Bristol Theatre News

Anything Goes Comes to Bristol Hippodrome

Last year’s smash hit production of Anything Goes, is not only returning to the Barbican Theatre this year, it’s also going out on a UK tour and opening in Bristol. That’s right, the Cole Porter musical which took London by storm last year will be launching its tour at the Bristol Hippodrome in April 2022, bringing with it a sensational cast.

So far, casting has been announced as Kerry Ellis as Reno Sweeney, Denis Lawson as Moonface Martin, Simon Callow as Elisha Whitney and Bonnie Langford as Evangeline Harcourt.

The show features a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman with direction and choreography from Kathleen Marshall.

The much-loved high society musical tells the story about the course of true love, set on the S.S. American, with some bonkers antics along the way and an ensemble cast of singing sailors.

It includes some of musical theatre’s most well known songs including: I Get A Kick Out of You, Anything Goes, Blow, Gabriel, Blow and Its De-Lovely.

Last year’s run at the Barbican Theatre broke venue box office records, with similar demand expected in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Canterbury and Manchester.

West End star Kerry Ellis, will be making a welcome return to the Bristol stage. She says: “I am so excited to be taking on the role of Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes this summer. This glorious show is classic musical theatre at its very best. Reno is an iconic character in musical theatre. I can’t wait to get my tap shoes on and share this fabulous musical with audiences up and down the country.”

Additional casting includes Samuel Edwards, reprising his role as Billy Crocker, alongside Carly Mercedes Dyer as Erma, Nicole-Lily Baisden as Hope Harcourt and Haydn Oakley as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.


Kathleen Marshall – Director & Choreographer
Derek McLane – Set Designer
Jon Morrell – Costume Designer
Hugh Vanstone – Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans – Sound Designer
Stephen Ridley – Music Supervisor

Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

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