I jumped at the chance to see one of my favourite childhood films brought to life on stage – and even better that I could enjoy it with my youngest…

From the moment the curtain went up the audience were enthralled. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, we see Brave young Annie, forced to live a life of misery and torment at an orphanage.

Lesley Joseph bursts through the dormitory doors as the spiteful Miss Hannigan to give a sensational performance, with incredible comic timing and a brilliant dry humour –  you love her immediately.

Fed up with her life at the orphanage runaway Annie turns up in Hooverville, with a stage set that includes a bike-pulled dog pound and a New York taxi. It’s where she meets Sandy her beloved four-legged furry friend who reappears on stage a number of times to the amusement of the audience!

Taken back to Miss Hannigan Annie’s luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. With a walk through New York 1930s style and a trip to the cinema Miss bossy boots Annie doesn’t take long to melt his heart.

For me the standout moment of the show was ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life‘ in which Annie joins forces with her fellow raggedy orphan friends banging buckets and jumping on beds to one of the all time classics.

Annie is one of those truly uplifting performances, filled to the brim with iconic songs including ‘Tomorrow‘ and ‘Easy Street‘ you can’t fail to smile.

“That’s the greatest show I’ve ever seen”

– raves my 9 year old on our way home!

Find more sensational shows at www.goh.co.uk

Heather Black

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