Theatre – ‘Annie’ – a heartwarming story that everyone knows

October 1, 2009toOctober 31, 2009

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From its Broadway beginnings to the classic film musical, this heart-warming rags-to-riches story of Annie’s adventure; from a New York orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks; is a story that has been told all over the world for decades and will continue for many years to come.

The story revolves around 11 year-old Annie, who as an infant, was left on the steps of a New York Orphanage, with half a locket and a note from her parents. When the mean-tempered matron Miss Hannigan punishes the orphans, Annie runs away in search of her parents…

29 September – 3 October
Orchard Theatre, DARTFORD

  • Box Office: 01322 220000
  • Home Gardens, Darford. Kent. DA1 1ED

6 – 10 October
Royal Theatre, CASTLEBAR

  • Box Office: 0818 300 000
  • Old Westport Road, Castlebar. County Mayo.

13 – 17 October
Town House Theatre, HAMILTON

  • Box Office: 01698 452299
  • 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton. Lanarkshire. ML3 6HH

26 – 31 October
Llandudno Venue, CYMRU,

  • Box Office: 01492 872000
    The Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB

2 – 7 November
Grand Opera House, YORK

  • Box Office: 0870 6063595
  • Cumberland Street, York. YO1 9SW

10 – 14 November
The Millennium Forum, LONDONDERRY

  • Box Office: 028712 64455
  • Market Street, Londonderry. BT48 6EB

17 – 21 November
Alex Theatre, BIRMINGHAM

  • Box Office: 0870 607 7533
  • Station Street, Birmingham. B5 4DS

The Story
After years of the hard-knock life at the New York City Municipal Orphanage, 11-year-old Annie decides to run away to find her parents who left her with nothing but half of a silver locket and a written promise to return. Annie sneaks out of the orphanage and comes across Sandy, an abandoned mutt who becomes her fast friend and constant companion. Soon after her escape, the police catch up with Annie, and she is returned to the villainous orphanage director Miss Hannigan. In the meantime, Grace Farrell, personal secretary of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, pays a visit to the orphanage. Warbucks wants to invite an orphan to visit his mansion for the Christmas holiday, and though Miss Hannigan does everything in her power to discredit Annie, Grace is drawn to the girl and is determined to take her back to the mansion.

Once Annie arrives at the mansion, she is completely in awe of her new surroundings, along with the special treatment that she is receiving. Warbucks quickly feels a deep connection with the spunk and personality of the young girl and decides to take the night off to escort Annie on a grand tour of New York City. After spending the evening with her, Warbucks decides he wants to adopt her. When he announces his intentions to Annie, she begins to cry and explains her wish to find her parents. With this newfound information, Warbucks begins an extensive search for Annie’s parents, offering a reward to any couple who can prove that she is their daughter.

With plans to claim the reward money for her own, scheming Miss Hannigan hatches a plot with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lilly. Rooster and Lily disguise themselves as Annie’s parents, Ralph and Shirley Mudge, and they appear with Annie’s birth certificate, the other half of her locket, and plans to take her to New Jersey to live on a pig farm. Upon Warbucks’ request, the “Mudges” agree to let Annie spend one more night at the Warbucks mansion. They leave with a promise to retrieve her and the reward the next day. Feeling apprehensive, Warbucks calls in a favor from his personal friend President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the FBI investigates the Mudges’ authenticity. The next morning the truth is revealed – the Mudges are imposters and Annie’s real parents are unfortunately dead.

After hearing the news, Annie and Warbucks declare their love for each other as father and daughter. Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lilly are taken to jail and Annie introduces the rest of the orphans to her new Daddy Warbucks. She promises them they will all have a much better life in the future!

For more information:
www.theatre4u.co.uk/annie