THIS summer The Rattonians are serving up the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes at the Congress Theatre.
Set on board a liner crossing the Atlantic from New York to London in the 1930s, the show is full of elegant glamour and show-stopping tunes.
Hope Harcourt, the American debutante (Chloe Shearer), is travelling with her mother, Evangeline Harcourt (Jade Powers) and her fiancé, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Peter Gurr) to who she is to be married on board the ship.
Billy Crocker (Alex Adams), a young Wall Street broker, has fallen in love with Hope having met her at a party. He stows on board to persuade her not to marry Evelyn just because he is wealthy. Unfortunately for Billy, his boss, Elisha Whitney (Mark Adams) is also on the ship and Billy spends much of his time disguising himself to avoid being spotted.
Reno Sweeney is played by Debbie Hackett, and she leads her four “Angels”, played by Louise Bateman, Nikki Brook, Aimee Dyer and Sophie Barrow.
The ladies are the celebrity glamour on the ship and Reno sings two of the show’s most famous songs, Anything Goes and Blow Gabriel Blow.
Other comedy is supplied by the gangster Moonface Martin – public enemy No. 13 – (James Hookway) and his moll Erma (Melanie Adams) who spends the whole voyage pursuing sailors and sings the Cole Porter classic, Buddie Beware.
The show is directed by Mark Adams, the musical director is Carl Greenwood and choreographer is Jan Lynton.
The show runs July 20-30, with evening performances at 7.45pm and 2.30pm matinees on July 23, 28 and 30. Matinee tickets cost £12.50 and evening tickets from £13-£15, call 412000.