Anything Goes Is Nunn's Biggest Hit at London's National Theatre

News   Anything Goes Is Nunn's Biggest Hit at London's National Theatre Anything Goes opened last night, Dec. 18, at the National's Olivier Theatre, and received a standing ovation.

Cole Porter's 1934 musical set on a cruise ship is the biggest success of Nunn's five years at the helm of the National, and vindicates his policy of staging large-scale revivals of American musicals. As director, however, he has always insisted that musicals, though high profile, are only a small part of the overall programming of the National. As if to prove this, rather than end his reign with Anything Goes, he will actually round off, next year, with a Shakespeare play, Love's Labour's Lost.

The evident labor of love on Anything Goes, however, was anything but lost last night when the show received a standing ovation that was one of the longest the National has ever seen, as well as possibly the loudest.