"Feel Good factor is off the scale! A top notch production and outstanding cast. You must see Annie" Coast FM
"Heartwarming, faultless and fun! Go see it... Tomorrow!" Herald On Sunday
"Annie is wonderful. Heartwarming, toe-tapping, singalong fun." TV3
"Absolutely outstanding - we both left fully dressed with very big smiles from ear to ear." Newstalk ZB
"Loved it! Gorgeous and heart warming, and the orphans were incredible." Mediaworks
"What a show - slick, boisterous, classy, with excellent performances! I thought I was on Broadway" Radio New Zealand National
"It gives Broadway a good run for its money!" TV3
"An amazing production – the set, the singing, the lighting, the stars" NewstalkZB
"The set, costumes, singing, dancing and acting were FANTASTIC! AMAZING" Radio Live
"A performance that oozes enjoyment, fun and the best method of escapism since island holidays" Theatreview
"This was classic Annie, with the brilliant Su Pollard leading a high-class cast." TVNZ
"A completely uplifting experience. Magnificent cast, astonishing set." TV3
"An incredible show, awesome sets, anyone who loved the film will love the show." The Hits

David McAlister

Oliver Warbucks

A true all-rounder, David has enjoyed success in nearly every area of the entertainment industry over the last three decades, from opera at Covent Garden (Franco Zefferelli’s Pagliacci) to films (Who Dares Wins, Princess Daisy) to TV Comedy (Harry Enfield & Chums).

David has been appearing regularly on UK television in dramas such as: Brideshead Revisited, Dr Who, Lovejoy, The Chief, Dangerfield, Peak Practice, Pie in the Sky, Poirot, Top Buzzer, Hollyoaks (nominated as Best Villain in the British Soap Awards), Miss Marple, ‘Cor Blimey, Two Thousand Acres of Sky, Eastenders, The Bill and Holby Blue.

His voice is heard in BBC radio dramatisations (Lord of the Rings, Cold Comfort Farm, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Archers) and narrating audio books (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Wreck of the Titan, Laughing Gas, House in Flanders, HG Wells Ghost Stories). He also voices countless commercials, audio books and corporate narrations.

In London’s West End David has played the lead in The Mousetrap and was last seen as Ernest Simpson in Always (the musical biography of Edward and Mrs Simpson).  His other West End shows include The Sound of Music, PEG and A Month in the Country with Ingrid Bergman.  Other London theatre credits include the lead in Alan Ayckbourn’s Taking Steps, Noel Coward in Sheridan Morley’s Noel & Gertie opposite Joanna Lumley, and Kurt Weill in Ken Russell’s Weill & Lenya.

In 2005 David was invited to Qatar in the Middle East to take up the leading role in the new musical Aspire – To Be A Star.

Throughout 2008 he co-starred in the new production of Hello,Dolly! playing Horace Vandergelder in a UK National tour.  Most recently David has played a guest lead role in Doctors and the role of HHJ Grimes in Silk, both for the BBC; and played the lead (Tchaikovsky) in the film Love Story – The Triumph and Tragedy of Tchaikovsky.  

David has been playing his favourite role of Daddy Warbucks in the UK tour of Annie, visiting Hong Kong and Singapore with the show in 2012, and is delighted to be visiting New Zealand for the first time.

NZ Herald | Theatre Review

Talented locals join star-studded cast of much-loved children’s musical. In an age of diminished expectations Annie offers an unabashed celebration of the irrepressible optimism that fuels the American Dream. However unattainable that dream has become, its guiding principle, that getting rich is a good idea, makes perfect sense when voiced by an 11-year-old orphan determined… Read more.

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