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Previe: Annie at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 8th – Saturday 13th April 2019

The smash hit production of the musical Annie returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal this month due to popular demand, with EastEnders star Anita Dobson as the tyrannical ‘Miss Hannigan’.  You can bet your bottom dollar it’ll be spectacular! Monday 8th – Saturday 13th April 2019.

Produced by Newcastle’s own Michael Harrison Annie proved a Box Office smash when it debuted at the Theatre Royal back in 2015.  The show then went on to complete a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16 followed by a blockbuster season in Toronto and an extended season in the West End.

More spectacular than ever before, this new tour features an all new cast led by Anita Dobson and includes Alex Bourne as ‘Oliver Warbucks’, Richard Meek as ‘Rooster’, Jenny Gayner as ‘Lily’ and Carolyn Maitland as ‘Grace Farrell’. The title role of ‘Annie’ is shared by Faye Katsande, Ava Smith and Freya Yates. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. 

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson created one of the most popular characters in television winning numerous awards. Her West End theatre credits include ‘Madame Morrible’ in Wicked, ‘Mama Morton’ in Chicago, ‘Mrs Meers’ in Thoroughly Modern Mille, ‘Chris’ in Calendar Girls, ‘Joan Crawford’ in Bette and Joan and ‘Nancy’ in Frozen at the National Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Award. Her film credits include London Road.

Alex Bourne reprises his performance as ‘Oliver Warbucks’ after playing the role in this production of Annie in the West End, Toronto and on the 2015/16 tour. His many other West End credits include ‘Danny’ in Grease, ‘The Beast’ in Beauty and the Beast, ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago, ‘Khashoggi’ in We Will Rock You and Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…

With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs it’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

Annie has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. Annie is directed by Nikolai Foster with set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker. Annie is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Annie comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal between Monday 8 and Saturday 13 April 2019 playing evenings at 7.30pm and matinees Thu 2pm and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets from £21 can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at

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