Much-loved musical Annie returned to the stage in spectacular style on September 1 at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal, marking the start of what is set to be a successful four-month tour.
This uplifting tale of a humble orphan with a big heart is a family favourite full of charm. With fun, flawless dance sequences, familiar sing-alongs and charismatic characters it is easy to see why the show is so popular.
Most of the laughs were delivered by Su Pollard, who resumed her role as the devilishly comic, scene stealing Miss Hannigan. Her infectious energy was equalled by the exceptional cast, as they sang and danced their way into the hearts of the delighted audience.
Performers bowed out to rapturous applause from the audience, several of whom shared their thoughts about the show:
Tracey Shelbourn (38) said: “I’m finding it amazing; it’s just an inspiration seeing these children. They’re brilliant little actresses and they’re putting their hearts and souls into it. I’ve had a constant smile on my face throughout the whole thing. I’m blown away by it.”
Rachel Mitchell (39) said: “It’s my daughter’s first time at the theatre. She’s actually in the theatre school, so for her to watch [Annie] with some of her friends in it is nice. She’s really enjoying her first show.”
Deborah Coates (40) said: “We like listening to all of the favourites, all of the songs we know. The dance scenes are really good; they’re really professional.”
Christine Milnes (67) said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying it; it’s a very good production. The children are excellent. Su is great, she always is. You can’t fail with Su Pollard, can you?”
Annie will be showing at Lincoln Theatre Royal on Friday, September 2 at 7:30pm and on Saturday, September 3 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets are available from the box office and online.