Familiar comedy puts spring in the step

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Anything Goes as the SS American sailed into Southampton in this musical adaptation of a PG Wodehouse book telling the intertwined stories of the passengers on board.

Whilst the story line may have been unfamiliar to me, Cole Porter’s music and lyrics in addition to Wodehouse’s farcical comedy were certainly familiar.

The eponymous song Anything Goes ended the first act; it was brilliantly choreographed, brilliantly funny and featured the brilliantly talented Debbie Kurup, who played Reno Sweeney.

The male ensemble of tap dancers also featured in Buddie Beware and the finale comprised the whole company showing off their tap-dancing skills.

Act two opened with a hail of machine gun fire which grabbed the attention of the audience.

One of my favourite scenes in the show was the performance of The Gypsy In Me was brilliantly played by Stephen Matthews in the role of Lord Evelyn Oakleigh who received deserved cheers at the curtain call.

Matt Rawle was simply perfect in the role of Billy Crocker, the love interest of Hope Harcourt, whose solo Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye was exquisitely sung by Zoe Rainey.

I left the theatre with a smile on my face and a spring in my step which will last into Easter!