Hit Broadway musical Annie is to close in January (14) to allow producers time to plan for a national tour and the release of the movie version of the show next Christmas (14).

The show opened at the Palace Theatre in November, 2012, and when the curtain comes down on the production on 5 January (14), it will have played 487 performances and 38 previews.

The production will launch a U.S. national tour in the 2014-2015 theatre season and the film version, starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, will hit the big screen in America five days before Christmas Day, 2014.