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Fri 6 Jun 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 7 Jun 2014, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 7 Jun 2014, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 8 Jun 2014, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 8 Jun 2014, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: sandra roberts

Everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan has arrived in New Zealand. The acclaimed UK production of Annie – one of the best-loved musicals of all time - has opened at the St James Theatre to rave reviews.

What a show - slick, boisterous, classy, with excellent performances from the whole cast! I thought I was "on Broadway". Radio New Zealand National

I thought the show was gloriously good fun. Thoroughly entertaining for young and old! And gosh doesn't Sue have fab pins? Impressive stuff! The Hits

Fabulous family entertainment and a terrific showcase of the next generation of kiwi talent. fairfax media

What an amazing production – the set, the singing, the lighting, the stars (Su Pollard shines), Annie and our great kiwi orphan kids, and of course the mesmerising performance of Sandie the dog – WOW. NewstalkZB

"A full-on production with scenery, costumes and effects that one doesn't expect to see in a touring show" Dominion Post

The set, costumes, singing, dancing and acting were fantastic! What an amazing cast! Radio LIve

"I was blown away. The talent was outstanding and the costumes were amazing. There was a level of professionalism that younger members of the cast brought to the stage. Amelia Walshe was an excellent Annie, playing her part with confidence." Wainuiomata News

It is a performance that oozes enjoyment, fun and general positivity. This is a cast who clearly love the heck outta their work. It's the best method of escapism since the invention of magazines and island holidays. I feel ten years old again and possess the same amount of optimism. Theatreview

The show features a host of familiar faces from British TV and stage, as well as young New Zealand actresses who alternate the role of Annie alongside, and her fellow orphans.

Leading the stellar cast is the UK’s hilarious star of stage and screen, Su Pollard, and David McAlister, a veteran of the West End stage and TV dramas.

Perhaps best known for her brilliantly funny portrayal of Peggy in the hit BBC TV series Hi-de-Hi!, Su Pollard will play the dastardly, gin-soaked Miss Hannigan, headmistress of the hard-knock New York City Municipal Orphanage. The BAFTA Award-winning Hi-de-Hi! was a prime time favourite on UK television for eight years in the 1980s, turning its cast into household names. Hi-de-Hi! is currently screening on Sky TV’s Jones channel.

Playing the kindly billionaire businessman Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks is David McAlister. David has enjoyed success in nearly every area of the entertainment industry from opera at Covent Garden (Franco Zefferelli’s Pagliacci) to his own cabaret show at London’s Ritz Hotel; from TV comedy (Harry Enfield & Chums) to TV classics (Brideshead Revisited); from radio drama (The Archers, The Lord of the Rings) to TV drama (The Bill, Miss Marple, Doctor Who); from film (Who Dares Wins) to the hugely popular British TV soaps including Eastenders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, for which he was nominated Best Villain.

Making a welcome return to New Zealand is MiG Ayesa in the role of Rooster - Miss Hannigan’s scheming brother. MiG was last seen on these shores in the lead role of Galileo Figaro in the hit musical We Will Rock You in 2007, following his success in the hit TV show, Rock Star: INXS. MiG has performed in many West End and Broadway musicals including Rent, Rock of Ages and Thriller Live.

Playing the role of former US President Franklin D Roosevelt is Frazer Hines, best known as Joe Sugden in Emmerdale for 22 years, and with 117 episodes as the Doctor’s assistant in Dr Who to his credit. Also joining the cast are two stars from the hit BBC TV comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo - Sue Hodge, who played waitress Mimi Labonq for five years, and John D Collins who played Flying Officer Fairfax for ten years.

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