Following its highly successful sell-out run at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, the critically acclaimed Cole Porter classic ANYTHING GOES sets sail on a tour of the UK and Ireland from the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 29th January. The show stars Olivier Award nominees Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard) and Matt Rawle (Zorro) as leads Reno and Billy and features TV favourites, Benidorm star Hugh Sachs, The Bill’s Simone Rouse, and Midsomer Murders’ regular Jane Wymark.
ANYTHING GOES, directed by Daniel Evans, features a script from legendary Jeeves & Wooster creator PG Wodehouse and includes the timeless Porter classics I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely and, of course, Anything Goes, one of the most covered songs of all time. The show is a Sheffield Theatres and Stage Entertainment UK (previous credits include West End hits Hairspray, Sister Act and Singin’ in the Rain) co-production.
Rebecca Quigley, Producer for Stage Entertainment UK said, “I’m so thrilled to be sending this superb, vibrant, eye-popping production out across the country. For Daniel and his team to have produced something that feels so fresh and dynamic and yet plays to all the strengths of what is a classic piece of musical theatre is a huge achievement. I know audiences, whether it’s their first experience of the show or if they’re coming to fall in love with it all over again, will be on their feet night after night!”
When Billy Crocker discovers that his heart’s desire, debutante heiress Hope Harcourt is engaged to an English aristocrat, he stows away aboard the S.S. American to win her back. Aided by a string of eccentric passengers on board the luxurious transatlantic liner, can this web of love be untangled before they reach Southampton? Hop aboard for sassy heroines, mischievous mob bosses, comedy capers and tap dancing sailors in this hilarious tale of romance and hi-jinks on the high seas
Leading the multi-talented cast of over twenty five, are Debbie Kurup as Reno Sweeney and Matt Rawle as Billy Crocker; with Simon Rouse as Elisha Whitney and Zoë Rainey as Hope Harcourt. From Thursday 29 January to Saturday 4 April 2015 they are joined by Hugh Sachs as Moonface Martin and Jane Wymark as Evangeline Harcourt; and from 6 April 2015 onwards, by Shaun Williamson as Moonface Martin and Kate Anthony as Evangeline Harcourt.
The company also includes Michelle Andrews, Adam Dutton, Anouska Eaton, Jack Evans, Bob Harms, Victoria Hinde, Lauren Jade, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Joanna Lee Martin, Nick Len, Michael Lin, Dylan Mason, Stephen Matthews, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Rhys-Charles, Rohan Richards, Andy Yau and Alex Young.
Debbie Kurup was most recently seen as Nicki in the West End hit musical “The Bodyguard”, a role for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. Her other West End credits include Mimi in “Rent”, Velma in “Chicago” and “Sister Act”. Matt Rawle’s many West End credits include “Les Misérables”, “Miss Saigon”, “Martin Guerre”, “Evita”, “Cabaret” and “Zorro”, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His other credits include “Pippin” and the European Premiere of “The Light in the Piazza”. Simon Rouse is best known to TV audiences for playing Superintendent Jack Meadows in “The Bill” for 18 years. His most recent theatre credits include “The Full Monty” and “When We Are Married”, both in the West End. Zoë Rainey’s West End theatre credits include “Wicked”, “Hairspray” and “Parade” at the Donmar Warehouse. Her other credits include the World Premiere of the musical “Finding Neverland”.
Hugh Sachs is best known to millions of TV viewers as Gavin in ITV1’s hit comedy “Benidorm”. His other TV credits include “Housewife 49” and “The Catherine Tate Show”. His theatre credits include “Privates on Parade” and “Peter Pan”. Jane Wymark played Joyce Barnaby in the hugely successful “Midsomer Murders” on ITV1 for 13 years. Her theatre credits include “Medea” at the National Theatre and “Racing Demon” for Sheffield Theatres. Shaun Williamson is best known to millions of TV viewers as Barry Evans in BBC1’s “EastEnders”. His other TV credits include “Extras” and “Life’s Too Short”. His theatre credits include “Never Forget” and “Guys and Dolls”. Kate Anthony’s TV credits include Auntie Pam in “Coronation Street. Her theatre credits include “The Mousetrap” and “The Cherry Orchard”, both in the West End. She recently took the leading role in her latest film “Wavelengths”, which has already secured several industry awards.
ANYTHING GOES has Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman. Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City. ANYTHING GOES is Directed by Daniel Evans, Designed by Richard Kent, Choreographed by Alistair David with Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley. Lighting Design is by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design by Simon Baker with Musical Direction by Tom Brady
Director Daniel Evans is Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. As director, he previously directed This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production), The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver!, The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), My Fair Lady, Macbeth, Othello, Racing Demon as part of The David Hare Season and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season. As an actor, his previous work for the company includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. An award-winning actor and director, Evans’ work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) – a role for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination. His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre. Evans is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Wednesday 14th January 2015