Despite living close to and working in London, whenever I get the choice of a night out or a weekend of fun, it’s always my go-to.
With amazing architecture and restaurants, cool bars and an endless supply of activities, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to planning a day or night out in the Big Smoke, however, one thing we never seem to opt for is going to the theatre. There’s no real reason for this, it’s just not something that ever springs to mind.
I think I could count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been to the theatre in my lifetime – The Importance of Being Earnest, Betty Blue Eyes, Jersey Boys, a panto and a Sooty & Co show which I still remember so well despite being pretty young when we saw it. (We were up in the high seats and could see the man with his hand up the puppets’ backsides, but it was still bloomin’ magical as far as we were concerned).
I decided some months ago that I wanted to start having more adventures and experiencing more things, so when Box Office UK told me they had a couple of theatre tickets with my name on them, I was chuffed – try something new in October? Tick that box!
The show we were off to see was Annie, a well-known story with an almost cult-like following as it reminds so many people of watching the film version as kids. I, however, had never seen the film and wasn’t really sure what it was about, other than a feisty ginger girl, a person-type I identify strongly with as a fellow mouthy ginge… I was fully ready to spend the evening in the company of one of my own.
My normal uniform for work is super-casual with jeans, converse and a jumper/tee of some kind as I do a lot of lifting and carrying, but on this particular Friday, I pushed the boat out and wore my red frilled-sleeve top (c/o LOTD) and some black jeans.
Finishing work on the Friday evening, we stopped off for dinner at Prezzo, before wandering down to the Piccadilly Theatre and finding our seats.
Down in the stalls we had a great view of the stage; unfortunately difficult to take a photograph of though as there was a thin veil of theatrical smoke hanging in the air which the lighting was bouncing off of and when the show starts you aren’t allowed to take photographs, but, trust me, it was great and we were pleasantly close to the stage.
The show itself was incredible. Having never seen any representation of the storyline before, it was brand new for me and I really enjoyed it; a tale of ‘pauper to princess’ is always a classic and surefire crowd pleaser!
Miss Hannigan was played by Craig Revel-Horwood and, I have to say, we were both surprised by how good he was! By the end, we had totally forgotten who it was behind the costume and make-up, and he’s got a good set of lungs on him, hitting all the right notes in his musical parts.
As for the child actors – wow. I cannot fault them. They were energetic, well-engaged with each other, their comedic timing was perfect, and their singing and dancing was spot-on. I was particularly impressed with how the little girl playing Annie managed to multi-task, carrying out her required lines and actions whilst offering treats to and engaging with the dog that played Sandy.
(Yes, there’s a dog in the cast and it was my favourite actor of the night. 10/10 for professionalism. 15/10 for cuteness).
Having seen Annie, I definitely want to go to the theatre more often. A few hours on a night out, with snacks and a drink from the bar, watching people perform a story using a talent that so few of us have, is really something special.
Thank you Box Office UK for treating us to a night out and for opening my eyes to just how good the theatre is – I’m 100% going to see more shows in the future!
If you fancy going to see Annie yourself, you can grab yourself some tickets here with seats priced from £48.00 – £141.00).
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