Annie "a glorious revival’- by Lizzi Long
Reviewed by Lizy Long
It is said to be ‘a glorious revival’ according to The Times and it most certainly was! Our evening started full to the brim with hopes of a colourful and exuberant West-End musical production and the official Annie tour did not disappoint us one bit.
Set in New York during the 1930s, Annie tells the story of a young orphan girl who has lived a miserable life under the care of Miss Hannigan played by ‘Birds of a Feather’ actress, Lesley Joseph. Annie’s luck changes when Grace Farrell, the secretary of a famous multi-billionaire called Oliver Warbucks turns up at the orphanage looking for a girl to come spend Christmas at Warbucks residence. Perfect as it all may seem to Annie, Hannigan soon hatches a plan to thwart Annie’s dreams of finding her real family. Yet, as you may expect, good triumphs evil and the tale ends happily ever after, sending you home with the wonderful feel-good factor everyone hopes for from a family musical.
The show was a treat for the eyes, filled with colour and great costumes. A big shout out goes out to the fabulous cast of children who played the orphans. They were fantastic and a real inspiration to all those budding thespians out there. Our favourite songs in the show were It’s a Hard Knock Life showcasing the exceptional talents of the children and NYC with its tap dancing routine and colourful costumes. My son said “Everyone seemed to be having lots of fun on stage, I really liked Miss Hannigan the best because she is funny.” Annie is a great story with lots of well-known songs throughout, it is definitely a fun and worthy theatre experience for all the family.
The Regent Theatre in Ipswich is a great venue for the show; the friendly staff made us feel welcome and spoke intentionally to my son about the show when we picked up our tickets adding to my son’s excitement of seeing his first professional show on tour from London. This was our first time at the Regent Theatre and the amenities, including the bar, toilets and much needed booster seat for younger children were easily found. Helpful and smiley staff were on hand at all times, reassuring parents bringing children to the theatre for the first time. I can honestly say that the theatre experience, aside from the show itself was brilliantly set up for the large family audiences expected for a show like Annie. Parking is available near the theatre but do make sure you get there early - it was incredibly busy!
Important Details -
- Dates - 5th to 9th November
- Venue - Regent Theatre, 3 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich
- Start Time - Various 2:30pm (Wed/Thurs/Sat) 7:30pm (Wed - Sat)
- Run Time - First half 1 hour / Second half 50 minutes
- Merchandise available. Programmes cost £7.
- Suitable for children - Recommended for 7+
- Car Parking available near the Theatre.