A big thank you to the entire cast of Annie the Musical, who have made this gorgeous film, with exclusive backstage footage of the cast, to raise funds and awareness for Spread a Smile this Christmas.

You can donate to Spread a Smile via their Just Giving page.

Sophie Ayers and Katie Wasrsup, who make up part of the very talented Annie ensemble, said “Our team at Annie the Musical are touched by Spread a Smile as it is very close to our hearts. We  believe entertainment can brighten up even the darkest of days. We have created a little video of life backstage at Annie the Musical this Christmas in loving memory of Vanessa and to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause”.

Miranda Hart, who played Miss Hannigan in the production, features in the Christmas film. She said “We would be so grateful if you could donate to Spread a Smile. It’s an amazing charity that provides entertainment for terminally ill young people in hospital so it couldn’t be more important, particularly at this time of year.”

Spread a Smile co-founders, Josephine and Vanessa said “We are so touched and grateful to the entire team at Annie the Musical for choosing to raise funds for us this Christmas. The video is just lovely and the entire cast are of course very aware of the difference entertainment can make to a young child undergoing hospital treatment. Thank you so much to the entire cast for their support.”

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family.

Annie is playing at The Piccadilly Theatre until February 18th.