Craig Revel Horwood to Don Drag as Miss Hannigan in New ANNIE UK National Tour

Craig Revel Horwood will hit the road in the upcoming UK tour of ANNIE - as orphanage caretaker Miss Hannigan, it was announced today. This marks the first time the role has been played drag in any major production.

The tour will kick off on July 11, 2015 in Newcastle, where it will run through July 18. Additional dates, cast, and creative team will be announced shortly.

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The beloved score for ANNIE includes "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."

Craig is a well-known face on television in the UK and now, all over the world as a judge on all twelve series of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Strictly Come Dancing has won numerous awards including Broadcast Award for Best New Programme; TRIC Award for TV Entertainment Programme; RTS Award for Entertainment Programme; Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for Best Entertainment Programme and Best Performer for Bruce Forsyth; and a Festival Rose d'Or Award for Best Variety programme.

He was also a judge on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, Strictly Ice Dancing, Strictly African Dancing and appears regularly on BBC2's It Takes Two with Zoe Ball. He has also judged the New Zealand version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With the Stars, and has appeared on numerous television shows for TVNZ including The Good Morning Programme as a male panellist and Wheel of Fortune.

In 2012 Craig won the BBC 2 series Maestro at the Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act II of La Bohème at the Royal Opera House. He was also a grand finalist on the hit cooking show, Celebrity MasterChef and participated in and won Ready, Steady, Cook. Craig has also appeared on The Wright Stuff, The Paul O'Grady Show Christmas Pantomime 2008, Richard and Judy, Loose Women, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Something for the Weekend, Celebrity Weakest Link, Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong, The Royal Variety Show 2008, An Audience With Neil Diamond, Heston's Feast, Blue Peter, Hider in the House, The Big Finish with Graham Norton, Daily Cooks Challenge, Would I Lie to You?, Market Kitchen, Celebrity Juice, John Bishop's Britain, Fern, Scream if you Know the Answer, Pointless, Great Antiques Roadtrip, Lunch with Gino and Mel, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Magicians, Alan Carr Chatty Man, Be Your Own Boss, The Boyle Variety Performance, Room 101 and The Sarah Millican Television Programme.

In 2013 Craig wrote and directed a brand new show Strictly Confidential. It toured the UK starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing. He returned to the Watermill Theatre to direct and choreographThe Witches of Eastwick in July followed by Fiddler on the Roof UK Tour. Craig directed and choreographed the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour for the third time in 2014 as well as appearing as a judge.

In 2011 Craig directed and choreographed the UK tour of Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show and a new production of Chess for a UK national tour and subsequent transfer to Toronto. Previous credits as a theatre director/choreographer include Crazy for You (South Africa); West Side Story (Prince Edward); Miss Saigon (Drury Lane); Hey, Mr Producer! (Lyceum); Fiddler on the Roof (Amsterdam); Spend Spend Spend! (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible); Paradise Moscow (Opera North); Carmen (Holland Park); Titanic (Holland); Chess (Denmark); La traviata (Munich); Il trovatore (Rotterdam); My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Anything Goes and South Pacific (Grange Park Opera); Copacabana (Amsterdam/Demark); Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre); Bonheur (Lido du Paris); Der Kuhhandel (Bregenz Festival, Austria); Sweet Charity (Holland); Arms and the Cow (Opera North); Glanzlichter (Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin); How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (BBC1); Just the Two of Us (BBC1); The Ballet Boyz: Yumbo Vs Nonino (Festival Hall, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Die Csárdásfürstin (Theater und Philharmonie, Essen); The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour); Martin Guerre (Watermill Theatre); Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre and Comedy Theatre, West End); Spend Spend Spend! (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre).

Craig has written a book entitled Teach Yourself Ballroom Dancing for Hodder Education's famous Teach Yourself range worldwide, which has been available in all good bookstores since September 2005 and is now on its third reprint. Craig's sensational autobiography, All Balls and Glitter, was published in 2008 and a paperback edition with extra chapters is currently available. Craig's new book Tales from the Dancefloor was published in September 2013 and is available now.

Craig's West End performance credits include Cats, Miss Saigon and Crazy For You. His Australian performance credits include West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles and Me and My Girl.

Craig starred as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in 2009, The Hawth, Crawley in 2010 and The Orchard, Dartford 2011. He reprised his role at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe in 2012 and the Cliff's Pavilion, Southend in 2013. This Christmas he will be starring as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at The Orchard, Dartford.

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