The sold-out musical sensation, Anything Goes returns to the UK in 2022. Steaming out on UK Tour from April 2022 and returning to the Barbican by popular demand for a strictly limited 7 week season. Anything Goes is ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another’ and ‘The antidote to everything’.
The production for 2022 will star multi-award-winner Kerry Ellis (Wicked/We Will Rock You) as Reno Sweeney and Olivier Award Winner Denis Lawson (Bleak House/Star Wars) as Moonface Martin. Joining them is Olivier Award Winner Simon Callow (Christmas Carol/Midsomer Murders) as Elisha Whitney and West End Legend Bonnie Langford (EastEnders/9 to 5) as Evangeline Harcourt.
Reprising their co-starring roles in this year’s UK tour and Barbican season are Samuel Edwards (Les Misérables / Wicked) as Billy Crocker, Carly Mercedes Dyer (A Chorus Line/The Color Purple) as Erma (a role in which she is nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award this year), Nicole-Lily Baisden (The Book of Mormon / Let’s Face The Music) as Hope Harcourt, Haydn Oakley (A Christmas Carol / An American in Paris) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Further casting will be announced soon.
‘I have sometimes cried at the theatre in the past, but never from happiness – until I saw the musical Anything Goes. I lost it completely. I was just so grateful and relieved.’
Featuring a 50 strong cast and ensemble of the finest we have to offer on the London stage (including tap dancing sailors!) and a full-sized live orchestra, this heart-warming and hilarious production of Anything Goes sold out during its last run at the Barbican.
Directed by the multi-award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, this production for London features farcical fun and spectacular show stopping dance routines, all set to Cole Porter’s joyful score, including ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’, ‘You’re the Top’ and the show stopping ‘Anything Goes’.
‘Made us feel that all was right with the world.’
‘Undoubtedly a tonic for our times.’
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Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York, and around the world. She has achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca and Sony Music.
Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the worldwide smash, Wicked, for which she won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’.
She then headed to Broadway to play Elphaba at the Gershwin Theater for 6 months, where she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance, before returning to London in the role for a further 6 months.
Her other leading role West End credits include Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, Nancy in Oliver!, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables, amongst many others.
Kerry’s first major CD release was Wicked in Rock, which is still flying high in Dress Circle’s bestseller list. Wicked in Rock was a collaboration with long time friend and Queen guitarist Brian May.
Other performances include singing the National Anthem for the FA Cup final at Wembley, a sold out tour of Champions of Rock in Sweden, and playing Svetlana to critical acclaim in Chess at the Royal Albert Hall opposite Idina Menzel and Josh Groban (subsequently released on DVD and CD and screened on US network television), Thank You For The Music the BBC Radio 2 ABBA concert in Hyde Park, Night of 1000 Voices, and The Festival of Remembrance both at the Royal Albert Hall, she also headlined the BBC Proms in the Park 2010.
Kerry was involved in the Les Miserables feature film as well as headlining various festivals across the country, she also starred in the arena tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds alongside Jason Donavan and Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs. Kerry also toured with the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent playing the role of Mimi.
Kerry’s dream of performing her first solo concert at the London Palladium came true in May 2013. The concert was such a huge success that it led to a thirteen date tour across the UK finishing at The Cadogan Hall. The concert celebrated her theatre career to date, singing songs from all the roles she has created and played.
Kerry played Sara in the West End production of Murder Ballad, the European premier directed by Sam Yates to rave reviews alongside Ramin Karimloo. Kerry then played the lead role of Alice in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland on a UK tour.
Kerry continues her long term working relationship with Brian May. They have toured the UK and Europe extensively. They released their album Golden Days to great acclaim and continue to work and record together.
She is one of the most sought after singers in the UK, and performs her concerts all over the world.
Denis is most well-known for his role as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and EMMY awards. Other notable credits include the role of Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, DI Steve McAndrew in BBC One’s hit series New Tricks, the role of Tom Campbell-Gore in Holby City and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy and The Rise of Skywalker.
Denis’ Television credits include Sensitive Skin (BBC), The Duke of Atholl in Victoria (ITV), Death In Paradise (BBC), The Life of Rock With Brian Pern (BBC), Inside Number 9 (BBC), Parade’s End (HBO / Mammoth Screen), Marchlands (ITV), Criminal Justice II (BBC), Enid (BBC), Breaking The Mold (BBC), No Holds Barred (BBC), Robin Hood (BBC), Feel The Force (BBC), Lucky Jim (BBC), The Fabulous Bagel Boys (BBC), Other People’s Children (BBC), Bob Martin (ITV), The Ambassador (BBC), Cold Feet (ITV) and Hornblower (ITV).
Film credits include Broken (directed by Rufus Norris), The Wee Man (Directed by Ray Burdis), Perfect Sense (directed by David Mackenzie), The Chain (Directed by Jack Gold), Providence (Directed by Alain Resnais) and The Man In The Iron Mask (Directed by Mike Newell).
