Show Boat at Gillian Lynne Theatre (New London) tickets
Show Boat at Gillian Lynne Theatre (New London) tickets

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Overview

Daniel Evans’ sensational revival of Show Boat transferred to the New London Theatre, following the departure of the National Theatre’s War Horse. A nautical musical based on the reliving the beauty of the early 20th century America, Show Boat has continued to capture hearts across the world and is one of the most popular productions that has graced the West End.

Last seen in the West End at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006, this mother of musicals has enjoyed numerous revivals. Originally opening in London in 1928, Show Boat has continued to return, with a 1971 production at the Adelphi running for an impressive 909 performances. The 1998 Prince Edward production earned the show an Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. In summer 2016, Evans’ revival transferred to the West End after a critically-acclaimed run at the Sheffield Crucible, which closed in January 2016.

Based on Edna Ferber’s 1926 bestselling novel, Show Boat is an extravagantly epic musical that spans over 40 years of American history. Set in the US at the turn of the 20th century, the musical takes place aboard the beloved ‘Cotton Blossom’, which sails down the Mississippi. Following the lives and loves of three generations, Show Boat relives the beauty and grandeur of American classics. Oscar Hammerstein II and and Jerome Kern’s sumptuous score includes songs such as ‘Bill’, ‘Make Believe’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ and the wonderful ‘Ol’ Man River’.

Musically supervised by David White, who has brought classics to the stage such as My Fair Lady, Sunset Boulevard and From Here to Eternity, the show is a firm favourite amongst audiences. Show Boat included choreography by Alistair David (Sinatra at the London Palladium), with design by Lez Brotherson, lighting design by David Hersey, sound by Paul Groothius and video design by Tim Reid. Casting included Wicked’s Gina Beck, alongside Rebecca Trehearn (City of Angels, Ghost) and Emmanuel Kojo (Scottsboro Boys), who all reprised their roles in this ravishing musical.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy classic musicals such as Hello Dolly! and Thoroughly Modern Millie will love this musical. Fans of early American music will also enjoy the wonderful score.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Opened: 22 Apr 2016
Press night: 25 Apr 2016
Booking from: 26 Aug 2016
Booking until: 27 Aug 2016

Location and map

Gillian Lynne Theatre (New London)
166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW

161 Reviews Add review

Show Boat, originally performed in 1927. A boundary breaking piece of theatre and art. The first book musical by Oscar Hammerstein... More

yasminrodgers 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked this show especially the incredible set - mainly the show boat. The performances by the entire cast where brilliant and I ... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This is an amazing production of the 1st ever real musical, the cast are amazing and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying them selves ... More

janethogben-jones 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I refuse to believe this musical first premiered in 1927. This production gives it a complete new lease of life, to the point wher... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 73 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Stunning production with some phenomenal voices, and I know some of these were understudies! Everything about it worked; the ... More

Chen 5"6, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Show Boat is such an important musical, portrayed beautifully here by an incredibly talented cast all of whom possess simply stunn... More

alwaysbeengreen 5" 2', 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I was disappointed with this show rather than the production itself. I cannot fault the vocals or the performances and the staging... More

LondonLass 5"1, 176 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Show Boat is a classic and this version combined the best of both worlds. It had the authentic feeling, but the talent from now. ... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 32 helpful votes

A wonderful revival of a timeless musical. Daniel Evans' production comes right out into the audience thanks to a huge thrust stag... More

britishtheatre 6'1", 48 reviews, 9 helpful votes