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Actor and comedian Meera Syal takes control of the orphanage as Miss Hannigan in the beloved family musical Annie, directed by Nikolai Foster. Read More >

Actor and comedian Meera Syal takes control of the orphanage as Miss Hannigan in the beloved family musical Annie, directed by Nikolai Foster.

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. But 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…

Foster’s production arrives in the West End 40 years after the original Broadway production opened in 1977, when it 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, the musical 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.

This West End production of Annie opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2017 with Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan, with Craig Revel Horwood joining the Company to play the role in September 2017. They are followed in the role by Meera Syal, who is best known for her role in the BBC’s comedy series The Kumars At No. 42 and Goodness Gracious Me; on stage, she has starred in Romeo & Juliet (West End) and Behind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre). Meera was made an MBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2015.

With a much-loved, Tony Award-winning book and score, including the classics It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street, Annie will charm and delight audiences of all ages.

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Age Suitability: Children under 5 years and babes in arms will strictly not be admitted.. i

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 23/05/2017

Opening Night: 05/06/2017

Closing Night: 18/02/2018

Running time: 2h20, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Miss Hannigan - Meera Syal

Annie - Ruby Stokes, Isobel Khan, Agatha Meehan

Daddy Warbucks - Alex Bourne

Grace Farrell - Holly Dale Spencer

Rooster - Jonny Fines

Lily - Kate Somerset How

Connie / Star to be / Morganthau - Keisha Atwell

Bert Healy - Bobby Delaney

Drake - Nic Gibney

Fred McCraken - Patrick Harper

Bundles - George Ioannides

Mrs Hannigan Understudy / Mrs Pugh - Anne Smith

Mrs Greer & Bonnie Boylan - Melanie Cripps

Cecile - Katie Warsop

Lt. Ward / Franklin Roosevelt - Russell Wilcox

Swing - Sophie Ayers, Ben Harrold, Megan Louch, Benjamin Mundy, Marios Nicolaides, Ben Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Amy West



Director - Nikolai Foster

Producer - Michael Harrison & David Ian

Choreographer - Nick Winston

Costume - Colin Richmond

Lighting Designer - Ben Cracknell

Set Designer - Colin Richmond

Sound - Richard Brooker

Lyrics By - Martin Charnin

Music By - Charles Strouse

Orchestration and musical direction - George Dyer


About Piccadilly Theatre

Denman Street, London W1D 7DY

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