TO warm the cockles of your heart as the chill factor sets in, Annie returns to Sunderland tomorrow for a five-night run.
The heart-warming rags-to-riches musical, about an 11-year-old orphan’s quest to track down her real parents, is a family favourite, packed with such sing-along tracks as It’s A Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and, of course, Tomorrow.
Here, the ever cheerful Su Pollard – star of TV’s Hi-De-Hi and Gimme Gimme Gimme – once more adopts the scowl and scheming nature of Miss Hannigan who runs the New York orphanage where Annie is abandoned.
But the gutsy child gives her, and her devious brother, a run for their money as she embarks on an adventure that takes her to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks.
More than 35 years since its debut, the warm and funny musical – which has won numerous gongs, nine of them Tony Awards including Best Musical – remains as popular as ever.
With David McAlister, known for roles in Hollyoaks and Eastenders, also making a return as billionaire businessman Daddy Warbucks, the musical runs at Sunderland Empire from tomorrow until Saturday.
Call 0844 871 3022 or visit www.SunderlandEmpire.org.uk