Opening Night for SHOW BOAT

Ian McKellen with the cast of Show Boat on Opening Night | Credit Dan Wooller

Daniel Evans’ Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat has now transferred to the West End with opening night last night (Monday 25 April 2016) at the New London Theatre.

VIP guests included Bryan Adams, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ian McKellen, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Julian Ovenden, Samantha Spiro, Charlotte Randle, Martin Sherman, Ruby Wax, Ben Freeman and Richard Wilson.

Show Boat is booking at the New London Theatre to 7 January 2017.

The cast is led by Malcolm Sinclair (Capt. Andy Hawks) and Chris Peluso (Gaylord Ravenal) who join original Sheffield cast members 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) and Danny Collins (Frank Schultz) in the West End cast of Daniel Evans’ five star production.

They are joined by John Coates, Adam Dutton, Kit Esuruoso, Nolan Frederick,Linford Johnson, Javar La’Trail Parker, Kate Milner-Evans, Maria Omakinwa, Ryan PidgenMykal RandLeo RobertsTosh Wanogho-MaudChristina BenningtonVictoria HindeLinda John-Pierre and Simbi Akande, Georgie Ashford, Laura Darton, Joshua Da Costa, Dale Evans and Tom Partridge.

Music is by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber. 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.

Show Boat is produced in the West End by David Ian with Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin.

One of the most romantic musicals of all time and 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 RiverMake Believeand Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

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.

Chris Peluso is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artists’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.



Booking until 7th January 2017

New London Theatre

Monday – Saturday 7:30pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees 2:30pm

Tuesday -Thursday £19.50 – £62.50, Friday and Saturday £19.50 – £69.50

0844 412 4654

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