Show Boat

Theatre Breaks for Show Boat in London

A bygone age of musical is now at the New London theatre, transferring from a sell-out run at Sheffield’s Crucible is Hammerstein and Kern’s epic Show Boat Theatre Breaks.

The original Show Boat cast at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield
The original Show Boat cast at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield

All the romance and family struggles of three generations spanning 40 years of tumultuous American history, set against the backdrop of the Deep South at the onset of the 20th Century, are told in the smash-hit revival of Show Boat which was first produced on the London stage, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in 1928 featuring Paul Robeson who went on to appear in the 1936 film version. He is most famously remembered for his deep bass vocals when singing Ol’ Man River.

An epic tale depicting the stories of the lives and loves of the performers, stage-hands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, this musical classic continues to blow modern audiences away with a magnificent uplifting power

The new production of Show Boat Theatre Breaks is directed by Daniel Evans and features the memorable songs Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

Casting news : Chris Pelluso (Miss Saigon) and Gina Beck (Phantom of the Opera,Wicked) will lead the cast of Show Boat, which also stars Richard Brier’s daughter, Lucy Briers, who you’ll recognise from the BBC satire Twenty Twelve.

More information:

Where is it?
New London Theatre
Drury Lane

nearest tube to the novello theatreHow do I get there?
The nearest tube station to Show Boat is … Holborn on the Piccadilly and Central lines


When can I see it?
Opened : 26th April 2016
Booking to : 27th August 2016

What time does it start?
Tuesday to Saturday 19.30;  Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14.30

Theatre facilities

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