Annie at Wales Millennium Centre Review

Everyone’s favourite red-headed orphan and her dog Sandy are back for a limited two-week run at Wales Millennium Centre and it’s the hottest ticket in town. 

Take a tip from us and end the summer holidays on a high with this all-singing, all-dancing spectacular that kids will absolutely love. From the moment the show bursts into action it’s a non-stop riot of pure joy. With a message of hope and optimism you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Annie is at Wales Millennium Centre from 19th – 31st August

Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood is the big name of the show, stepping into the dancing shoes of the wonderfully monstrous Miss Hannigan. One of the most underrated roles in musical theatre, surely it’s only a matter of time until she gets her own spin-off. Everyone knows the baddy always gets the best lines and since it’s restaging the show puts Miss Hannigan front and centre and Revel Horwood throws himself into the role with vigour and no tea, no shade, he slays it.  Those high notes honey, you go girl! 

If you’re a fan of the 1982 big-screen version of Annie, you’ll love this stunning production. As Annie puts the pieces of her life together, with subtle background music and clever staging the show evokes a brooding 1930s New York that sets the scene for the big set pieces we’re all waiting for. Hard Knock Life and Easy Street stand out and are worth the ticket price alone. 

Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan

Mia Lakha takes on the daunting role of Annie and she quite simply steals the show with a bold and confident performance that is a joy to watch. A little girl with a big voice, she’s on stage most of the time and is faultless throughout, inspirational and empowering, when she sings Maybe the audience is spellbound.

We can’t end without mentioning Sandy the dog. Yes, there’s a real dog on stage, her real name is Amber and she’s a Labradoodle, every time she comes on the audience loves it, but she’s unfazed by all the oohs and aahs.

This beloved rags to riches tale will inspire a whole new generation to dream about Tomorrow, we can’t recommend this show enough. It’s bold, bright and full of energy with everything you’d expect to see from an Annie revival. The perfect family treat. 

Box office: www.wmc.org.uk