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    Show Boat is a musical treat
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Show Boat tickets

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.

Performance dates: 26 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages

Special notice: 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.

Latest audience reviews

Stunning production with some phenomenal voices, and I know some of these were understudies! Everything... More

Chen 14 Jun 2017

Stunning production with some phenomenal voices, and I know some of these were understudies! Everything about it worked; the staging, the casting, the direction. It was a flashback in time, that was brought gloriously to life in front of us in a really beautiful production. I wish I could see it again as it's definitely one of the best I've ever seen!

Chen 14 Jun 2017

This is one of my favourite shows. It has a fantastic cast singing brilliant songs and dancing amazing... More

sanch001 Top 200 reviewer14 Aug 2017

This is one of my favourite shows. It has a fantastic cast singing brilliant songs and dancing amazing choreography. There are plenty of funny moments and a serious story line.

sanch001 Top 200 reviewer14 Aug 2017

This is the best show I have seen. The cast were sensational, singing was brilliant, acting was great... More

sanch001 Top 200 reviewer14 Aug 2017

This is the best show I have seen. The cast were sensational, singing was brilliant, acting was great and the choreography was incredible.

sanch001 Top 200 reviewer14 Aug 2017

Show Boat is such an important musical, portrayed beautifully here by an incredibly talented cast all... More

alwaysbeengreen 17 Apr 2017

Show Boat is such an important musical, portrayed beautifully here by an incredibly talented cast all of whom possess simply stunning voices and immerse themselves in the storytelling of issues that are unfortunately still all too relevant. It is such a shame this show closed early, I feel many people missed out on a very special piece of theatre.

alwaysbeengreen 17 Apr 2017
clemonylemony 22 Jul 2017

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

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017

I liked this show especially the incredible set - mainly the show boat. The performances by the entire cast where brilliant and I thought that this theatre was the perfect venue to hold this show. The atmosphere was a little dead but I think that was because it was so quiet not through the show itself. I enjoyed the story and the music. All in all it was a good show and it was a shame it didn't get more attention whilst it was in the New London Theatre!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017
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