Anything Goes: musical smashes box-office record

Published: 2 November 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Energetic and uplifting”: Anything Goes Credit: Helen Maybanks

The musical Anything Goes has smashed the Barbican Theatre’s box-office record by taking £717,000 in a week—the highest grossing week for a musical at the Barbican in its 39-year history.

Producer Sir Howard Panter of Trafalgar Entertainment said, "to achieve a gross of £717,000 in one week is quite some feat. It just goes to show that as we come out of the pandemic, London theatre is very much alive and people can’t get enough of this energetic and uplifting classic musical which has been sold out night after night.”

Barbican director of arts and learning Will Gompertz added, “Anything Goes was the perfect show to welcome back our much-missed audiences after the lockdown. The joyous production played a significant part in one of our most successful autumns ever.

“We look forward to developing our ongoing collaboration with Trafalgar Entertainment after this incredibly successful start.”

The show, which opened in July and runs until Saturday 6 November, features a 50-strong company led by Sutton Foster, Rachel York, Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal, Haydn Gwynne and Gary Wilmot.

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