Craig Revel Horwood to Replace Miranda Hart in Annie

Craig Revel Horwood will take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge will play the said role for ten weeks from 18th September to 26th November 2017. However, he will take Saturday nights off to fulfil his duties on Strictly.

Set in 1930s New York, the musical follows the story of Annie, who lives a miserable life at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

The part of Miss Hannigan gained popularity because of Carol Burnett’s portrayal in the 1982 film version of Annie. The film starred Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, orphan Annie’s benefactor.

Miranda Hart will perform as Miss Hannigan on Annie at Piccadilly Theatre until 17th September 2017. Photo courtesy of London Theatre.
Miranda Hart will perform as Miss Hannigan on Annie at Piccadilly Theatre until 17th September 2017. Photo courtesy of London Theatre.

About Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer, and theatre director. Although he has numerous theatre credits, his most famous work is being a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

In London’s West End, Craig choreographed for Spend Spend Spend and My One and Only; both of these productions earned him nominations for an Olivier Award for Best Choreography.

Internationally, he was part of productions such as Crazy For You (South Africa), and Fiddler on the Roof and Sweet Charity (Amsterdam and The Netherlands tour), among others.

What critics have to say about Annie

Annie has been running at the Piccadilly Theatre for more than two months now; it will continue to book shows until 18th February 2018.

What’s On Stage described the timeless story of Annie as having ‘a heart of gold but a structure of fine steel’. They also praised Miranda Hart’s West End debut performance, calling her ‘an attractive presence on stage’.

Meanwhile, The Times described the production as ‘slickly staged, buoyantly performed, [and] motored by cracking musical set pieces and an expert mixture of naïveté, whimsy, and wit.’