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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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Anchors Aweigh - again!

Winner of Olivier Award 2022 for Best theatre Choreography!

Start packing your bags - It's time to board the S.S. American once again!

Start packing your bags - It's time to board the S.S. American once again! Cole Porter and P.G. Woodhouse's classic Broadway caper is back and bigger than ever in this brand new production from Kathleen Marshall. This reimagined version of her Tony-winning 2011 spectacular returns to the Barbican Centre in 2022, starring Kerry Ellis, Simon Callow, Dennis Lawson and Bonnie Langford! Expect more hijinks, gags, schemes, and more when this gloriously escapist high-sea saga sets sail! 

Bursting from port to starboard with a plethora of Porter's most beloved tunes, including 'It's DeLovely',' I Get A Kick Out Of You' and the unforgettable title track 'Anything Goes', the iconic musical first premiered across the pond in 1934, before transferring to London the next year. At the 2022 Olivier Awards, Anything Goes received nine Olivier Award nominations, the iconic musical ended up taking home the award for Best Theatre Choreography (Kathleen Marshall). 

What is the story?

Anything Goes has it all, a love triangle, mistaken identity, and enough razzle-dazzle song and dance numbers to keep even musical-theatre-naysayers entertained. A bumpy journey over the Atlantic ensues when lovelorn stowaway Billy Crocker, a wall street broker, falls in love at first sight with a beautiful broad he shared a taxi with. It turns out the object of his affection is American debutante Hope Harcourt, who's setting sail on the SS American with her betrothed. With the help of the ship's showgirls and sailors, Billy pulls out all the stops to win her over, leaving chaos and mischief in his wake.

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Performance date: 1 January 1970

Cast and Creative


Kerry Ellis as Reno Sweeney
Dennis Lawson as Moonface Martin 
Simon Callow as Eli Whitney
Bonnie Langford as Mrs. Harcourt


Carly Mercedes Dyer
Haydn Oakley
Nicole-Lily Baisden
Samuel Edwards 


Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by P.G Woodhouse, Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse with revisions by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Set design by Derek McLane
Lighting design by Neil Austin
Sound design by Simon Baker
Musical supervision by Stephen Ridley


Olivier Award Nominations 2022
Best Musical Revival 
Best Actress in a Musical - Sutton Foster
Best Actor in a Musical -  Robert Linsday
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Carly Mercedes Dyer
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Gary Wilmot
Best Director - Kathleen Marshall
Best Theatre Choreography
Best New Orchestrations
Best Costume Design

Oliver Awards 2022
Best Theatre Choregraphy


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