Denis is also an acclaimed stage actor who won an Olivier Award for best actor in a musical for his performance as Jim Lancastar in Mr Cinders at The Fortune Theatre. He was also nominated for an Olivier for his performance as George in La Cages Aux Folles at The Playhouse Theatre and for his performance in the title role of Pal Joey at The Fortune Theatre. Theatre credits include ART (UK Tour), The Acid Test (Royal Court Theatre), Lust (Haymarket Theatre / Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia). Oleanna (Duke of York’s Theatre), Volpone (Almeida Theatre), Ashes (Bush Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Globe Theatre), The Lucky Chance (Royal Court Theatre) and Bits Of Lenny Bruce (Kings Head Theatre).
Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre), Being Shakespeare (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Mystery of Charles Dickens (Playhouse Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Chin Chin (National Tour), Merry Wives: The Musical (RSC), The Woman in White (The Palace Theatre), The Holy Terror (Duke of York), Through the Leaves (Southwark Playhouse), The Importance of Being Oscar (Savoy Theatre), The Alchemist (Birmingham Rep), Kiss of the Spidermen (Bush Theatre), Sisterly Feelings (National Theatre), Amadeus (National Theatre), Mary Barnes (Royal Court) and Titus Andronicus (Bristol Old Vic).
Theatre directing credits include: Carmen Jones – 1992 Olivier Award for Best Director of a Musical (The Old Vic Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Vaudeville), The Infernal Machine (Hammersmith), The Pajama Game (Birmingham Rep/Toronto Victoria Palace), Jus’ Like That (Tour/Garrick Theatre) and Les Enfants Du Paradis (RSC).
Film and Television credits include: Four Weddings and a Funeral – BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (RFD), A Room with a View – BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (FilmFour International), Shakespeare in Love – Screen Actors Guild Award (Universal Pictures), Victoria and Abdul (BBC Films), A Christmas Carol (BBC Films), The Phantom of the Opera (Warner Brothers), Hawkeye (Disney/Marvel), Midsomer Murders (ITV), David Copperfield (BBC), Woman in White (BBC), Poirot (ITV) and The Amazing Mr Blunden (Sky).
Radio credits include: Shakespeare’s Sonnets (BBC), Tomorrow Week (BBC Radio 3), The Judas Kiss (BBC Radio 3), Oscar Wilde Letters (BBC Radio 4), I’ll be George (BBC Radio 4), The Third Soldier on the Left (BBC Radio 4), Put Money in Thy Purse (BBC Radio 4), Death in Genoa (BBC Radio 4) and Plum House (BBC R4).
Bonnie Langford has packed a wealth of experience in her outstanding career which has embraced success in theatre, television, film and radio in both Britain and America.
Most recently, Bonnie was on the first series of The Masked Dancer (ITV) where she reached the final as Squirrel. She has also been supporting the Theatre Support Fund by hosting The Show Must Go On (Palace Theatre) and celebrated ‘50 Years On Stage’ with her sell out cabaret shows at London’s Crazy Coqs.
West End theatre includes: Roz Keith in 9 to 5, The Musical (Savoy Theatre) Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and filmed for DVD and cinema release in the UK and Ireland, across America and streamed on Broadway HD and PBS America), the Original London cast of Cats (The Gillian Lynne Theatre); The Pirates Of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and London Palladium); Peter Pan – The Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre); Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace Theatre); Spamalot (Harold Pinter Theatre and Playhouse Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre) and Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and on Broadway). She made her theatre debut in the West End at the tender age of seven in Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway. For this performance, at the age of ten, Bonnie was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
UK tours include: 42nd Street; Charlie Girl; Oklahoma!; Guys and Dolls; Fosse; Spamalot; 9 to 5, The Musical and numerous Royal Variety Performances and Royal Galas. Bonnie performed her concert ‘An Evening With Bonnie Langford’ to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Richmond Theatre, she also hosted ‘The Music Of The Night’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
Television and film includes: creating the role of Carmel Kazemi in BBC’s EastEnders for which she won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2015 British Soap Awards, a BAFTA for best continuing drama and she was nominated for ‘Best Serial Drama Performance’ at the 2019 National Television Awards. Lena Marelli in Bugsy Malone (dir. Alan Parker); Just William (ITV); The Lena and Bonnie Show (ITV); The Hot Shoe Show (BBC); Hotel Babylon (BBC); Agatha Christie’s Marple (ITV); The Catherine Tate Show (BBC) and the 22nd assistant on Doctor Who (BBC). Bonnie was the subject of ITV’s This Is Your Life.
In 2006, she learned to ice skate on the TV show Dancing on Ice, skating her way to the final and returning for the All Stars season in 2014.
Recordings include: ‘Bonnie Langford Now’, ‘Jazz at the Theatre‘ and numerous Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.