Lead casting has been announced for the upcoming Anything Goes tour and London run.
Following a London run last year, the show will be hitting the road this spring before returning to the West End in the summer.
The cast will be led by Kerry Ellis (Wicked/We Will Rock You) as Reno Sweeney with Denis Lawson (Bleak House/Star Wars) as Moonface Martin.
Joining them are Simon Callow (Art/Death in Paradise) as Elisha J. Whitney and Bonnie Langford (EastEnders/9 to 5) as Evangeline Harcourt.
Also announced for the cast are Samuel Edwards (Les Misérables) as Billy Crocker, Carly Mercedes Dyer (A Chorus Line) as Erma, Nicole-Lily Baisden (The Book of Mormon) as Hope Harcourt and Haydn Oakley (A Christmas Carol) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
Joining them will be Carl Au as Luke, Trev Neo as John, Clive Hayward as Ship’s Captain and Cornelius Clarke as Ship’s Purser.
Completing the cast are Jessica Buckby, Natalie Chua, Eamonn Cox, Jacob Fisher, Selina Hamilton, Maddie Harper, Eu Jin Hwang, David Kar-Hing Lee, Billie-Kay, Sammy Kelly, Anna McGarahan, Perry O’Dea, Tom Partridge, Christopher Short, Jack Wilcox, Alexandra Wright, Josh Barnett, George Beet, Gabrielle Cocca and Emily Ormiston.
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 begin performances in April 2022 in Birmingham.
The tour will have dates in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and Canterbury ahead of a run in London at the Barbican Theatre from 25 June.
The production is director & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Jon Morrell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Jonathan Deans and music supervision from Stephen Ridley.
A teaser for the show shares: “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.”