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Annie 2019 UK tour cast joining Anita Dobson and Craig Revel Horwood announced

The tour opens in Manchester in February 2019

Alex Bourne and Jenny Gayner
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK tour of Annie, which opens in February 2019.

Joining Anita Dobson and Craig Revel Horwood (who will both play Miss Hannigan during different stages of the 2019 tour) will be Alex Bourne as Oliver Warbucks (after playing the role in the West End), Richard Meek (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Jenny Gayner (The Girls) and Carolyn Maitland (Miss Saigon). The title role of Annie will be shared by Faye Katsande, Ava Smith and Freya Yates.

The cast is completed by Michael Anderson, Thomas Audibert, Andy Barke, Caroline Bateson, Daisy Boyles, Blaise Colangelo, Gary Davis, Ashleigh Graham, George Rae, Anne Smith, India Thornton, Matt Trevorrow, Amy West and Samuel Wilson Freeman.

Dobson will play the role of Miss Hannigan from 2 February to 27 April 2019 and Revel Horwood will return to play the role (after playing it in the West End) from 30 April to 6 July 2019.

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan, the musical about a red-headed orphan searching for her parents features songs including "It's the Hard Knock Life", "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow".

The touring production is directed by Nikolai Foster and has set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker.

It opens in Manchester on 2 February 2019 before touring to Wolverhampton, Oxford, Bristol, Chester, Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow, Bradford, Southampton, Plymouth, Llandudno, Nottingham, Southend, Sheffield, Woking, Dartford, Liverpool and Milton Keynes.