‘I love this character’ Strictly star set to perform in Annie at the Sunderland Empire

Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel Horwood will be playing the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie, at the Sunderland Empire this Autumn.

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The UK and Ireland musical theatre production of Annie, will be heading to the Sunderland Empire this Autumn, with a familiar face starring in a lead role.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is the familiar face in question, and the 58-year-old is starring as Miss Hannigan in the show.

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Revel Horwood, who has been a judge on BBC celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing since its beginning in 2004, has many musical theatre credits to his name, and has starred as Miss Hannigan in Annie previously, on the West End.

Speaking to the Sunderland Empire, Revel Horwood explained his return to the role, as he said: “I just love this character so much; I am deeply in love with her. I think she is absolutely fantastic and an extremely misunderstood woman.

“Playing her is like an actor’s playground, she is a tyrant and a villain, and those are always the most fun characters to play.”

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Set in New York during the 1930s, the plot of Annie focuses on a young girl living in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan, who is given the opportunity to spend Christmas with a famous billionaire, while on the search for her birth parents.

The well-loved story, which originated on the stage, also made the leap to the silver screen, with three movie versions released in 1982, 1999 and 2014, as well as a live television special in 2021.

Speaking on what the Sunderland Empire audience can expect from Annie, Revel Horwood explained: “Number one – entertainment, number two – a shock! Number three, some great singing, dancing and acting because we’ve got such a brilliantly talented cast, and of course all of the incredible songs that they know and love.”

Craig Revel Horwood will be starring as Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Sunderland Empire.Craig Revel Horwood will be starring as Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Sunderland Empire.
Craig Revel Horwood will be starring as Miss Hannigan in Annie at the Sunderland Empire.

Annie will be at the Sunderland Empire from Monday, October 2 until Saturday, October 7. Tickets start from £13, and depend on seat location. To find out more or to purchase tickets, please visit ATG Tickets.