Book: Thomas Meehan
Music: Charles Strouse
Lyrics: Martin Charnin
Director: Nikolai Foster
Anita Dobson stars in the role of Miss Hannigan. Dobson may be mean in the role but keeps is lighthearted and her drunken antics attract some laughs. Richard Meek, on the other hand is the more sinister sibling in the role of Rooster. Meek is a bit corny but also menacing in the role and does the job at showing the extent Rooster will go to bag himself some money . Dobson, Meek and Jenny Gayner who plays Rooster’s partner Lily, belt out Easy Street executing Nick Winston’s cutting choreography to create a crowd pleasing number.
Ava Smith performs as Annie which is a role which three young actresses share. It’s a huge role and Smith pulls it off very well. Alex Bourne who plays Daddy Warbucks is a lovely father-like figure and quickly turns from corporate businessman to the parental figure that Annie is missing in her life.
The focus on Annie’s desire to be loved by her parents and to escape the entrapment of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage is particularly prominent and means that moments between Annie and Daddy Warbucks shine through as the beating centrepiece of this lovely musical.
The very talented ensemble tackle the choreography in ease and put on quite the show, particularly N.Y.C which is an epic nod to the Hollywood musical dance numbers and to top it off the classical score is performed by a nine-piece orchestra headed up by Musical Director Daniel Griffin.
While the historical events mentioned in the production may pass by younger members of the audience, the themes within Annie are just as prominent today. This is a classic, highly detailed musical full of optimism and soul. This latest production directed by Nikolai Foster is a no expense spared couple of hours of family entertainment.
*A complimentary ticket was given in exchange for this review. This value for money rating is based on the ticket price value of £44.50 + £3.00 Booking Fee. For more info on this value for money rating please visit here: Introducing a new kind of rating
Runs until 23rd February and then continues on tour.