Annie "the perfect family show for Christmas"
| By Lucy Beirne
With a new Miss Hannigan cast to rule the feisty orphans, Annie continues at the Piccadilly Theatre and is set to be a great show for the festive season.
Although set in the 1930s, Nick Winston punches this musical into the 21st century with sharp enough choreography to only be rivalled by Peter Darling’s Matilda. Winston’s choreography is matched perfectly with Colin Richmond’s gorgeous, contemporary set design. Visually, Annie is superb.
Craig Revel Horwood has taken over from Miranda Hart in the role of the dreadful Miss Hannigan and every line, movement and eye roll Revel Horwood delivers drips with disdain. However, the real highlight of Revel Horwood’s performance is ‘Easy Street’, where he demonstrates why he is the toughest judge on Strictly by performing the dance break with ultimate flair.
As brilliant as Revel Horwood is, the real stars of the show are the children. Ruby Stokes played the title role and carries the show on her tiny shoulders with ease. Aurelia Borelli has several show stealing moments in the role of Molly, and is nothing short of adorable. The cast of seven children are united on stage, without a single toe out of line at any moment. Their take on ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’ certainly delivers its promise, and leaves the audience beaming.
Under Nikolai Foster’s direction, this production of Annie has a much more festive feel than previous versions. Annie is highly enjoyable and the perfect family show for Christmas.