hawth $$
22- 26 October
Belfast GOH $$
29 October-2 November
Ipswich Regent $$
4-9 November
Wimbledon New $$
11-16 November
Stoke Regent $$
18-23 November

@@ Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

## Jodie Prenger as Miss Hannigan

$$ Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan