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Alex Bourne in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre

Sunday, 7th May 2017  

Annie - Piccadilly Theatre

It’s time for another of the West End’s upcoming musicals to announce their latest cast members this week as the revival of Annie assembles ahead of its May start-date. The show has already earned a lot of attention, of course, thanks to the casting of Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan, but now we can also add names like Alex Bourne to the list as a full roster of adult and child actors are announced.

Three performers, for example, take the forms of Lola Moxom, Ruby Stokes and Madeleine Haynes, who alternate in the title role of little orphan Annie. She is spending time at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage at the start of the show as audiences take a trip back in time to 1930s New York. Mr Warbucks, meanwhile, is the billionaire who takes her under his wings in time for Christmas.

As the show progresses it becomes clear that Annie could be putting her hard knock life behind her – as long as Miss Hannigan doesn’t ruin it.

This isn’t the first time that Alex Bourne has portrayed Daddy Warbucks in Annie, having also played the part in the touring version of the musical. He has also appeared in a wealth of other shows around the world, so he has a lot of stage experience to bring to the role in the West End. His credits include We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Kiss Me Kate as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre and on tour and many others.

His fellow cast members will include Holly Dale Spencer, Jonny Fines and Djalenga Scott, amongst many others.

Annie is, of course, the classic musical from Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan, which was first seen in the United States in 1977, having been adapted from the Little Orphan Annie comic strips, a daily-published comic that originated in the 1920s.

Annie, with Miranda Hart and Alex Bourne, plays at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End from Monday 5th June 2017 (previews from Tuesday 23rd May 2017).

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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