Daniel Evans to Direct Anything Goes at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre and Revival of This Is Our Family at Lyceum
07 Mar 2014
Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres and currently represented in the West End by the transfer of his Sheffield production of The Full Monty to the Noel Coward, has announced that he will direct Anything Goes as this year's Christmas musical in the Crucible Theatre. Prior to that, he will also restage Tim Firth's This Is Our Family, which premiered at the Crucible Studio last year, at the larger Lyceum Theatre, prior to a national tour.
Anything Goes, which is being produced in association with Stage Entertainment, will begin performances Nov. 28 prior to an official opening Dec. 8, for a run through Jan. 17, 2015. Evans, who has previously directed the last two Christmas musicals, My Fair Lady and Oliver!, will direct, with choreography by Alistair David. The show, which has music and lyrics by Cole Porter and an original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, will be produced in the new version by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman that was originally produced at New York's Lincoln Center Theater.
This is My Family will begin performances Oct. 9 prior to an official opening Oct. 13, for a run through Oct. 18, ahead of a national tour. Its debut last year won it the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production. It is characterized in press materials as being about "close relatives. Dream holiday. Total nightmare."
The creative team includes designer Richard Kent, musical director Caroline Humphris, lighting designer David Plater, sound designer Nick Greenhill and movement director Lucy Hind.
Firth's previous theatre credits include Calendar Girls, Sign of the Times, Our House, The Flint Street Nativity, Absolutely Frank, The Safari Party, Neville’s Island and A Man of Letters. His TV credits include "Trapped," "Cruise of the Gods," "Border Cafe," "Preston Front," "The Rottentrolls," "Once Upon a Time in the North" and "All Quiet on the Preston Front." His film credits include "The Wedding Video," "Kinky Boots," "Calendar Girls" and "Blackball."