Theatre launches new production of classical musical Show Boat

Gina Beck and Michael Xavier in rehearsal for Showboat at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Gina Beck and Michael Xavier in rehearsal for Showboat at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

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A lavish new production of one of the most romantic musicals of all time opens in Sheffield this week.

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s epic musical Show Boat launches on the Crucible stage tonight (Thursday, December 10), where it runs until January 23.

When Magnolia falls in love with a handsome stranger, they set off on an adventure to the big city. But can their love survive away from the banks of their beloved Mississippi?

Guaranteed to sweep audiences off their feet this Christmas, this classic show includes the soaring melodies of Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, the show-stopping Ol’ Man River.

The cast of talented performers including double Olivier nominee Michael Xavier (Into The Woods, Love Story) as dashing Gaylord Ravenal and Gina Beck (Wicked – West End and US Tour, Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty’s, Les Misérables – Queen’s Theatre) as Magnolia Hawks.