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Anything Goes this Christmas

 

 

The Barbican production of Anything Goes will be shown on BBC television this Christmas, having received rave reviews since it opened earlier this year.

Cole Porter's classic musical 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".

Playing on BBC Two on Boxing Day at 6.40pm, the film stars Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney, alongside Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin, Felicity Kendal as Evangeline Harcourt and Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney. This smash hit musical was filmed during its acclaimed run at the Barbican this summer, which broke box office records, even more of an achievement amongst the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as on BBC Two, Anything Goes will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

For this 2021 production Kathleen Marshall, who directed and choreographed the 2011 Broadway revival, headed up a creative team that also includes set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Jon Morrell, music director and supervisor Stephen Ridley, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Jonathan Deans, orchestrator Michael Gibson (with additions by Bill Elliott) and wig designer Campbell Young.

Dance arrangements were by David Chase, vocal arrangements by Rob Fisher, associate direction by Ian Waller, associate choreography by Carol Lee Meadows, associate set design by Ben Davies, associate costume design by Jan Bench, associate musical direction by Mark Aspinall, associate production management by Tom McEvilly and props supervision by Mary Halliday and Lisa Buckley.

The production will return for a new tour and Barbican run in 2022, ready to delight audiences again.