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Perhaps the most influential musical of the twentieth century, Show Boat combined the talents of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, both of whom had felt for some time that Broadway musical theatre was suffering from a lack of depth and needed to steer away from the fluffy musical comedies and melodramatic operetta that it was accustomed to. After choosing for their subject Edna Ferber's sprawling novel of life on the Mississippi, Kern and Hammerstein set out to deal with issues such as unhappy marriages and racial prejudice.
The story, which spans almost fifty years, deals primarily with the fortunes of an impressionable young woman named Magnolia Hawks, her father who owns a show boat named the Cotton Blossom, and a troubled riverboat gambler/actor named Gaylord Ravenal. Magnolia and Gaylord fall in love while acting on the showboat and eventually marry and move to Chicago. They separate, however, after Gaylord loses all of their money gambling. The subplot involves Magnolia's mulatto friend, the tragic Julie La Verne.
Show Boat opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 27, 1927 and ran for 572 performances. It has been revived numerous times--most successfully by Hal Prince in 1994--and spawned several film versions including the 1936 film with Irene Dunne and the 1951 version with Ava Gardner and Howard Keel. The original cast included Charles Winninger, Norma Terris, Howard Marsh and Helen Morgan.
Running time2 hours 40 minutes including interval
Performance dates9 April 2016 to 27 August 2016
Please note, the first three rows of the Circle have the following attribute: Some action at front of stage may be obscured. PLEASE NOTE: The seating plan is for guide only and does not fully represent the layout of the venue. For a more accurate seating plan please refer to the 'Seating Plan' section above.
50% off Band A and Band B tickets. Valid Tuesday to Friday Evenings until 26 August. Subject to availability.
Final Four Weeks To See Daniel Evans' Five Star Sheffield Theatres' Production Of Show Boat
This limited season of Daniel Evans’ five star Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat today enters its final four weeks, playing its last West End performance at the New London Theatre on Saturday on 27 August 2016.
1 Aug, 2016 | By Jacob Porteous
Reviews / Features
Review: Show Boat At The New London Theatre
Show Boat has recently sailed into the West End to the New London Theatre after a successful run at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. It has been open for just over a month now, but has hit the headlines for both its five star reviews and for announcing a four months premature closing.
27 May, 2016 | By Molly Richardson
Reviews / Features
Review: ★★★★★ SHOW BOAT Is A Glorious And Enchanting Revival
The West End seems to be having a massive influx of incredible revivals at the moment – be it Gypsy last year, Funny Girl this year or Sunset Boulevard over at the ENO – but no one expected a revival of a show to be quite as stellar as this one of Show Boat at the New London Theatre. The show itself (which was first performed over 90 years ago) is finally back in London in this glorious and enchanting production which makes a show that could feel old a dreary feel as grand as any other.
23 May, 2016 | By Shaun Nolan
Reviews / Features
Review: Show Boat
If ever proof were needed that some of the best theatre comes from outside London, Daniel Evans’ production of Show Boat now showing at the New London Theatre is it. There’s been great excitement about this West End revival, following the show’s five-star run at the Sheffield Crucible last year. Boasting a stellar cast and a fabulous score, the show is a feel-good spectacular, a classic musical that will make you laugh, cry and seriously consider getting up and joining in.
20 Apr, 2016 | By Liz Dyer
Show Boat To Open At The New London Theatre April 2016
Having recently completed its run at the Sheffield Crucible, Show Boat opens at the New London Theatre on 9th April 2016. The Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern musical will be directed by Daniel Evans.
Showboat tickets on sale soon.
12 Feb, 2016 | By Jacob Porteous