The producers of a brand new production of Annie today announced that Elaine C Smith will join the tour to star as Miss Hannigan when the show comes to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre in May 2016.
Annie begins a week-long run at HMT on Monday 9 May 2016, and tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
APA spokesman Andrew Raffan said “I know Aberdeen audiences regard Elaine with affection and awe, so we are sure that they will be delighted to welcome her back to the His Majesty’s Theatre stage.”
Elaine C Smith joins Alex Bourne as ‘Oliver Warbucks’, Holly Dale Spencer as ‘Grace Farrell’, Jonny Fines as ‘Rooster’ and Djalenga Scott as ‘Lily’. The company also includes James Alan- Evans. Lewis Bradley, Nic Gibney, Sinead Kenny, Michael Lin, Alice Liveing, Megan Louch, Callum McArdle, Benjamin Mundy, Steven Oliver, Heather Scott-Martin, Anne Smith, Kate Somerset How. Sharing the title role of ‘Annie’ will be Madeleine Haynes, Isabella Pappas and Sophia Pettit. Joining them will be Asha Banks, Rosanna Beacock, Chloe Bowes, Connie Burgess, Claudia Carlier, Jessica Cartledge, Scarlet Churchhouse, Scarlett Flannery, Ashley Goldberg, Mia Hope, Amelia Love Coleman, Lissy Mant, Daisy Parry, Natasha Raphael, Nikoo Saeki, Liani Samuel, Kate Woodman and Tegan Williams.
Aberdeen’s panto queen has already been confirmed to return for her seventh year running to lead the cast in Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan.
Elaine C Smith is probably best known for her enduring portrayal of ‘Mary Nesbitt’ in ten series of the BBC hit sitcom “Rab C Nesbitt”. Her other TV credits include “City Lights”, her own television series and specials “Elaine”, Kay Mellor’s “The Syndicate” and the hugely successful “Burdz Eye View” for STV.
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…
With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’.
“Annie” is directed by Nikolai Foster, set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker. “ANNIE” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. “ANNIE” is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.