Louise English 2004 shows including 'Annie The Musical UK Tour', 'How The Other Half Loves' and 'Annie The Musical' at the Genting International Showroom near Kuala Lumpur.














With Louise English as Teresa

British Theatre Playhouse, Singapore; 27-30 April

Louise was invited to Singapore as a guest of the British High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Alan Collins CMG, to star as Teresa (Terry) Phillips in the Alan Ayckbourn farce, How The Other Half Loves.

A direct descendant of the drawing room farces written by Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde, this insightful and witty comedy explores the relationship of three suburban couples after two of the spouses attempt to cover up their short-lived affair by telling their respective spouses the third couple are the ones having marital difficulties. The play includes an ingenious set; two houses share one space, letting characters simultaneously take part in two scenes on two different nights! Written with nuance and intelligence, Ayckbourn once again shows why he is one of the most brilliant playwrights of recent times.

Louise's co-stars included Louise Jameson from the hit television show EastEnders; Royal Shakespeare Company veterans John McAndrew and Nigel Anthony; Richard Denning and Charlotte Chiew. 

How the Other Half Loves was produced by John Faulkner and Cecilia Leong-Faulkner for the British Theatre Playhouse.  David Warwick directed and Katy Tuxford was the designer.

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With Louise English as Grace Farrell

28 May to 17 June 2004 in Genting, Malaysia

23 August 2004 to 8 January 2005 — UK Tour


Rave reviews for Louise

"Louise English is a dynamo of energy." — The Sun - Malaysia

Louise English plays Grace Farrell "...with both charm and sophistication." — BBC Birmingham

"Louise English...sparkles as Grace Farrell." — Teesside Evening Gazette

"Louise English...plays Grace Farrell to perfection." — Grimsby Telegraph

"Louise English was grace itself." The Scotsman


Annie The Musical is a heartwarming and entertaining musical to be enjoyed by the whole family.

The story of Annie The Musical revolves around 11 year-old Annie, who as an infant, was left on the steps of a New York orphanage, with a note and half a locket. Annie runs away from the orphanage, and the mean-tempered matron Miss Hannigan, in search of her parents.

Annie arrives at the mansion to be greeted by Oliver Warbucks, a powerful businessman. He had expected the orphan to be a boy, and is puzzled by the prospect of dealing with a little girl, yet he immediately feels a connection with Annie. A week later, Warbucks decides to adopt Annie, but promises her that he will first make every effort to find her real parents.

Annie and Warbucks appear on a radio show on which Warbucks offers $50,000 to anyone who can prove they are Annie's parents. With Miss Hannigan's help, her brother Rooster, an ex-con, and his floozy girlfriend Lily, they scheme to claim the reward.

Warbucks along with Annie, visits the White House where President Roosevelt and Warbucks discuss the depressing economic situation. Annie's enthusiasm inspires the President. Meanwhile, hundreds of people claim to be Annie's parents but none of them can provide proof of Annie's beloved locket.

Warbucks moves to adopt Annie but before it is finalised, Rooster and Lily appear in disguise with the other half of Annie's locket. Warbucks calls on Roosevelt to check the claim. Investigation reveals them to be imposters and they, along with Miss Hannigan, are hauled off to jail.

Happiness reigns as Sandy is returned, Warbucks proposes to Grace, and they all look forward to a brighter tomorrow.

This wonderful musical features such classic songs as: "Tomorrow", "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile", "It's A Hard Knock Life", "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here", "NYC", "You Won't Be An Orphan For Long", and many more favourites.

Louise's co-stars at the Genting International Showroom included Faye Spittlehouse as Annie, Simon Masterton-Smith as Oliver Warbucks, Christina Thornton as Miss Hannigan, Matthew Hewitt as Rooster, Amanda Sim as Lily St. Regis, and Christopher Marlowe as President Roosevelt.  The show was produced by SW Show Productions of Kuala Lumpur.

Louise once again teamed with the delightful Su Pollard in the four-month 2004 UK tour. James Smillie co-starred as Daddy Warbucks, Matthew Hewitt as Rooster, Melody Jones as Lily St. Regis, and Christopher Marlowe as FDR. Stacey Hunt and Emma Hopkins shared the role of Orphan Annie. Annie The Musical was produced by Chris Moreno, directed by Chris Colby, and choreographed by David Kort.

ANNIE - 2004 Tour Schedule: (The Week Of: Venue)

  • 25 August: Kings Theatre, Glasgow

  • 31 August: Milton Keynes Theatre

  • 7 September: Theatre Royal Norwich

  • 13 September: Theatre Royal Nottingham

  • 21 September: Hull New Theatre

  • 27 September: Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

  • 4 October: Princess Theatre, Torquay

  • 11 October: New Wimbledon Theatre

  • 18 October: Buxton Opera House

  • 25 October: Billingham Forum

  • 22 November: Grand Opera House, York

  • 30 November: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

  • 7 December: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

  • 13 December-8 January: Tameside Hippodrome

Click to view the Annie The Musical Gallery and Reviews.

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