Based on the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat tells the story of freedom, loyalty and love. Spanning 40 years of American history, the musical follows the lives of three

generations aboard the Cotton Blossom show boat as it sails the Mississippi River, with a timeless score featuring such classics as Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

Daniel Evans’ production opened at the Sheffield Crucible on December 10, 2015, receiving an extended booking period to January 23, 2016. 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.”

Show Boat is produced in the West End by David Ian, with Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin. Show Boat is currently booking to January 7, 2017. Group rates are available for parties of 10-plus and 40-plus. For more information visit

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