Our Annie last night was played by a world-class Harlie Barthram. She was pitch-perfect and oozed charisma. Definitely one to watch out for in the future.
As to the adults, Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks is a standout. Daddy Warbucks can sometimes come across as a caricature, but the way that Alex played him, made him more rounded and sympathetic. He was well matched by Amelia Adams, who was delightful as Grace.
Revel-Horwood was fantastic in the part of the gin-swigging, little-girl-hating Miss Hannigan. The Strictly bad-guy clearly loved every moment!
I also thoroughly enjoyed Paul French in the role of Miss Hannigan's devious brother Rooster and Billy-Kay as his manipulative partner in crime Lily. They, alongside Revel Horwood, threw themselves into the comedy numbers such as “Easy Street”, and the singing, characterisation and dancing were extremely well done.
The other undoubted star of the show was a very cute and very well behaved Amber, playing the part of Sandy the dog. Never work with children and animals they say, and there is certainly a danger of the adults being upstaged by the dog and the orphans in this show!
This was a really enjoyable night out, and well worth revisiting this classic show.
Annie was reviewed at the Milton Keynes Theatre on the 7th August where it runs until the 12th August 2023. Tickets available here: Annie Tickets | Milton Keynes Theatre in Milton Keynes | ATG Tickets
Full tour details here: Annie Musical UK Tour | Official site (anniethemusicaltour.uk)
Review written by Ruth Hawkins