Putting the Hart into the West End
Published August 14, 2017
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.