REVIEW: Anything Goes, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, until Saturday, April 4.

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You’ve got a day left to step on board Anything Goes before it sails on from Southampton, and you’ll regret it if you don’t.

A terrific cast breathes new life into Cole Porter’s classic musical of chaos and confusion at sea.

There’s a broker masquerading as a sailor; there’s a gangster pretending to be a priest; and there are at least two couples seemingly intent on marrying completely the wrong person.

Will it all come out alright in the end? You know it will, but to help you get there, there’s some wonderful dancing, some superb songs and a host of fine performances.

Matt Rawle is “the tops” as broker Billy Crocker, and while Zoe Rainey doesn’t exactly get a lot to work with in the character of Hope, she more than does enough. Really though, the show is Debbie Kurup’s as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney.

Stephen Matthews adds to the comedy as the completely-bonkers English aristocrat Evelyn Oakleigh while Hugh Sachs adds to the fun as Moonface Martin.

Definitely delightful and de-lovely.

Phil Hewitt