Award-winning actress Felicity Kendal will make her West End musical debut starring as Evangeline Harcourt, alongside leading actor Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney, in Anything Goes at London’s Barbican Theatre, running for a strictly limited season from 5 June to 22 August 2021. The pair will join Megan Mullally as Reno Sweeney and Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin.
This production of the classic musical is to be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall and will feature a full company of more than 50 including a full-sized orchestra and even 14 tap dancing sailors.
Felicity Kendal said:
“It’s wonderful to be joining this classic joyous show after the past terrible year of loss and lockdown. We need to connect together again in our theatres and there is nothing quite like the thrill of a live audience experiencing a great show. I am sure that this is a perfect moment for this glorious, funny and uplifting musical and cannot wait to get started.”
Gary Wilmot added: “Anything Goes is such a joyous musical and I’m thrilled to be joining the incredible cast for this wonderful revival. I look forward to being back on stage in London for some real toe-tapping fun!”
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and the original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman), Anything Goes will premiere at the Barbican from June to August 2021 and then embark on a UK tour. Further casting will be announced soon.
Anything Goes features some of theatre’s most memorable songs – including ‘I Get A Kick Out of You’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘You’re the Top’, ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow’, ‘It’s De-Lovely’, ‘Friendship’ and ‘Buddie Beware’.
Marshall’s Broadway production of Anything Goes received huge critical acclaim. The revival was nominated for nine Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards, winning Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography at both ceremonies.
Anything Goes is presented by Howard Panter for Trafalgar Theatre Productions and Eilene Davidson Productions.
Felicity Kendal is a British actress who is a veteran of the stage and screen. She shot to fame in the 1970s with her career defining role of Barbara Good in the popular BBC sitcom The Good Life. Kendal has made important contributions to stage, such as playing Desdemona to Paul Scofield’s Othello and a memorable Viola in a BBC production of Twelfth Night (1980). Kendal starred in many of the first productions Tom Stoppard’s plays, including The Real Thing (1982), Hapgood (1988), Arcadia (1993) and Indian Ink (1995) – this last role was written for her by Stoppard. She continues to perform regularly in London’s West End. In 2013 she starred in the first London revival of Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn at the Wyndham’s Theatre. In 2014, she toured the UK and Australia as Judith Bliss in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, which then played in the West End. She appeared in A Room With A View at the Theatre Royal in Bath (2016). More recently, Felicity starred with Maureen Lipman in a revival of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory and also in The Argument at Theatre Royal Bath.
Gary Wilmot’s theatre credits include: Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre), Goldilocks & The Three Bears (London Palladium), Mr Gum & The Dancing Bear (National Theatre), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (London Palladium), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dick Whittington (London Palladium), The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Big (Plymouth/Ireland), End of the Rainbow (UK Tour), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre and UK Tour), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Radio Times (The Watermill and National Tour), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), The Pirates Of Penzance (Regent’s Park and National Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park), Confusions (National Tour), One For The Road (Bristol Old Vic), Oliver! (National Tour), The Goodbye Girl (Albery Theatre), Copacabana (Prince Of Wales Theatre), Carmen Jones (The Old Vic), and Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre and National Tour.