This Christmas Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans will direct Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless masterpiece Show Boat on the Crucible stage. The musical will run from 10 December 2015–16 January 2016 (press night is 16 December).
Evans said: “I’m thrilled to announce our autumn season. I’m looking forward to directing a seminal work of American musical theatre, Show Boat, our most ambitious Christmas production to date.
“I’m also proud that our co-production of Anything Goes continues its journey around the UK. Productions such are these are testament to our commitment to taking our work to larger and more diverse audiences within and without our city region.”
Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, Show Boat 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 features classics of musical theatre including ‘Make Believe’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’, and ‘Ol’ Man River’.
Alongside Evans in the creative team are designer Lez Brotherston and choreographer Alistair David (the latter also choreographed Anything Goes).
Evans previously directed This is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production), The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver!, The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), 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.
As an actor, his previous work for the company includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. For his role in Sunday in the Park With George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination. His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre.
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