Michael Harrison and David Ian reveal the full cast for the highly anticipated UK and Ireland tour of their hit production of the musical Annie, opening at Curve, Leicester on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The musical features a star-studded cast, including previously announced Craig Revel Horwood and Paul O’Grady, who will be joined by Scottish BAFTA winner Elaine C Smith and Jodie Prenger, all playing the role of Miss Hannigan at different venues.
Alex Bourne will play the role of Oliver Warbucks, Paul French will play Rooster, Amelia Adams will play Grace Farrell, and Billie-Kay will play Lily St. Regis. The title role of Annie will be shared by Zoe Akinyosade, Harlie Barthram, and Poppy Cunningham. They will be joined by three teams of talented young performers playing the residents of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.
Completing the cast are Emily Barnett-Salter, Alistair Beattie, David Burrows, Sergi Ibanez, Rosalind James, Belle Kizzy Green, Ellie May-Wilson, Martin McCarthy, Phoebe Roberts, Lukin Simmonds, Matthew Sweet, Dawn Williams, and Tommy Wade-Smith.
Craig Revel Horwood is best known as a judge on the popular BBC1 show “Strictly Come Dancing.” He has received critical acclaim for his role as Miss Hannigan in this production both in the West End and on tour. Paul O’Grady is a BAFTA award-winning television, radio, and stage star, who returns to “Annie” having first played the role of Miss Hannigan in 1998. Elaine C Smith is best known for playing Mary Doll in the BBC comedy “Rab C Nesbitt” and won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress in 2018 for her role in the BBC sitcom “Two Doors Down.” Jodie Prenger recently joined ITV’s “Coronation Street” as Glenda Shuttleworth and has a strong theater background, with West End credits including “Oliver!” and “One Man Two Guvnors.”
Annie opens at Leicester Curve on 25th February, full tour details can be found here.