Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cast Announced For Anything Goes

Anything Goes
Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Anything Goes, the Sheffield Theatres production of Cole Porter's classic musical comedy, is coming to the Liverpool Empire from Monday March 16-Saturday March 21, and Stage Entertainment, in association with Sheffield Theatres, are delighted to announce the full casting for the show.

Leading the 26-strong cast of 26 will be Debbie Kurup as Reno Sweeney and Matt Rawle as Billy Crocker. They are joined by Hugh Sachs as Moonface Martin and Jane Wymark as Evangeline Harcourt with Simon Rouse as Elisha Whitney and Zoë Rainey as Hope 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”.

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.

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”.

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?

Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of music and dance includes the magnificent songs I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely and Anything Goes. 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.

Anything Goes has music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the Original Book is by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and the New Book is by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, Anything Goes is directed by Daniel Evans, with design by Richard Kent, choreography by Alistair David and musical supervision by Nigel Lilley. Lighting design is by Tim Mitchell, sound design is by Simon Baker and musical direction is 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 Musical and Drama.

Anything Goes runs in the Liverpool Empire Theatre from Monday March 16-Saturday March 21. For ticket information, click here.

You can learn more about Anything Goes by clicking here.

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