Smash hit Anything Goes in spring tour and Barbican return

The smash hit show of the year Anything Goes is sailing back to the Barbican Theatre next summer for an eight week residency following a spring tour, it has been announced.

Since the musical opened at the Barbican in July this year, audiences have been on their feet giving the multi–Tony Award winning show multiple standing ovations night after night.

And the spectacular show has been described as the “musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another” (The Times) and is “delightful, delicious, and as buoyant as helium” (Evening Standard). 

2021 production

Anything Goes takes you back to the Golden Age of high society on the seas. The lavish production has smashed multiple Box Office records at the Barbican Theatre, in London, including the single highest grossing performance week for a musical in the Barbican’s 39 year history. 

From spring 2022, audiences across the country will also get the chance to enjoy the spectacular, multi-Tony Award winning show as the S.S American will be heading to theatres in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Canterbury ahead of its London return.

Producer Sir Howard Panter said:  “We are delighted to be back with the glorious Anything Goes musical at the Barbican next summer.

“We were thrilled with the response to this energetic and uplifting show – audiences just couldn’t get enough and to achieve 15 weeks sold out night after night and a gross of £717,000 in one week really is quite some feat.

“We are equally delighted to take this majestic show on tour across the UK, so audiences around the country can enjoy the glorious set design, breathtaking choreography and stage direction, and of course the wonderful score!”

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic featuring a collection of 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’ – will take you back to the Golden Age of high society on the seas.

Anything Goes has music and lyrics by Cole Porter, an original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton with Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

The production is directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award Winner Kathleen Marshall. Casting to be announced soon.


Bristol Hippodrome, April 11-16

Liverpool Empire, April 20-30

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, May 11-21

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, May 24-June 4

Barbican Theatre, July 15-September 3.

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