Theatre breaks to see Show Boat in London
After a sold out run at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield, Show Boat Theatre Breaks directed by Daniel Evans is now at the New London theatre .
Featuring memorable songs such as Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, the story spans 40 years of pivotal American history over the turn of the last century. Set in the Deep South, this epic tale depicts the stories of the lives and loves of the performers, stage-hands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat.
Show Boat which was first produced on the London stage, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in 1928 featuring Paul Robeson who went on to appear in the 1936 film version. He is most famously remembered for his deep bass vocals when singing Ol’ Man River.
Its a musical classic that continues to blow modern audiences away with a magnificent uplifting power
Casting news : Chris Pelluso (Miss Saigon) and Gina Beck (Phantom of the Opera, Wicked) will lead the cast of Show Boat, which also stars Richard Brier’s daughter, Lucy Briers, who you’ll recognise from the BBC satire Twenty Twelve.
Hotels for Show Boat Theatre Breaks
Show Boat is on at the New London Theatre on Drury Lane. Nearest tube stations if you need to travel to the theatre are Covent Garden and Holborn on the Piccadilly and Central lines, which makes Kensington and Earls Court hotels easily accessible if you don’t want to be right in the centre of town.
If, however, you want to stay in the West End and not have to bother with public transport, there’s a wide range of “within walking distance” options available.
The Covent Garden Travelodge is closest to Show Boat, just at the opposite end of Drury Lane to Covent Garden. It is a basic 3 star hotel and great if you just want somewhere to lay your head – a great location right in the heart of Theatreland! Moving up the scale the 4 star Kingsway Hall Hotel is just round the corner from the theatre on Great Queen Street. This hotel is well worth checking out with a nice restaurant too but it is usually pretty empty for pre-theatre dining.
Other hotels with a short walk include the Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street on Seven Dials which is an high-end 4 star hotel (and Seven Dials is a lovely little area – Matilda is at the Cambridge Theatre there). Alternatively you could head the other side of Covent Garden for the 4 star Strand Palace Hotel opposite the distinctly 5 star Savoy Hotel. The world-famous Waldorf Astoria is also with walking distance on the Aldwych and offers some great deals for the weekend visitor.
Theatre: New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London WC2
Genre : Musical
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line or Holborn on the Piccadilly & Central lines
Opened: 26th April 2016
Booking to : Now closed
Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 1930; Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1430