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Review: Annie at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre

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Su Pollard was made for the role of old soak Miss Hanigan.

Annie,

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Su Pollard was made for the role of old soak Miss Hanigan.

The former Hi-de-Hi star squeezed every drop of comedy from the character in a wonderfully energectic production.

The dangers of working with children and animals are well documented but the actress fed off both and brought many laughs as she tormented her charges before her inevitable downfall.

Annie is a timeless tale, and its backdrop of depression, unemployment and poverty has a familiar ring in today's economic climate.

But this show is all about hope and optimism, rattling through its familiar songs including its anthem Tomorrow.

The title role of Annie was performed note perfect throughout by the accomplished Victoria Sian Lewis.

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At the other end of the age scale was 80-year-old Audrey Leybourne, a former Roly Poly who played the housekeeper Mrs Pugh.

Annie is a real family show that continues to charm. This production allows the classic story – and its music – to speak for itself.

Runs until Saturday.

Review by Mark Drew.

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