Miranda Hart confirmed as Miss Hannigan in West End Annie

2. Miranda Hart (Miss Hannigan) photo by Matt Crockett

Miranda Hart will make her West End debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Picture: Matt Crockett

Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, opening in the West End in May 2017.

Previews at the Piccadilly Theatre will begin on 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Miranda Hart said: “Miss Hannigan is a dream role, and certainly has been for me, but I never thought it would be a reality. But here we are and I have a newly found musical theatre-esque spring in my step!

“I hope people will leave the theatre feeling life is a little better and dreamier and jollier after watching it, as much as we feel that performing it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some leg-warmers to put on…”

Public booking for Annie opens on Monday 27 February 2017 at 10am with the production initially booking to 6 January 2018. Children’s tickets will be half price for Monday to Thursday performances.

Annie has book by Thomas Meehan, adapted from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

The West End production will have sets and costumes designed by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker and orchestration and musical direction by George Dyer. 

Foster’s production arrives in the West End 40 years after the original Broadway production opened in 1977 and 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 show was adapted for the big screen, directed by John Huston, with a cast including Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney.

In 2014 a further feature film was released, directed by Will Gluck, with a cast including Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. 

Miranda Hart is best known on television for her hugely successful, semi-auto-biographical and multi award-wining BBC sitcom Miranda that ran from 2009 for three series and two specials. She was the recipient of a BAFTA nomination, an NTA Award and two TV Choice Awards for her performance as Chummy in the BBC television drama Call the Midwife.

In 2014 she completed her first sell out stand-up arena tour, culminating in five shows at London’s 02 Arena. Her theatre credits include Cruising at the Bush Theatre, Come Out Eli at Battersea Arts Centre and All About Me at the Soho Theatre, as well as multiple appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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