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Meera Syal to play Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie

Meera Syal (Miss Hannigan)

Casting news

FROM November 27, 2017 until the show Annie completes its run at the Piccadilly Theatre on February 18, 2018, Meera Syal will play the role of Miss Hannigan.

Nikolai Foster’s West End production opened in May this year with Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan, while just last month Craig Revel Horwood joined the Company to play the role.

Following the conclusion of the West End run Annie will embark on a five week visit to the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

British comedian, actor and writer Meera Syal was last on stage earlier this year in a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) at the Royal Court Theatre where her previous credits include Serious Money and The Great Celestial Cow.

Her other theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet (Garrick Theatre), Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Rafta Rafta (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Menier Chocolate Factory), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria Theatre), My Girl (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Goodness Gracious Me (on tour).

Although on television she is best known for her work in the BBC’s comedy series The Kumars at No. 42 and Goodness Gracious Me, she has also appeared in Midsomer Murders, Broadchurch, The Boy in the Dress, Silk, Bollywood Carmen, Doctor Who, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Secretary Who Stole £4 Million, Linda Green and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee.

Her film credits include Absolutely Anything, Desert Flower, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Beautiful Thing, It’s Not Unusual as well as the forthcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. As a writer, her work includes My Sister Wife and Anita & Me. Syal was made an MBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2015.

Ruby Stokes (Annie) and Amber (Sandy) in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. Photo credit: Paul Coltas.

The West End Company of Annie also includes Alex Bourne (as Daddy Warbucks), Holly Dale Spencer (Grace Farrell), Jonny Fines (Rooster) and Djalenga Scott (Lily). The title role of Annie is shared by Madeleine Haynes, Lola Moxom and Ruby Stokes. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Amber, a 4 year-old Labradoodle, plays Annie’s dog Sandy.

Completing the adult company are 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.

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. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

Image (top): Meera Syal (Miss Hannigan).

Image (bottom): Ruby Stokes (Annie) and Amber (Sandy) in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. Photo credit: Paul Coltas.