The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre tickets
The Scottsboro Boys at Garrick Theatre tickets

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Overview

Following a successful run on Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys arrived at London's Young Vic Theatre for an Off-West End run prior to transferring to The West End's Garrick Theatre.

Based on the real life "Scottsboro Boys," the show is a devastating examination of racism, as a group of nine teenagers on board a train to Memphis are falsely accused of rape by two white women. After the boys are arrested, they spend several years in jail amid an array of botched trials, rife with prejudice. Throughout the piece we learn more about each of the boys through a series of musical numbers.

The story is framed by the also real events of Rosa Parks, a women who famously refused to give up her seat in the "coloured section" of an Alabama bus for a white passenger. Park's actions, some 20 years after the Scottsboro incident, gave way to a civil rights movement that could have saved the boys from persecution. Juxtaposing mood and subject matter, the story is presented as a minstrel show, a style of performance in 19th Century America in which people with white faces “blacked up” to perform.

Presented in this heightened and at times uncomfortable style of performance, The Scottsboro Boys can be deeply upsetting, especially as the audience are witness to the "minstrels" being forced to perform by white conductors. Receiving twelve Tony Award nominations, The Scottsboro Boys lost out on a big win due to the opening of The Book of Mormon. Kander and Ebb's score has been highly praised by audience and critics alike.

Recommended for

The Scottsboro Boys is not aimed at children.

People who enjoy traditional vaudevillian style musicals will enjoy this show. Prepare for upsetting content.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes with no interval
Opened: 04 Oct 2014
Press night: 20 Oct 2014
Booking from: 26 Jan 2015
Booking until: 21 Feb 2015

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

7 Reviews Add review

The Scottsboro Boys is a musical based on true events of white Alabama girls trying to get out of trouble by falsely claiming that... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The Scottsboro Boys is a musical based on true events of white Alabama girls trying to get out of trouble by falsely claiming that black men took advantage of them. This sounds like quite a depressing concept for a musical but the way the story is narrated and presented actually provides quite a lot of humour, particularly as the cast of male black actors take on all parts in the show - white/black and male/female. Some very interesting music and a timeless theme of tolerance.

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Absolutely blown away by this show. Incredible cast and even more incredible plot. Deserved much better reviews than it got.

alexandrahollingsworth 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely blown away by this show. Incredible cast and even more incredible plot. Deserved much better reviews than it got.

alexandrahollingsworth 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic musical based on a true story. Music is catchy. Cast are all fantastic dancers - I was in awe.

SaraSparrow 5'8", 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic musical based on a true story. Music is catchy. Cast are all fantastic dancers - I was in awe.

SaraSparrow 5'8", 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show. Incredibly well cast. Brilliant energy from all of the actors. Incredible use of staging - so minimalistic and bar... More

ellecrewe 5"0, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the show. Incredibly well cast. Brilliant energy from all of the actors. Incredible use of staging - so minimalistic and bare and so well done by the actors to use that as their advantage and create the show with just themselves.

ellecrewe 5"0, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ke1th 170cm, 90 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ke1th 170cm, 90 reviews, 0 helpful votes

SDTopper 5"8, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

SDTopper 5"8, 63 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Personally not to my liking, though this is likely due to the truly atrocious seats we had.

djpainter 5"10, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Personally not to my liking, though this is likely due to the truly atrocious seats we had.

djpainter 5"10, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes