Kathleen Marshall’s smash-hit London revival of Anythings Goes has announced a new cast, ahead of its return to the Barbican Theatre in 2022 for a limited 8-week summer season.
Kerry Ellis will take the lead as Reno Sweeney in the show, alongside British stage veterans Denis Lawson as Moonface Martin, Simon Callow as Elisha Whitney, and Bonnie Langford as Evangeline Harcourt.
The show will also see the return of 2021 cast members including Sam Edwards as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily as Hope Harcourt, Carly Mercedes Dyer as Erma, and Haydn Oakley as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
Lauded by critics as the “show of the year!” (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph), this spectacular revival was described as the “musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another” (The Times) and is “delightful, delicious, and as buoyant as helium” (Evening Standard). The also show proved a major hit with audiences members on their feet giving standing ovations night after night. The 2021 revival starred Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in her West End debut, alongside British favourites Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot.
The lavish production smashed multiple Box Office records at the Barbican Theatre including the single highest grossing performance week for a musical in the Barbican’s 39 year history and the highest sales across a weekend for a musical, as audiences flooded through the doors for the 15 week sold out season!
A recording of the show was also screened on BBC Two over Christmas (watch now on BBC iPlayer in the UK).
Prior to its London 2022 run the production will embark on a short UK tour visiting Bristol (11-16 April 2022), Liverpool (20-30 April 2022), Edinburgh (11-21 May 2022) and Canterbury (24 May – 4 June 2022).
Cole Porter and PG Wodehouse’s hit musical comedy is set on the SS Americana and follows two pairings that try to find love on the high seas. It features classic numbers such as “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “You’re the Top”, “It’s De- Lovely!” and “Anything Goes”.
Marshall’s 2011 Broadway revival which starred Sutton Foster was nominated for nine Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards, including Best Actress in a Musical and Best Director of a Musical. The UK revival is sure to be an awards contender at the 2021 Olivier Awards.
Anything Goes will run from 15 July 2022 until 3 September 2022 at the Barbican Theatre, London.