Poster SHOWBOAT - November 2003
The story, based on Edna Ferber's novel about life on a Mississippi show boat, tells parallel love stories of two doomed marriages.

Magnolia, the daughter of the Cotton Blossom's owner, falls in love and runs off to Chicago with a dashing riverboat gambler. Their marriage is wrecked by his love for Lady Luck, however, and her family brings the pregnant Magnolia back to the show boat to have her baby. Ultimately, she reconciles with her husband to give the marriage another try. The star singer on the Cotton Blossom, beautiful Julie LaVerne, and her husband run afoul of Southern law when the sheriff discovers that she is mulatto and her husband is white. They are forced to leave the show boat and flee because Southern law forbids miscegnation.

Music by Jerome Kern. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

SHOWBOAT first opened on Broadway on Dec 27 1927 and ran for 572 performances.

Windy McLain Tom Hudson
Steve Baker Jonathan Shirlaw
Pete Gavin Chris Clarke
Queenie Peta Mewett
Parthy Ann Hawkes Linda Partridge
Captain Andy Brian Sweatman
Ellie May Chipley Kate Langrish
Frank Schultz Steve Reading
Rubberface Smith John McLaughlin
Julie Hayley Beames
Gaylord Ravenal Paul Tulley
Sherriff Ike Vallon Bill Price
Magnolia Hawkes Jane Pegler
Joe Julian Sykes
Backwoodsmen Irvine Forbes, Chris Clarke
Landlady, Mrs O'Brien Abby Phillips
Jake, Charlie Dennis Redding
Mother Superior Rebecca Wright
Kim Ravenal Alice Mayhead
Old Lady Sue Wright
Producer & Choreographer Audrey Pring
Musical Director Alan Pring
Official Accompanist Jean Porter
Assistant Choreographer Sara Harkness
Stage Director Colin D Justice
Stage Manager Michael Williams
Assistant Stage Managers George Hyde, Frank Watson
Stage Crew Vic Bolton, Dave Churcher, Richard Fulstow, Sam Evans, Pete Langrish, Roy Luke, John Meyer, George Phillpot, Tom Potts, Peter Price, Simon Roe, Marc Scott, Lee Stoddart, Sandra Whitmore-Jones
Head Flyman Jason Smith
Fly Crew Kate Evans, Paul Hodge, Steve Naylor, Norman Price
Sound Mitchell Sound (Steve & Cathy Oldfield)
Lighting Design Steve Daddow
Property Mistress Amanda Knight
Property Assistants Patricia Oliver, Julia Phillpot, Sheila Stoddart
Wardrobe Co-ordinator Carole Gennings
Wardrobe Assistant Maureen Francis
Hair & Make-up Christine Wenzel
Hair & Make-up Assistant Marion Williams
Publicity Steve Guermonprez, Caroline Archer
Front of House Photographs Ivan Saunders
Programme Design & Production Holbrooks Printers
Ticket Controller Anita Waterhouse
Ticket Assistants Linda Smither, Pat Wallace
Canteen Betty Edwards, Lesley Hogan
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Violins Nuala Land, Judy Taylor, Jerry Salway
Viola Alan Barr
Cello Nigel McNestrie
Bass Alan Ham
Flute Helen Walton
Oboe Rebecca Gedge
Clarinets Paul Styles, Colin Campbell
Trumpets Roger Hammond, Peter Pring
Trombone Gareth Llewelyn
Horn Allan Mead
Percussion George Race
Keyboard Jean Porter