Reviews: What Do London Critics Think of Kerry Ellis in Anything Goes West End Return? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do London Critics Think of Kerry Ellis in Anything Goes West End Return?

The Cole Porter musical returns this summer to the Barbican Theatre for a second engagement.

Kerry Ellis and Company of Anything Goes Marc Brenner

Reviews are in for Anything Goes' return to the Barbican. The revival production of the Cole Porter musical, which played at the theatre last summer, once again plays the London theatre's stage with an engagement through September 3 following a U.K. tour.

The return engagement stars Kerry Ellis (Wicked) as Reno Sweeney and Olivier winner Denis Lawson (Bleak House) as Moonface Martin, along with Olivier winner Simon Callow (Christmas Carol) as Elisha Whitney, and Bonnie Langford (EastEnders) as Evangeline Harcourt. The cast also features Samuel Edwards, Nicole-Lily Baisden, Carly Mercedes Dyer, and Haydn Oakley.

Read the reviews here.

Attitude (Simon Button)

City A.M. (Adam Bloodworth)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

iNews (Fiona Mountford)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

The Telegraph (Claire Allfree)

The Times (Clive Davis)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall—who helmed the 2011 Broadway revival of the Cole Porter musical—the Barbican production's creative team features set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Jon Morrell, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Jonathan Deans, and music supervisor and director Stephen Ridley.

The 1934 musical has songs by Porter and a libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, who drew on the original depression-era script by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse for this version of the show.

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