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Annie The Musical at Norwich Theatre Royal review: Family favourite musical featuring Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood is perfect escape from gloomy weather





Annie – Theatre Royal, Norwich

This family favourite musical is the perfect escape from all this very gloomy weather!

With Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel-Horwood as a tipsy Miss Hannigan, it’s a show that hits all the right notes.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel-Horwood as Miss Hannigan
Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel-Horwood as Miss Hannigan
Newcomer Sharangi Gnanavarathan plays Annie
Newcomer Sharangi Gnanavarathan plays Annie

Most of us know the plot - young orphan Annie, beautifully portrayed by newcomer Sharangi Gnanavarathan, lives a wretched life in a rundown New York children’s home, hoping against hope that her parents will reappear.

Everything changes when billionaire Daddy Warbucks, played by Alex Bourne, rescues her and Annie gets her happy ever after.

There are some great songs including Tomorrow, It’s a Hard Knock Life and Easy Street, plus energetic dance routines and some lovely performances such as Amelia Adams as Grace, Warbuck’s private secretary.

The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical

The girls in the orphanage almost steal the show but it’s the image of Craig Revel-Horwood lying back and throwing his legs high in the air that will stay with me! He was having the time of his life and it showed!

The production is super slick, with the live orchestra really adding to the atmosphere, and do look out for Sandy (Amber), Annie’s scruffy but loveable stray dog, who is very well-behaved.

The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical
The cast of Annie the musical

The show continues until Saturday. Visit www.norwichtheatre.org

Review by Sarah Hardy



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