16-21 May 2016
Reviewed by Dawn Watson
Everyone knows the story of Annie, a young girl orphaned as a baby in 1930’s America, looked after by the battle-axe character of Miss Hannigan and her rags to riches ending.
However under Director Nikolai Foster we are taken on a slightly new direction with the staging being like a huge jigsaw, a metaphor for Annie’s life as she struggled to try and piece together her life and finding her parents.
From the very start my two daughters and I were taken on a journey of musical delight and amazing talent telling Annie’s story.
We all loved that there was a ‘real dog’ on stage too. I’d forgotten how many songs from Annie I know but before long you’re singing along with them. It’s a fairly small cast but their energy was huge and it showed through their dancing and singing.
The young girls playing Annie and the orphans were superb and looked totally at ease and thoroughly enjoying themselves, what stunning talent with Monday nights Annie, what a beautiful singing voice she had. Of course have to mention Scotland’s very own Elaine C Smith who took on the role of Miss Hannigan was much gusto and fun, she was great.
There were lots of funny little additions in the story which I really enjoyed.
Although over two hours long this musical has a real feel good factor and we all loved it. My girls had only ever seen the film but they both said that although they liked the modernity of the film they thought the stage version outshone the film by a ‘mile’.
Tremendous casting and staging too, we loved it and sang our favourite ‘Tomorrow ‘ all the way home.
The Playhouse is easily reached by bus, train and has a pay on foot car park nearby.
Tickets cost from £12.50 to £49.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Annie is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 21 May 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3014.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA | 0844 871 3014