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Show Boat

Gillian Lynne Theatre, London

Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre, London

Important Information: 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.

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  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Show Boat - Gillian Lynne Theatre

If you ask someone to name one of the oldest musicals that comes to mind then many people are bound to answer you with Show Boat, the iconic 1927 musical that has regularly entertained the crowds for almost a whole century. Despite its age it keeps on returning to the stage and with numerous film versions also emerging over the years, it is clear that it remains a timeless story with a large audience.

So when it returns to the West End in 2016 expect audiences to flock to hear renditions of classic musical numbers like Ol’ Man River as Emmanuel Kojo belts out the well known tune whilst taking on the role of Joe. The show also features other cast members like Gina Beck and Rebecca Trehearn, all of whom previously played these parts when the production was staged at the Sheffield Crucible.

The Oscar Hammerstein II show centres on a Mississippi show boat going by the name Cotton Blossom and this epic tale chronicles the boat’s workers over four decades, dealing with the transition of centuries and the passing of time. As well as Ol’ Man River it is also well known for featuring songs like Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, plus many more.

In the decades since the show was first seen in 1927, Show Boat has accumulated new audiences with each generation, ranging from fans of the classic films (which saw name like Paul Robeson appear) to new stage revivals. The West End staged a high profile production in the early 1990s that went on to earn a Laurence Olivier Award, showing that even with the passage of time, Show Boat is still something that resonates with audiences.

So they will be hoping for some stand-out performances at the New London Theatre and they will get just that with names like Emmanuel Kojo and Gina Beck. Kojo was recently seen in The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre, whilst Beck is best known for playing Glinda in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

They appear in Show Boat when it replaces War Horse at the New London Theatre. It begins performances on Monday 25th April 2016 (previews from Saturday 9th April 2016). 

Show & Venue Information

Gillian Lynne Theatre
Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane

Booking From

Saturday, 09 April 2016

Booking To

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Running Time

2 hours 40 minutes including interval

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