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Anita Dobson joins Annie

The classic New York musical will play the Opera House Manchester from February 2019.

Anita Dobson is Miss Hannigan in Annie - Credit Matt Crockett Dewynters.
Anita Dobson is Miss Hannigan in Annie - Credit Matt Crockett Dewynters.

The Palace Theatre and Opera House Manchester have confirmed Anita Dobson is to star as Miss Hannigan in the forthcoming production of Annie.

The musical recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015-16, as well as a recent sell-out season in Toronto.

As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson created one of the most popular characters in television, winning numerous awards. Her West End theatre credits include Madame Morrible in Wicked, Mama Morton in Chicago, Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Mille, Chris in Calendar Girls, Joan Crawford in Bette and Joan and Nancy in Frozen at the National Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Award. Her film credits include London Road.

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 at the Opera House Manchester from 2nd – 16th February 2019. Book online at manchestertheatres.com or call the Box Office on 0844 871 3018.

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