Lesley Joseph to star as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in “Annie” at Sunderland Empire

ANNIE - Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan with Annie and orphans. Photo credit Matt Crockett

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce a brand new production of the musical “Annie” starring Lesley Jospeh as ‘Miss Hannigan’. “Annie” will play Sunderland Empire from Monday 28 March to Saturday 2 April 2016.

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’.

Lesley Joseph is best known for playing ‘Dorien Green’ in the hugely successful sitcom “Birds of a Feather” alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson. They recorded over 100 episodes over a period of nine years. Lesley and her co-stars returned to our screens in “Birds of a Feather in 2013 with a second series airing earlier this year. Lesley’s theatre credits include ‘Miss Hannigan’ in “Annie” at the West End’s Victoria Palace and also on national tour. Her other touring credits include “Calendar Girls” and “Hot Flush!”.

“Annie” will be directed by Nikolai Foster. Recently named as the new artistic director at Curve in Leicester; his most recent theatre credits include: “Calamity Jane”, “The Witches of Eastwick” and the 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s “Beautiful Thing” in the West End.

“Annie” has set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker.

“Annie” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan.

“Annie” is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Find out more about Sunderland Empire.

Tickets on general sale: 10am Monday 22 June 2015.

Booking Information:

In person at the Box Office on High Street West

Box Office: 0844 871 3022

Groups 10+: 0844 871 3042

Online: Sunderland Empire

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