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Craig Revel Horwood to take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in Annie

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 West End in Cats, Miss Saigon and Crazy for You. He previously played the role of Miss Hannigan during the touring production of Annie in 2015.

On appearing during the West End run, he said: "I am so pleased to be returning to the West End, especially to a role I had such a brilliant time performing on tour.  Miss Hannigan is evil, sassy and fab-u-lous. 

"It will be a real challenge for me not to take her man-hungry, wicked ways to the Strictly judging panel each Saturday night - though I am sure my fellow judges will keep me in check!  I can’t wait to get started."

He is also set to direct and choreograph the upcoming production of Son of a Preacher Man, a musical featuring the music of Dusty Springfield, which tours the UK from September.

Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie started life as a touring show in 2015, before arriving in the West End earlier this year. It tells the story of a little orphan girl, Annie, who is taken in by the wealthy Daddy Warbucks, and features the classic songs “It’s A Hard Knock Life”, “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street”.

Miranda Hart, who has played the role since June, will play her final performance in the role on 17th September.

The cast of the show includes Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom, and Ruby Stokes (who share the role of Annie), with.  Russell Wilcox, Bobby Delaney, Keisha Atwell, Sophie Ayers, Nic Gibney, Patrick Harper, Ben Harrold, George Ioannides, Megan Louch, Benjamin Mundy, Ben Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Anne Smith, Kate Somerset How and Katie Warsop.

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