Putting the Hart into the West End

When it was first announced that Miranda Hart would be taking the role of Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie, I knew I’d have to go and see it. Annie isn’t one of my favourite musicals – children and animals and all that jazz – but the chance to see Miranda in her first stage musical role was too good to pass up. Thus, I rocked up to the Picadilly Theatre one Saturday to see how it all went down.

Miranda was, naturally, the star of the show, and I loved her take on Miss Hannigan – not exactly evil but clearly an unpleasant person with no sensitive side, and a fondness for the bottle. She played it to perfection, a comical character but nowhere near the almost clown-like sitcom that I love so much. She can sing too, and dance, although the Easy Street number did perhaps show an unfair comparison between the musical actors and the comedic ones.

I was blown away by how good the voice was of the Annie I saw. There are three teams of kids, but I suspect they all have the same amount of talent. Funny, earnest, an incredible voice, and completely commanding the stage at that young age, it was an impressive feat. I particularly liked Mr Warbucks, though, Alex Bourne doing a great job as the stern businessman with a secret heart of gold.

All in all, it didn’t necessarily endear me to the musical any more than I was before, but it was a brilliant rendition of it with plenty of talented people. Miss Hannigan is being taken over by Craig Revel Horwood soon, and whilst I don’t think I’ll go back to see that, I can imagine that’s also going to be a sight to behold.