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Annie extends and Craig Revel Horwood joins cast

Casting news

MICHAEL Harrison and David Ian, Producers of the West End production of Annie, have announced that Craig Revel Horwood will join the West End Company to play the role of Miss Hannigan for 10 weeks – from September 18 to November 26, 2017.

It has also been announced that Nikolai Foster’s production will extend booking at the Piccadilly Theatre to February 18, 2018.

Best known on television as a judge on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood returns to the role for which he received great critical acclaim in Foster’s production of Annie that toured the UK in 2015.

Previously in the West End he has performed the role of Munkustrap in Cats, was Dance Captain in Miss Saigon and played the role of Harry in Crazy for You. His production of Son of a Preacher Man will open in Bromley in September before embarking on an extensive UK tour.

Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am so pleased to be returning to the West End, especially to a role I had such a brilliant time performing on tour. Miss Hannigan is evil, sassy and fab-u-lous. It will be a real challenge for me not to take her man-hungry, wicked ways to the Strictly judging panel each Saturday night – though I am sure my fellow judges will keep me in check! I can’t wait to get started.”

The West End Company of Annie also includes Alex Bourne (as Daddy Warbucks), Holly Dale Spencer (Grace Farrell), Jonny Fines (Rooster) and Djalenga Scott (Lily). The title role of Annie is shared by Madeleine Haynes, 13-years old from Hadley Wood, Barnet, Lola Moxom, 12-years old from Rochester, Kent and Ruby Stokes, 12-years old from Hampshire. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Amber, a 4 year-old Labradoodle, plays Annie’s dog Sandy.

Completing the company are adult are Russell Wilcox, Bobby Delaney, Keisha Atwell, Sophie Ayers, Nic Gibney, Patrick Harper, Ben Harrold, George Ioannides, Megan Louch, Benjamin Mundy, Ben Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Anne Smith, Kate Somerset How and Katie Warsop.

Miranda Hart will play the role of Miss Hannigan until September 17, 2017.

NB: During his 10-week run, because of his Strictly Come Dancing commitments, Craig Revel Horwood will not play the role of Miss Hannigan on Saturdays.

Image: Craig Revel Horwood (Miss Hannigan) by Hugo Glendinning.

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