Samuel Butler once said: ‘The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.’ The same must be said of work on the stage. I remember long, long ago, in my own youth, seeking out the shows, in the then tiny Fringe programme, that were ‘classics’, but that I had never seen before. Anyone out there who hasn’t seen Anything Goes, I would urge you to visit this wonderfully concise version led by Rachel Rawlinson as a wonderfully worldly-wise Reno Sweeney.
This young, enthusiastic cast delivers classics such as ‘You’re the Top’, ‘Easy to Love’ and ‘It’s De-Lovely’ with energy and precision. The inclusion of ‘Easy to Love’ gives those who know the various guises of the Cole Porter ‘Songbook’ approach to the show a clue as to which version is being presented here.
The live band fairly bounces along, keeping the show vivacious and full of pace. The tricky space of Augustines is made to work well here, thanks to a robust set, giving the director plenty of scope to work with a range of levels.
* KD Theatre Productions