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Theatre REVIEW: Annie - ★★★★★

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

The smash-hit West End production of Annie, the world’s favourite family musical, comes to Edinburgh for one week only, starring Paul O’Grady as Miss Hannigan.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

With its Tony® Award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it!



Edinburgh Playhouse until 25th March - Part of UK Tour


Daniel (Age 13) - ★★★★1/2

"This was a great play, the acting and music were phenomenal, the story was gripping and my favourite character was the dog.

The funniest character was mrs haragen.

The set was cool and well made. My favourite song was “Tomorrow” and all the dance routines were amazing."

Overall this was a very good musical I believe anyone can enjoy."

Oliver (Age 11) - ★★★★

"It was a really good story, mrs Hannigan was my favourite, she was funny."

Hollye (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"I thought Annie was absolutely amazing, I loved knowing all the songs so I was singing along the whole way through. Paul O'Grady was amazing as miss hannigan, and I thought it was a fantastic final performance. The dancing and singing was amazing especially from the children who were all so talented at such a young age."

Mylo (Age 15) - ★★★★★

"Out of my respect for the amazing man that was Paul O'Grady I will start by saying that he was astonishing in this performance, bringing so much character to the role and bringing true comedy to the wonderful show that I saw, his life was incredible and my thoughts are with his family at this time of sadness but yet joy as we remember the life that was... In relation to my overall opinion of the show, simply wow, the music, the actors, the costumes, everything was created and executed to such a high standard and it really brought me happiness, it was light with its humour and convincing in its telling of such a remarkable story like Annie, there was even a real dog on stage who had clearly been very well trained! The child actors were superb and had such incredible vocal abilities that I was blown away. Moreover, the rest of the cast were also amazing and they worked really well together to bring to life a story that we all know so well. I loved every second of it!"

Stewart - ★★★★★

"And they say don't work with kids or animals. Pfft! Paul O'Grady ignores the advice and arrives in Edinburgh this week in this wonderful adaptation of the classical music. The "little girls, little girls" are fantastic (as is the dog!) and O'Grady somewhat in Lily Savage form chews the scenery as the loveably awful Miss Hanagen. The songs are always brilliant, it's fast moving, the show itself suffers from that little dip once Annie enjoys the good life with Daddy Warbucks but when the villains get to have their fun (including a knock out turn from Paul French as Hanagen's slippery con artist brother) it's downright brilliant. Don't miss it!"


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