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

Show Boat, originally performed in 1927. A boundary breaking piece of theatre and art. The first book musical by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern. And it had finally come to London! Contradicting the usual set up of an escapist entertainment like musical theatre. Show Boat takes the audience on an immersive journey into the reality of life in 1927 on the Mississippi. Making it difficult to "find peace of mind in pretending" that the harsh realities of prejudice and racism do not exist. Show Boat confronts these head on. With fantastic skill, whit and choreography the cast deal with these confrontational themes without difficulty or hesitance. Creating an honest and beautiful piece of musical theatre. Reflecting the harsh reality of this period of time in our history. This was the first time I had seen Show Boat in the theatre and I hope it's not the last. The emotions pulled from the whole audience as the show began on the Cotton Blossom was truly mesmerising. Taking us, the audience, through a whole spectrum of emotions. Guilt, heart break, happiness and joy just to name a few. No eye was left dry for long. Show Boat is such an important Musical, capturing the themes of the time it was written in. Many of which are still, sadly, very relevant today. It's a show I hope goes on being performed to help us steer our society in the direction of acceptance , respect, peace and equality.

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, 4 helpful votes

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 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 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

This is an amazing production of the 1st ever real musical, the cast are amazing and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying them selves which rubbed of onto the audience. With out giving away any spoilers, I would advice theatre goers to sit in the stalls for this show. The understudy, Christina Bennington, was playing the lead role of Magnolia and she had the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Would advise anyone who loves musical theatre to go and see "Show Boat" before it ends in August.

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, 67 reviews, 7 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 where I wouldn't be surprised if it was written only a few years ago. The cast are all superb (special credit to Gina Beck for her stunning performance), the band sound brilliant, and the set/staging is just fantastic. Such a shame it's closing early - absolutely recommend anyone to see!

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 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, 0 helpful votes

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 5"6, 41 reviews, 0 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

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 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

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

I was disappointed with this show rather than the production itself. I cannot fault the vocals or the performances and the staging makes good use of the space. However I had a strong aversion to the story due to unlikeable characters (especially the male lead). I think the old/fashioned nature of the musical (from 1920s) meant it did not mesh wish a modern audience in my opinion. I enjoyed the songs but was left with a sour taste in my mouth after the finale.

Funthing29 5"1, 163 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, 31 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. Brilliant cast, lightening, set etc. Really happy I saw this just before it closed. If it's going to revive again, I'd definitely recommend this show!

musicalseats 162 cm, 158 reviews, 31 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

A wonderful revival of a timeless musical. Daniel Evans' production comes right out into the audience thanks to a huge thrust stage and direction which makes the action truly immersive. Highly recommended.

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