Last Updated on 29th July 2021
Sutton Foster and the cast of Anything Goes are now in previews at London’s Barbican Theatre and we thought we’d share these great images.
One of the all-time greatest musicals Anything Goes will open this summer at London’s Barbican Theatre for a strictly limited 12-week season on Friday 23 July. Multi-award-winning actor and Broadway star Sutton Foster will reprise her Tony Award-winning role of Reno Sweeney, and Tony, Olivier & BAFTA Award Winner Robert Lindsay (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Moonface Martin. They will join Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Felicity Kendal (The Good Life), also making her West End musical debut as Evangeline Harcourt and leading West End musical actor Gary Wilmot (Chicago) as Elisha Whitney.
Producer Sir Howard Panter said: “We’re delighted to announce that Anything Goes – which truly is one of the greatest musicals of all-time – will open this summer at London’s Barbican Theatre on 23 July. Starring the incredible line-up of Sutton Foster, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot, this show is the perfect tonic for the West End following the last year of theatre closures and we can’t wait to set sail!”
This lavish production of Cole Porter & P.G. Wodehouse’s classic musical, featuring a full company of over 50 including a full-sized orchestra and even 14 tap-dancing sailors, will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award Winner Kathleen Marshall. Marshall’s Broadway production of Anything Goes was a major smash hit and received huge critical acclaim. The revival was nominated for nine Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards, winning Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography at both ceremonies. Now Marshall, in her West End directing debut, will reinvent this glorious musical for London audiences this summer in what is set to be the definitive version of this timeless classic.
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and the original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, Anything Goes will premiere at the Barbican Theatre from July to October and then embark on a UK tour.
The musical will also star Samuel Edwards (Les Misérables / Wicked) as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily Baisden (The Book of Mormon / Let’s Face The Music) as Hope Harcourt, Haydn Oakley (A Christmas Carol / An American in Paris) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Carly Mercedes Dyer (West Side Story/Chicago) as Erma.
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic featuring a collection of some of theatre’s most memorable songs – including ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘You’re the Top’, ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow’, ‘It’s De-Lovely’, ‘Friendship’ and ‘Buddie Beware’ – will take you back to the Golden Age of high society on the seas. Anything Goes is set to sail away with audiences all over again.