Artistic Director Daniel Evans today announces the full company for his new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat, which sails onto the Crucible stage from Thursday 10 December 2015 until Saturday 16 January 2016.

Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans and features classics of musical theatre including Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and the landmark Ol’ Man River.

Evans will direct double Oliver Award nominated Michael Xavier (Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory and The Pajama Game, Shaftesbury Theatre) as dashing gambler Gaylord Ravenal and West End musical star Gina Beck (Wicked – West End and US Tour, Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty’s, Les Miserables – Queen’s Theatre) as the impressionable Magnolia Hawks who falls for his irresistible charms. They are joined by Lucy Briers (Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies – West End and Broadway) as Parthenia Hawks, Sandra Marvin (City of Angels, Hairspray, Chicago, Kate Bush’s Before Dawn) as Queenie, Emmanuel Kojo (Kiss Me Kate, Scottsboro Boys) as Joe, Rebecca Trehearn (Ghost – UK Tour, City Of Angels) as Julie La Verne and Allan Corduner (Hello Dolly – Regents Park Open Air Theatre, BBC One’s The Musketeers) as Captain Andy Hawks.

The cast will be completed by Ian Carlyle (Charlie), John Coates (Sherrif Ike Vallon), Danny Collins (Frank Schultz), Adam Dutton (Windy), Akintunde Esuruoso (ensemble), Nolan Frederick (Jake), Bob Harms (Steve Baker), Victoria Hinde (ensemble and Dance Captain), Cristina Hoey (ensemble), Linda John-Pierre (ensemble), Linford Johnson (ensemble), Kate Milner-Evans (Mrs O'Brien), Maria Omakinwa (ensemble), Ryan Pidgen  (Pete Gavin ), Kenny Thompson (ensemble), Tosh Wanogho-Maud  (Willy ) and Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley).

Tickets for Show Boat can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and are priced from £26.00 (concessions available).  A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).