Dinnerladies actor stars alongside 38 kids at West Yorkshire Playhouse

MEET THE FAMILY: Duncan Preston and the youngsters from Annie.

MEET THE FAMILY: Duncan Preston and the youngsters from Annie.

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DINNERLadies star, West Yorkshire-born stage and screen actor Duncan Preston, is to play one of the stage’s most famous dads in Leeds.

The actor, who was last seen playing the famous father Atticus Finch in the stage version of To Kill A Mockingbird, is taking on the role of another famous father, warm-hearted billionaire Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s spectacular Christmas production of Annie.

Duncan takes the loveable Annie into his home and eventually his heart. The Bradford-born stage and screen actor, who was seen regularly in Victoria Wood’s smash-hit comedies such as Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques, was most recently on our screens as Doug Potts in ITV’s Emmerdale.

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Annie will be Duncan’s second musical after his performance in Victoria Wood’s Olivier award-winning Acorn Antiques The Musical in London’s West End.

Duncan will be joined by 38 young performers from across Yorkshire who successfully won a part in this family Christmas production at open auditions held during the summer.

Over 400 girls auditioned to become Annie or one of the Orphans and 38 lucky girls will be treading the boards alongside Duncan this festive season.

Annie is determined to find her parents and escape the clutches of the liquor-loving orphanage matron Miss Hannigan.

Resilient, inventive and willing to try anything, the lovable Annie gets lucky when a chance meeting with Manhattan billionaire Oliver Warbucks’ personal secretary results in an invitation to spend Christmas at his mansion.

Won over by Annie’s adorable charm Warbucks will do anything to make her happy, even if that means losing her to her real parents.

Featuring songs such as It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, Easy Street and Fully Dressed this is the first new UK production for a decade. Directed by Nikolai Foster and designed by Colin Richmond, it is set in the midst of America’s Great Depression of the 1930s, reuniting the team behind last year’s A Christmas Carol.

For tickets, visit www.wyp.org.uk or call 0113 213 7700.

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