In the early 1930s, Annie the orphan is an 11 year old who dreams of being united with her birth parents, having found herself growing up in an orphanage. Annie The Musical is the seasoned favourite that stands the test of time, uplifting audiences young and old where-ever it goes.
The show comes alive with “It’s a hard knock life” thanks to the whirlwind of energy that is provided by 7 exceptionally talented young ladies whose ages range from 8 to 11 years old, but do not assume that the quality of the performance is in any way effected by age. Their exceptional stage presence and sheer likeability lifts the show further and their strong performances throughout the show are a delight to watch.
Incredible choreography sweeps through this production as a strong adult and child cast deliver with precision and style. Nick Winston has again delivered the magic touch, creating some stunning scenes. Hard Knock Life to name just one example, is spine-tinglingly good. The iconic scene getting its deserved “high energy” and “hard working” best.
Miss Hannigan is currently played by Anita Dobson, best known from her role as Angie Watts in Eastenders, who plays the role with the class and comic timing that you would expect from such an established actress.
Annie was played in this performance by the wonderfully talented Ava Smith. Her focus on stage and her incredible talent will leave you in awe and she delivers a strong character, really bringing the emotion out of her new found parent relationship – opposite Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks.
Alex Bourne and Carolyn Maitland (as Grace) produce the perfect heartwarming performance among a cast who echo an underlying warmth within the delivery of a well polished version.
To complete the good feeling – there is also a Labradoodle guest starring throughout the show, an incredibly composed dog called Amber (playing the part of Sandy) who continues to be spotted throughout the show and is particularly enchanting.
This Musical has been brought upto date with this modern adaption, played within a surreal, jigsaw-piece framed set that really helps to focus the action on stage as it unfolds.
Annie is a classic but this strong version has you feeling like you’re watching it for the first time. Children are almost as enthralled as the adults. This is the perfect family musical.
Annie plays Chester Storyhouse until Saturday 30th March 2019 before continuing on a UK Tour. To buy tickets click here: StoryhouseLive