Tuesday, January 29

Lesley Joseph announced as third Miss Hannigan on Annie Tour

Michael Harrison and David Ian have just  announced that Lesley Joseph will play Miss Hannigan in their new tour  of Annie the musical.  She will join two other actors who are also playing the role in different stages of the tour:  Anita Dobson will play her  from 2 February – 27 April  with Craig Revel Horwood taking over from 30 April – 6 July  and Lesley Joseph playing  the role at the end of the tour from 24th September-23rd November.

Lesley Joseph returns to role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ having played the part  in 2015/16. She is best known for playing Dorien Green in the  successful sitcom Birds of a Feather alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson. They recorded over 100 episodes over a period of nine years and returned to our screens in 2014 for a further three series. Lesley most recently appeared as Frau Blucher in the West End production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Victoria Palace in London  and also on national tour as well as the touring productions of Calendar Girls and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

They will be joined by Alex Bourne as ‘Oliver Warbucks’, Richard Meek as ‘Rooster’, Jenny Gayner as ‘Lily’ and Carolyn Maitland as ‘Grace Farrell’. The title role of ‘Annie’ is shared by Faye Katsande, Ava Smith and Freya Yates who are joined by three teams of young performers playing the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Completing the cast will be Michael Anderson, Thomas Audibert, Andy Barke, Caroline Bateson, Daisy Boyles, Blaise Colangelo, Gary Davis, Ashleigh Graham, George Rae, Anne Smith, India Thornton, Matt Trevorrow, Amy West and Samuel Wilson Freeman.

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