Review: Anything Goes

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is apparently one of the most popular musicals staged by colleges, schools and amateur companies across the world, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s engaging, accessible and witty, and contains some persuasive (but tricky) musical numbers, which allows for the spirit and freshness of youth to rise to the surface quite beautifully. It would be hard to imagine a better performance than that given in the Ellis Theatre by Marlborough College pupils. It really was quite outstanding.

Jane Darby’s masterful direction is the result of many hours of painstaking preparation; the detail and discipline that have gone into this make for something truly memorable.  The casting was superb, allowing each of the main characters to stamp their own identity on proceedings with consummate ease, backed by the excellent band which was expertly conducted by Alex Arkwright. The choreography, costumes, clarity of diction, balance between orchestra and actors/singers, the set, lighting (the list goes on) were all a joy to behold and humour rang out loud and clear from start to finish.

It would be invidious, perhaps, to single out individuals worthy of special mention but this review simply can’t ignore the extraordinary contributions to the show from Georgia Vyvyan (MO U6), Jim Crossland (C1 L6), Libby Adam (MM L6), William Atterton (C1 L6), Lucy Hudson (EL L6), Rollo Sutcliffe (PR L6), Olivia Grant (MO U6) and Fraser Hutchinson (C2 L6) who led with distinction, but to one and all hearty congratulations on a very special production indeed.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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