Show Boat – Sheffield production transfers to New London in April 2016

SHOW BOAT by Hammerstein, Gina Beck; The Company, Writer - Oscar Hammerstein II, Director - Daniel Evans, Designer - Lez Brotherstoni, Lighting - David Hersey, Choreographer - Alistair David, Music - David White, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK, 2015, Credit - Johan Persson - /

Show Boat transfers from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield to the New London Theatre in April 2016. Picture: Johan Persson

Daniel Evans’ production of Show Boat will transfer from Sheffield to the West End in the spring of 2016. With booking opening today (12 February 2016), previews begin at the New London Theatre on 9 April, with press night on 25 April 2016.

With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber, Evans’ production is booking to 7 January 2017. 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.

The production opened at the Crucible in Sheffield on 10 December last year and after being hailed by audiences and critics alike extended booking to 23 January 2016. Show Boat is produced in the West End by David Ian with Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin. Casting for the production will be announced shortly.

Daniel Evans said: “Show Boat is often thought to be the mother of all musicals. Hammerstein and Kern’s score continues to blow audiences away, almost 90 years later. As well as being a riveting story, the piece’s themes of family and freedom still speak to us today in a profound way. I feel proud that the production we made in Sheffield will now get to travel further afield and be experienced by yet more audiences in the capital.”

David Ian added: “I am absolutely thrilled, along with my co-producers Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin, to be bringing Daniel’s groundbreaking production of Show Boat to the West End. As soon as I saw the production in Sheffield there was no doubt in my mind that we absolutely had to bring the show in to London, giving West End audiences the opportunity to see this brand new version of such an incredible musical.”

Multi award-winning Evans took over as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres in 2009 and in June this year he steps down to take over as artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre. As a director at Sheffield Theatres his productions include The EffectAnything Goes, Oliver!, This is My Family, The Full Monty, My Fair Lady, Macbeth, Othello, Racing Demon as part of The David Hare Season and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season.

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.

Tickets for Show Boat are available HERE.

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