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Anything Goes at the Crucible, Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 9th Dec 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

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Anything Goes

by Paul Tyree

The Crucible's now traditional Christmas musical this year is 'Anything Goes' by Cole Porter and once again Daniel Evans has directed an absolute classic of a show.

Unremittingly joyous and frequently hilarious the Crucible's production might just be the must see show of the Christmas period anywhere in the country.

Telling the story of how Billy Crocker falls for the socialite Hope Harcourt and stows away on board a cruise liner she's on with her wealthy fiance', wooing her away from him over the course of the journey. There are frequent farcical twists and turns in a story resplendant with humour but most importantly incredible songs.

What comes across most is perhaps the genius of Cole Porters words and music as the songs never feel contrived or out of place, but simply come straight from what is happening in the plot and therefore seem completely natural.

Daniel Evans directs with the assured touch that we have come to expect from him during his time at the Crucible. There are even sections that remind you of the dream sequences from the greatest of Gene Kelly musicals. The choreography is superb and perfectly compliments the action on stage, both funny, technically brilliant but never feeling intrusive or overstaying its welcome.

All of the performers give exemplary performances, none more so than Debbie Kurup as Reno Sweeney. She is assured, her voice is exceptional and she brings all the verve and vivacity that is needed to raise her performance to the highest level.

Comedy comes from four fantastic performances. Steven Matthews as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh is hilarious and quickly became my daughter's favourite. The mixture of upper class twit meeting real sexual desire for Reno Sweeney produces some of the shows most standout and laugh out loud moments. Hugh Sachs and Simon Rouse are also hilarious and play their parts with wonderful assurance. Alex Young as Erma a sexually adventurous young woman with a fondness for sailors is simply divine and makes the most of her part and is so good you were left with a real desire to see more of her character. These four, between them, make sure that this production not only impresses because of the music and dance but will also have you rolling in the aisles with laughter as well.

Zoe Rainey as Hope Harcourt is also one to watch as her performance seems reminiscent of all those young socialites we've come to expect from the pen of PG Woodhouse who wrote the original story. She sings and dances and acts wonderfully and makes it seem effortless.

All around this production perfectly captures the best of what The Crucible has become over the last few years. High production values, supreme professionalism, top class performances, marvellous wit and all the best of what theatre should bring to the people.

This is the perfect present for anyone you love at Christmas and if you can't get to Sheffield before that (that's always assuming there are any tickets left), then worry not as this show will be going on tour in the new year. It really is one that any theatre lover should really do their upmost not to miss.

Tue 9 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Wed 10 Dec 2:00pm   £24.00* Book Tickets
Wed 10 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Thu 11 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Fri 12 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Sat 13 Dec 2:00pm Captioned £24.00* Book Tickets
Sat 13 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Mon 15 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Tue 16 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Wed 17 Dec 2:00pm   £24.00* Book Tickets
Wed 17 Dec 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Thu 18 Dec 7:15pm Audio Described, Signed £26.00* Book Tickets
Fri 19 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 20 Dec 2:00pm   £24.00* Book Tickets
Sat 20 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Mon 22 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Tue 23 Dec 2:00pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Tue 23 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Wed 24 Dec 2:00pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 27 Dec 2:00pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 27 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Mon 29 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Tue 30 Dec 2:00pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Tue 30 Dec 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Wed 31 Dec 2:00pm   £24.00* Book Tickets
Fri 2 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 3 Jan 2:00pm   £24.00* Book Tickets
Sat 3 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Mon 5 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Tue 6 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Wed 7 Jan 2:00pm   £24.00* Limited Availability
Wed 7 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Thu 8 Jan 7:15pm Talkback £26.00* Book Tickets
Fri 9 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 10 Jan 2:00pm   £24.00* Limited Availability
Sat 10 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Mon 12 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Tue 13 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Wed 14 Jan 2:00pm   £24.00* Limited Availability
Wed 14 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Thu 15 Jan 7:15pm   £26.00* Book Tickets
Fri 16 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 17 Jan 2:00pm   £32.00* Book Tickets
Sat 17 Jan 7:15pm   £32.00* Book Tickets

Future touring performances to include:

The New Wimbledon Theatre, Mayflower, Southampton, Kings Theatre, Glasgow, Birmingham Hippodrome and Sunderland Empire.

 

 

 

 

 

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