Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans has announced the full cast for his production of Anything Goes at the Crucible which opens 8 December (previews from 28 November, and runs until 17 January), before touring the UK and Ireland, beginning at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29 January 2015. Debbie Kurup (Reno Sweeney) and Matt Rawle (Billy Crocker) lead the company with Stephen Matthews (Lord Evelyn Oakley), Zoë Rainey (Hope Harcourt), Simon Rouse (Elisha Whitney), Hugh Sachs (Moonface Martin) and Jane Wymark (Evangeline Harcourt).
Also in the ensemble are Michelle Andrews, Adam Dutton, Anouska Eaton, Jack Evans, Bob Harms, Victoria Hinde, Lauren Jade, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Michael Lin, Nick Len, Dylan Mason, Joanna Lee Martin, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Rhys-Charles, Rohan Richards, Andy Yau and Alex Young. When the production arrives at the Opera House in Manchester, the roles of Evangeline Harcourt and Moonface Martin will be played respectively by Kate Anthony and Shaun Williamson.
Anything Goes features classic Cole Porter songs including ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’, ‘You’re the Top’ and ‘It’s De-Lovely’. The show’s original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was heavily revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The new book is by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.
Debbie Kurup returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Reno Sweeney – she previously appeared in Guys and Dolls. Her theatre credits include Nicki Marron in the world première of The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre – Olivier Award nomination), Chicago (Cambridge/Adelphi Theatres), Oliver! (Cyprus International Festival), Sister Act (London Palladium), I Love You Because (Landor Theatre), West Side Story (Cyprus International Festival), I Sing! (Union Theatre), East (Leicester Haymarket Theatre), Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre).
Matt Rawle returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Billy Crocker – he previously appeared in Assassins. His theatre work includes Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Cabaret (UK tour & Savoy Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Light in the Piazza (Leicester Curve), Putting It Together (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hard Times (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre), Zorro (Olivier Nomination – Garrick Theatre), Les Misérables, Miss Saigon (both West End), Camelot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Carmen (Steven Joseph Theatre), Evita (Adelphi Theatre) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse).
Zoe Rainey plays Hope Harcourt. Her theatre credits include The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Famished Land (Greenwood Theatre), John Ferguson (Finborough Theatre), Oh! What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Dancing at Lughnasa (Royal & Derngate and Oxford Playhouse), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), School For Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Wicked (Victoria Apollo Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Parade (Donmar Warehouse).
Simon Rouse returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Elisha Whitney – he previous appeared in The Full Monty (also tour and Noel Coward Theatre). His other theatre work includes The Bomb, Tactical Questioning (Tricycle Theatre), When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Festival), The Changing Room (Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre, West End), Ghosts (Alhambra Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lorenzaccio, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus (RSC), Runaway, The Sea (Royal Court Theatre) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Hugh Sachs returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Moonface Martin. He previously appeared in The Cherry Orchard and The Country Wife. His other theatre work includes Woman Killed with Kindness, Peter Pan (National Theatre), See How They Run (Royal Exchange), Humble Boy (UK tour) and Privates On Parade (Donmar Warehouse).
Jane Wymark returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Evangeline Harcourt, having previously appeared in Racing Demon as part of the David Hare season. Her other theatre work includes Medea (National Theatre), This May Hurt a Bit (Out of Joint), All My Sons (York Theatre Royal), Short Sharp Shock (Royal Court and Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Hamlet (Old Vic).
Kate Anthony plays Evangeline Harcourt on tour from 6 April 2015. She is currently in rehearsals for Queen Coal at Sheffield Theatres. Her other theatre work includes Untold Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rutherford and Son (national tour and St James Theatre), All the Way Home (The Lowry), The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre), The Mousetrap (St Martins Theatre), Perfect Pitch (Hull Truck Theatre and national tour) and Romeo and Juliet (Hull Truck Theatre).
Shaun Williamson plays Moonface Martin on tour from 6 April 2015. His theatre credits include tours of Porridge, Never Forget, Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever (also Apollo Victoria) and The Road to Nirvana (King’s Head Theatre). He is perhaps best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders.
Daniel Evans has 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 Evans’ work also 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.
Also on the creative team are: designer: Richard Kent, choreographer Alistair David, musical supervisor Nigel Lilley, lighting designer Tim Mitchell, sound designer Simon Baker and musical director Tom Brady. Anything Goes is a Sheffield Theatres production in association with Stage Entertainment.