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FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE FORTHCOMING UK TOUR OF ANNIE

STARRING ANITA DOBSON AND CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD AS ‘MISS HANNIGAN’

OPENING AT THE MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE ON SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce full casting for the forthcoming UK tour of their smash hit production of the musical “ANNIE” opening at the Manchester Opera House on Saturday 2 February 2019. Joining the previously announced Anita Dobson and Craig Revel Horwood who both star as ‘Miss Hannigan’ (Anita will play the role from 2 February – 27 April 2019 and Craig will play the role from 30 April – 6 July 2019) will be 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.

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson created one of the most popular characters in television winning numerous awards. Her West End theatre credits include ‘Madame Morrible’ in “Wicked”, ‘Mama Morton’ in “Chicago”, ‘Mrs Meers’ in “Thoroughly Modern Mille”, ‘Chris’ in “Calendar Girls”, ‘Joan Crawford’ in “Bette and Joan” and ‘Nancy’ in “Frozen” at the National Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Award. Her film credits include “London Road”.

Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on all 16 series of BBC1’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. He returns to the part of ‘Miss Hannigan’ having played the role to critical acclaim in this production in both the West End and on the 2015/16 UK tour. His other West End Theatre credits include ‘Munkustrap’ in “Cats”, “Miss Saigon” at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and ‘Harry’ in “Crazy for You” at the Prince Edward Theatre. Craig directed and choreographed the recent tour of “Sister Act The Musical” as well as the “Strictly Come Dancing Live” tour for the past six years. He also choreographed the film “Paddington 2”.

Alex Bourne reprises his performance as ‘Oliver Warbucks’ after playing the role in this  production of “Annie” in the West End, Toronto and on the 2015/16 tour. His many other West End credits include ‘Danny’ in “Grease”, ‘The Beast’ in “Beauty and the Beast”, ‘Billy Flynn’ in “Chicago”, ‘Khashoggi’ in “We Will Rock You” and ‘Fred/Petruchio’ in “Kiss Me, Kate” for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. His other credits include ‘Daryl Van Horne’ in “The Witches of Eastwick” and the Watermill Theatre, for which he received a TMA nomination for Best Actor, ‘Sam Michael’ in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” and ‘Lex Hogan’ in “Eugenius!” at the Other Palace.

Richard Meek’s many credits include ‘Trevor Graydon’ in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, ‘Brad’, ‘Eddie’ and ‘Dr Scott’ in “The Rocky Horror Show” and ‘Sir Galahad’ in “Spamalot”, all on national tour. He has also appeared as ‘Leo Bloom’ in the international tour of “The Producers” as well as ‘Dustin’ and ‘Greaseball’ in the 25th anniversary cast of “Starlight Express” in Bochum, Germany.

Jenny Gayner’s West End credits include ‘Miss Wilson’ in the original cast of “The Girls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Hunyak’ in “Chicago” at the Adelphi, Cambridge and Garrick theatres and “Spamalot” at the Palace Theatre. Jenny has also appeared as ‘Lina Lamont’ in “Singin’ in the Rain” and ‘Brooke Windham’ in “Legally Blonde”, both at Kilworth House.

Carolyn Maitland reprises her performance as ‘Grace Farrell’ after playing the role in this production of “Annie” in Toronto. Her West End credits include ‘Ellen’ in “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre, ‘Marian’ in “The Woman in White” at the Charing Cross Theatre and “Groundhog Day” and “Kiss Me, Kate”, both at the Old Vic. Her other credits include ‘Molly’ in the national tour of “Ghost” and ‘Kathy Seldon’ in Singin’ in the Rain at Kilworth House.

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’.

“ANNIE” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. “ANNIE” 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. “ANNIE” is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

 

For further press information please contact Simon Raw or Emily Webb on simon@rawpr.co.uk/emily@rawpr.co.uk

 

ANNIE – UK TOUR 2019

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019
MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2019
WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE www.grandtheatre.co.uk
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 4 MARCH – SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019
NEW THEATRE OXFORD www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

TUESDAY 19 MARCH – SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019
BRISTOL HIPPODROME www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 25 MARCH – SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019
STORYHOUSE THEATRE, CHESTER www.storyhouse.com
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 1 APRIL – SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2019
HULL NEW THEATRE www.hulltheatres.co.uk
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 8 APRIL – SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 15 APRIL – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019
KING’S THEATRE GLASGOW  www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 22 APRIL – SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019
BRADFORD ALHAMBRA www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan

TUESDAY 30 APRIL – SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON www.mayflower.org.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 6 MAY – SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH www.theatreroyal.com
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

TUESDAY 14 MAY – SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019
LLANDUDNO VENUE CYMRU www.venuecymru.co.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 20 MAY – SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019
NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL www.trch.co.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 27 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2019
CLIFFS PAVILION THEATRE, SOUTHEND www.southendtheatres.org.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

TUESDAY 4 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019
LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan
ON SALE 27 OCTOBER 2018

MONDAY 10 JUNE – SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 17 JUNE – SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019
THE ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 24 JUNE – SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE  www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

MONDAY 1 JULY – SATURDAY 6 JULY 2019
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre
Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan