Annie Tickets

Piccadilly Theatre, London
Piccadilly Theatre, London
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The hit Broadway and West End musical Annie is based on the famous Harold Gray comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie'. With a score by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, the show follows the plucky red-headed orphan as she is taken out of the hard-knock life of Miss Hannigan's orphanage and embraced by millionaire Daddy Warbucks.

A new West End production of Annie opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2017, produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Directed by Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of the Curve, it features sets and costumes by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker and orchestration and musical direction by George Dyer.

Comedian Meera Syal plays the role of the horrible Miss Hannigan (previously played by Miranda Hart and Craig Revel Horwood).

The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre in 1977 where it ran for six years, going on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. Songs from the show including "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" went on to become standards of the American songbook, and thanks to the numerous revivals and productions around the world have made Annie one of the most recognisable musicals of all time.

Annie had its West End premiere at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 3 May 1978 in a production that starred the original Annie Andrea McArdle in the title role. Sheila Hancock starred as Miss Hannigan alongside Stratford Johns as Daddy Warbucks. The production ran for 1,485 performances, closing in the West End on 28 November 1981.

The first film of the musical was released by Columbia Pictures in 1982, starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell, Tim Curry as Rooster, Bernadette Peters as Lily, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. An updated film set in the present day was produced by Will Smith and released in December 2014 starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.

Annie was revived in London's West End at the Victoria Palace, running from 30 September 1998 to 28 February 1999 in a production that starred Lesley Joseph and Lily Savage as Miss Hannigan.

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…

Previews from |
23rd May 2017
Opening date |
5th June 2017
Booking from |
18th February 2018
Available until |
18th February 2018
Run time |
2 hours 20 minutes, including an interval
Categories |
No under 5s.
Book by Thomas Meehan, Score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip – Little Orphan Annie
Michael Harrison and David Ian
Nikolai Foster
Songs by:
Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
Ben Cracknell
Richard Brooker
Colin Richmond
Nick Winston
Cast list:
Meera Syal (Miss Hannigan)
Other info:
Orchestration and musical direction by George Dyer

Piccadilly Theatre Venue Information

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY
Nearest tube:
Piccadilly Circus

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Our Review of Annie


"The sun will come out tomorrow Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow There'll be sun" That hymn to sunny optimism in the face of depression-era New York, where homeless people huddle in self-made refugee villages called Hooverville, has long become one of Broadway's greatest spiritual anthems; as sung by an 11 year-old girl who has escaped the city orphanage where her parents long ago abandoned her, but promised to return to pick her up, it has a special piquancy. Read more

Latest Annie News & Features

Meera Syal
Meera Syal to take over as West End’s Miss Hannigan in Annie
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Comedian Meera Syal is set to take over as Miss Hannigan in the west End production of Annie, which runs at the Piccadilly Theatre. The role is currently played by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, who took over from actress Miranda Hart, who made her theatre debut in the role. Syal will replace Horwood for performances from 27th November, and will play the role until February 2018. Meera Syal’s previous stage credits include playing the Nurse in...
Craig Revel Horwood to take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in Annie
Friday, 04 August, 2017
Craig Revel Horwood will take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in Annie from September. Hart was due to play the role from the shows opening until September, and Horwood will take over the role from 18 September to 26 November 2017. He will not perform on Saturdays due to Strictly Come Dancing commitments. The production has also announced an extension at the Piccadilly Theatre until 18 February 2018. Craig Revel Horwood has previously performed in the...
First look at Miranda Hart in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End
First look at Miranda Hart in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End
Thursday, 01 June, 2017
Production images have been released of Miranda Hart and the cast of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. Hart plays Miss Hannigan opposite Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily, with the role of Annie being shared by Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes. The revival officially opens on 5 June 2017 and is currently booking to 6 January 2018. It is directed by...
Miranda Hart Annie
Miranda Hart makes West End debut in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre
Thursday, 16 February, 2017
It has been announced that comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as 'Miss Hannigan' in a new West End production of Annie the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre, beginning previews on 23 May 2017 with an official opening on 5 June, initially booking to 6 January 2018. One of the most loved Broadway musical, Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan adapted from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, music by Charles Strouse and...
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