Orphan Annie seen at Welwyn Garden City theatre

RARE Productions presents the musical Annie at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

RARE Productions presents the musical Annie at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

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THE story of orphan Annie will be entertaining lovers of musicals at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City later week.

The latest production from RARE Youth Musical Theatre will be the enduringly popular Annie, which will be presented at Campus West, in WGC, from Thursday, November 22 to Saturday, November 24.

Based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the original show opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for nearly 2,400 performances.

The UK production opened in 1978, with Sheila Hancock in the iconic role of Miss Hannigan.

It was revived in 1998 with Lily Savage, the alter ego of Paul O’Grady, in the role.

The story concerns Annie, an orphan who lives in an orphanage run by the very unpleasant Miss Hannigan.

Annie is invited to spend Christmas at the home of the billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks, and he offers to help Annie trace her parents, who Annie is convinced are still alive.

Despite some twists and turns along the way, everything ends happily.

The musical contains such well known songs as Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow, and will be performed by a talented and enthusiastic cast of more than 60 local young people.

Evening performances are at 7.30pm and there is an additional matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets can be obtained from the theatre box office on 01707 357117.

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