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Gillian Lynne Theatre, London4.6306 reviews

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Show Boat is showing at the New London Theatre, London

The Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern musical will be directed by Daniel Evans.

Show Boat recently completed its run at the Sheffield Crucible. 

Reprising their performances for the musical's West End transfer will be Gina Beck (Wicked/Les Miserables) as Magnolia Hawks, Rebecca Trehearn (City Of Angels/Ghost) as Julie and Emmanuel Kojo (Scottsboro Boys) as Joe. 

Magnolia: I never complained. I've lived like this half the time - washing clothes, cooking food over a gas jet, but I loved him. And if all that came with him, I was willing to take care of it. I thought he knew that.

Further casting to be announced.

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.

Book Show Boat tickets now, at the New London Theatre, showing from April 2016


Please refer to the Seating Plan section above for a more accurate view of the layout for Show Boat's auditorium.

Additional Information

Running time

2 hours 40 minutes including interval

Performance dates

9 April 2016 to 27 August 2016

Special notes

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.

Venue Information

Gillian Lynne Theatre166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

Group Pricing

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Special Offer

Show Boat Ticket Offer Details

50% off Band A and Band B tickets. Valid Tuesday to Friday Evenings until 26 August. Subject to availability.

Customer Reviews

306 reviews4.6

Linda Knight6th September

Had seen the film many years ago but couldn't remember the storyline. Considering our tickets were bought at the last minute when I had an offer through we had really good seats on the end of the front row . The seats went round the stage in an arch but we were face on so had a good view . There were no well known actors in it or none that I knew but all the acting and singing was outstanding . A shame this show has come to an end but we love musicals and will certainly look forward to coming up to London to see another one soon

Caroline Edwards3rd September

Super show. Fantastic music

Jan Dabrowski31st August

Fantastic show and a great venue. The cast were brilliant.

Verity Bourne30th August

The show was fantastic! This was my second time. It's sad that it had to end early. It was a pleasure to see a show where you could hear the words of the singers and not have them blasted out by the accompaniment!!

Patricia Brewer28th August

Wonderful production. Excellent acting. Excellent singing. Very moving. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Shreya Saxena28th August

Amazing!! Loved the songs & the deep voices of all the singers. My brother enjoyed the show a lot . He himself is a singer & is going to sing one of your song in his concert.

Dianne Place26th August

Excellent show - fantastic cast, music and singing

Malcolm Corbett26th August

Lovely well-known songs and well produced. Long time since I saw the original but I don't remember the rather ponderous second half and the lack of a feel good rousing closing number - left us feeling a bit deflated!

JEAN BARKER26th August

wonderful superb spoilt by no info on lift and hard to climb all those stairs to circle

Stephen Crimmins25th August

We were captivated by the production and the performances from the start. Really enjoyable night.

Harry Kernohan25th August

Thoroughly enjoyed the show. All the cast could sing and the principals were good with clear voices. For those that haven't been the the New London, the stage protrudes into the audience so the audience sits around the stage, which makes it very intimate if you are at the front. Air conditioning a bonus on one of the hottest days of the year!!

Maggie Tyler25th August

It's the best show I've seen all year. Definitely not to be missed!