Show Boat

Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
Show Boat
Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
Our Review 5 / 5

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.


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.

Previews from |
9th April 2016
Opening date |
25th April 2016
Booking from |
27th August 2016
Available until |
27th August 2016
Closes |
27th August 2016
Run time |
2 hours 40 minutes
Categories |
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.

Gillian Lynne Theatre Venue Information

Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

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Our Review of Show Boat


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 provocative and challenging, and feature songs that pushed the action forward instead of just decorating it. Read more

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