West End Transfer for SHOW BOAT!

Sheffield Theatre’s five star production of SHOW BOAT directed by Daniel Evans will transfer to the West End in the spring of 2016. Booking is open and previews begin at the New London Theatre on 9 April 2016, with press night on Monday 25 April 2016.

With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber, SHOW BOAT is booking to 7 January 2017.

SHOW BOAT opened at the Crucible in Sheffield on 10 December last year and after being hailed by audiences and critics alike extended booking to 23 January 2016. SHOW BOAT is produced in the West End by David Ian with Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin. Casting for this production will be announced soon.

Daniel Evans said: “SHOW BOAT is often thought to be the mother of all musicals. Hammerstein and Kern's score continues to blow audiences away, almost 90 years later. As well as being a riveting story, the piece’s themes of family and freedom still speak to us today in a profound way. I feel proud that the production we made in Sheffield will now get to travel further afield and be experienced by yet more audiences in the capital."  

Set against the backdrop of America’s Deep South at the turn of the 20th Century, SHOW BOAT tells a powerful story of freedom, loyalty and, above all love. Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard the Cotton Blossom show boat as it plies the Mississippi River and features the timeless songs ‘Ol’ Man River’, ‘Make Believe’ and ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’.

The designs are by Lez Brotherston with choreography by Alistair David, musical supervision and direction by David White, lighting by David Hersey, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Tim Reid. This version of Show Boat was originally produced by Goodspeed Musicals and was adapted and directed by Rob Ruggiero and presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. The show’s Broadway premiere was in 1927.

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