Wednesday 15th July - Saturday 18th
THEATRE ROYAL, LINCOLN
Monday 20th July - Saturday 25th July
EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS
Tuesday 28th July - Saturday 1st August
THE LOWRY, MANCHESTER
Tuesday 4th August - Saturday 8th August
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Tuesday 11th August - Saturday 15th August
Monday 17th August - Saturday 22nd August
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
Tuesday 25th August - Saturday 29th August
Monday 31st August - Saturday 5th September
RICHMOND THEATRE, SURREY
Monday 7th September - Saturday 12th September
Tuesday 13th October - Saturday 17th October
TOWN HOUSE, HAMILTON
Tuesday 27th October - Saturday 31st October
VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO
Monday 2nd November - Saturday 7th November
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK
Tuesday 10th November - Saturday 14th November
MILLENNIUM FORUM, LONDONDERRY
Tuesday 17th November - Saturday 21st November
ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM
Daddy Warbucks & Annie make the
cover of 'All About Manchester in July; 2.
Su, or is it Miss Hannigan?, helps support
"Our Lowry" in Salford in September; 3.
'Hamilton Advertiser' interview Su about Annie
and much more in August.
Echo, by Joe Riley Liverpool Empire
When Little Orphan Annie, US comic strip heroine
of the Great Depression, finally made it to the
stage in 1976, some saw it as mawkish
sentimentality for a Dickensian-style morality
musical to match Lionel Bart's Oliver.
But today, the idea of an 11 year old storming
the White House (or Downing Street) with optimism
as a cure-all for economic woes might appear to
be welcome fantasy.
Whatever, Annie (the musical), complete with its
clutch of New York workhouse kids chorusing like
whistling kettles still manages to present
poverty sunnyside up.
That is, apart from the intervention of wicked
matron Ms Hannigan, aka Su Pollard, reprising the
role she played in Liverpool nine years ago. She
ditched all the camp tomfoolery of her small
screen Hi-De-Hi persona, to prove the true worth
of a vibrant and gritty singing voice and all it
takes to play a comedy villain.
by Lizzie Carr Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Little explanation of the plot is needed
as almost everyone, at some point, has been
touched by heart-warming story of the plucky
orphan. Annies cheery disposition sees her
taken under the wing of millionaire business
tycoon Oliver Warbucks for two weeks over the
Christmas period. Warbucks initial steely
persona gives way to Annies infectious
charm and he decides to adopt her.
Su Pollard gives a flawless performance as Miss
Nottingham-born actress, Su Pollard, most famous
for her role in the BBC sitcom Hi-De-Hi! stole
the show with her flawless performance as Miss
Hannigan, the drunken matriarch who runs the New
York orphanage. Her perfect comedy timing had the
audience laughing from the opening scene right
through to the finale.
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