EVER since her role as a madcap chalet maid won our hearts, Su Pollard, it seems, can do no wrong.
Her sheer joie de vivre is infectious and even her wacky clothes sense is beyond criticism – in fact, the wackier the better as her various mix-and-match ensembles seem to capture her colourful personality.
That said, her latest role – which is bringing her to Sunderland Empire this week – could be a hard one to pull off in the eyes of her adoring public.
The blonde nutshell is about to turn nasty to play Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie.
A million miles away from chalet maid Peggy in award-winning TV comedy series Hi-De-Hi, the wicked Miss Hannigan is intent on terrorising the girls unfortunate enough to be living in her orphanage.
Su is, however, not quite a stranger to the bad girl role, having played such parts as the Wicked Queen in the panto Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, but her fans are usually more inclined to laugh than boo.
Su, who’s 60 in November, will no doubt prove expert at having them eat out of her hand, even if she does portray a heavy-drinking bully intent on making children’s lives a misery.
In the otherwise heartwarming rags-to-riches musical about the curly-haired girl whose adventures take her from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the actress – who’s helped cement her popularity with her role in TV’s Gimme Gimme Gimme – co-stars with David McAllister.
McAllister, playing the billionaire Warbucks, is himself a TV regular, with Hollyoaks, Eastenders, Mike Bassett TV and Brideshead Revisited all on his CV.
They promise to be a winning combination in a musical which has been a favourite with audiences since it made its debut 33 years ago.
Packed with such memorable songs as It’s A Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and, of course, Tomorrow, it opens at Sunderland Empire, appropriately, tomorrow and runs until Saturday.
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