Show Boat

Show Boat Tickets

New London Theatre
West End
2 hours 40 minutes

The ground-breaking classic musical Show Boat sails into London’s West End for the first time in almost 20 years, direct from a hugely successful and critically acclaimed run at Sheffield’s Cruicible Theatre.

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.  The shows Broadway premiere in 1927 changed musical theatre forever and this lavish new production proves that its timeless themes and peerless music remain as vital, passionate and moving as ever.

So hop on board the Cotton Blossom show boat and be swept away by one of the most romantic musicals of all time, directed by Daniel Evans and featuring the timeless songs O’l Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from Jerome Kern with lyrics and book by Oscar Hammersmith.


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Show Boat Synopsis: 

Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans and features classics of musical theatre including Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and the landmark Ol’ Man River.

Book by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber
David Ian with Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin
Daniel Evans
Songs by: 
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
David Hersey
Paul Groothuis
Lez Brotherson
Alistair David
Cast list: 
Malcolm Sinclair (Capt. Andy Hawks), Chris Peluso (Gaylord Ravenal), Gina Beck (Magnolia Hawks), Lucy Briers (Parthy Ann Hawks), Rebecca Trehearn (Julia La Verne), Emmanuel Kojo (Joe), Sandra Marvin (Queenie), Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley), Danny Collins (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.
Show Boat Schedule
Previews from: 
Saturday, 9 April, 2016
Opening date: 
Monday, 25 April, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 27 August, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 27 August, 2016
Saturday, 27 August, 2016
166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

Latest Show Boat News & Features

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Happy 121st Birthday Oscar Hammerstein II

Today, 12 July 2016, would have been Oscar Hammerstein II's 121st Birthday. Born in New York City in 1895 to a theatrical manager, it is perhaps not surprising that he went on to be one of the most influential and important creators of musical theatre to work in the twentieth century and one whose legacy is very much alive in 2016.


Monday, April 25, 2016
West End interview with Show Boat's Gina Beck

The Sheffield Crucible's highly acclaimed production of the classic 1927 musical Show Boat officially opens at the New London Theatre this evening, 25 April 2016. Directed by Daniel Evans with designs by Lez Brotherson and choreography by Alistair David, it's the first time the West End has seen a full production of the show in almost 20 years.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Show Boat London's West End - Inside the Rehearsal Room


Show Boat London

This morning we were invited to attend an exclusive sneak peak of Daniel Evans' five-star revival of classic musical Show Boat which sails into the West End's New London Theatre from 9 April 2016.

Our Review

The history of the modern musical began with Show Boat in 1927: a backstage musical, set aboard a theatrical boat that travelled the Mississippi putting on shows wherever they docked, that dared to tell a serious, moving story of a mixed marriage (then illegal), and another that runs aground in the husband's gambling habits. It showed that musicals could be both... Read more

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