Browsing category: Annie at the Grand Theatre

We were really excited to be invited to the Grand in Wolverhampton.  It's a theatre that we've never been to before but there are lots of reasons to visit.  Firstly it only took us 30 minutes by car from central Birmingham  and the train links are really good too.  Secondly the building itself is a lovely intimate three-tiered Victorian auditorium,which will soon be celebrating its 125th Anniversary.  Finally they've got some great shows on for all ages including  the production we saw, Annie.

I'm embarrassed to admit that Annie wasn't a story I knew so if you are just as clueless as me here's a quick round up of the story.  Annie is the tale of a feisty red-haired orphan, who is desperate to escape the evil clutches of the drunken orphange matron, Miss Hannigan.  She can't believe her luck therefore when she is chosen to spend the Christmas holidays at the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks.  Annie persuades Mr Warbucks to help her find her estranged parents but the search does not run smoothly.  Miss Hannigan and her brother try and sabotage Annie's attempt at happiness.  

There were many highlights to Annie.  One of these was the evil Miss Hannigan played by Anita Dobson .  Soap fans will remember her as the Queen Vic landlady Angie Watts in Eastenders.  Her energy, comedic timing and singing really added something special to the show. 

Another highlight was Annie herself.  She had the whole audience spell bound with her amazing vocals and her confidence acting alongside the grownups.  

 

Finally the orphans, Annie's friends were excellent.  It was so inspiring to see such a talented group of children performing.  They opened the show with such conviction  and  emotion and continued like this throughout the show. 

Annie was a really fantastic show full of iconic songs and a feel good story line.  We would definitely recommend you go and see it.  It runs until Saturday 23rd February. For tickets call 01902 429212 or visit www.grandtheatre.co.uk

  

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