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Show Boat to close early

The West End run of Daniel Evans' five star production will close at the end of August

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Daniel Evans' revival of Show Boat will end its West End run early, it has been announced.

The show was due to run at the New London Theatre until 7 January 2017. It will now close on 27 August.

Show Boat transferred to the West End following its opening at the Sheffield Crucible, where it garnered a string of strong reviews.

The musical, which features music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River.

The score features classics including "Make Believe", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol' Man River".

Producers David Ian, Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin said: "We could not be more proud of Daniel's production of Show Boat. This first class cast and creative team have delivered an exceptional production and we are delighted that London audiences have had the opportunity to see this five star show."

In the West End transfer, Malcolm Sinclair took the role of Captain Andy Hawks, while Chris Peluso played Gaylord Ravenal. They joined original cast members including Gina Beck, Lucy Briers, Rebecca Trehearn, Sandra Marvin and Emmanuel Kojo.

Read our review of Show Boat here.


Show Boat runs at the New London Theatre until 27 August.

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