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Isobel Khan (11 years old from Wakefield) and Agatha Meehan (10 years old from York) will join Ruby Stokes (13 years old from Hampshire) to share the title role of Annie in the West End production from the 15 January 2018. The cast also welcomes Molly May Gibson (11 years old from Kent), Hannah Hitchins (13 years old from Bromley) and Amelia Green (10 years old from London) who join the three teams of performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.
The latest additions arrive as Annie prepares to conclude its run at the Piccadilly Theatre on the 18 February 2018. It currently stars comedian, actor and writer Meera Syal in the role of Miss Hannigan, who will continue until the the final night. The West End production by Nikolai Foster opened in May last year, and has since seen Miranda Hart and Craig Revel Horwood take on the role of Miss Hannigan.
The production will move from the West End to Toronto, for a five week run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
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…
Check out more production shots of Meera Syal in action here.
Foster’s production arrived in the West End 40 years after the original production opened in Broadway in 1977, receiving seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The last West End production opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre, now home to Hamilton, in 1998.
A 1982 big screen adaptation directed by John Huston included cast members Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney, before another film adaptation emerged in 2014 featuring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx.
The production features classic musical theatre songs including It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and East Street.
Remaining tickets for Annie, running until the 18 February 2018, are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Images by Darren Bell