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Show Boat

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Closed August 27, 2016

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The Telegraph

Why See Show Boat?

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Once an exciting and glittering part of American entertainment, the river show boats of the Mississippi are now a fleeting memory. But now, Show Boat is making a comeback! A true classic of American musical comedy, this is an epic tale of enduring love and racial tolerance that will have you dancing all the way home.

Featuring popular tunes from the Oscar Hammerstein III song book, such as 'Ol' Man River' and 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man', this all-American trip down memory lane will be sailing into the New London Theatre this April.

The show caused a stir when it debuted in the late 1920's, never before had audiences witnessed the marrying of serious subject matter with musical theatre spectacle. Show Boat was truly revolutionary compared to the light hearted musical romps and comedies that preceded it.

the story of show boat!

The story chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi show boat, over 40 years and three generations. Magnolia, the young and naive daughter of the boat's Captain, falls in love with a feckless gambler and faces love's trials and triumphs as others aboard the Show Boat face struggles of their own.

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Previews from: 9 April 2016

Opening night: 25 April 2016

Cast and Creative


Gina Beck as Magnolia Hawks
Rebecca Trehearn as Julie
Emmanuel Kojo as Joe
Malcolm Sinclair as Capt. Andy Hawks
Chris Peluso as Gaylord Ravenal
Lucy Briers as Parthy Ann Hawks
Emmanuel Kojo as Joe
Sandra Marvin as Queenie
Alex Young as Ellie May Chipley
Danny Collin as Frank Schultz

John Coates, Adam Dutton, Kit Esuruoso, Nolan Frederick, Linford Johnson, Javar La’Trail Parker, Kate Milner-Evans, Maria Omakinwa, Ryan Pidgen, Mykal Rand, Leo Roberts, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Christina Bennington, Victoria Hinde, Linda John-Pierre and Simbi Akande, Georgie Ashford, Laura Darton, Joshua Da Costa, Dale Evans and Tom Partridge.


Music by Jerome Kern and book
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel by Edna Ferber
Directed by Daniel Evans
Choreography by Alistair David
Lighting design by David Hersey
Design by Lez Brotherson
Sound by Paul Groothuis

What we thought

COMMANDING Showstopper upbeat

A rousing night of musical theatre with instantly memorable songs performed with passion!

Hot foot from Sheffield's Crucible Theatre comes Daniel Evan's boisterous production of this Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein classic musical.

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1 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Christopher West: “Brilliant Show, just go while you still can! Tickets cheaper”

Dazzling, vibrant performances that were about as good as you can get-... more

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