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The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys

18 Oct - 21 Dec 2013

Music & Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

A Young Vic & Catherine Schreiber production

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“Extraordinary and unforgettable” 
The Metro

A shocking, gripping, superbly staged, fabulously well-performed show
Mail on Sunday

"It’s thrilling to see at the Young Vic – the exuberance is intimate"
The Observer

“Stunning... dazzlingly daring”
The Guardian

“An epic, taboo-busting musical”
The Times

“Kyle Scatliffe is a muscular, charismatic star”
The Daily Mail

“Daring, brilliant… the whole cast is superb”
The Evening Standard

“Savage, subversive and intelligent”
Time Out

Passionate, original and deeply moving” 
The Daily Telegraph

Thrilling and audacious
Financial Times 

"A heartfelt cry for humanity"
The Sunday Telegraph 

"A brilliantly conflicted evening of joyous song and dance"
The Sunday Times 

"The boldest and most radically realised show of the year"
The Sunday Express 

It’s showtime, boys…

Kander and Ebb’s exhilarating, dazzling and provocative musical receives its UK premiere, once again directed by Susan Stroman, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer of The Producers.

1931. Nine black teenagers board a train in Scottsboro, Alabama, in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives – and those of every American – would be changed forever.

Accused of an unspeakable crime, their trial would divide a nation. But behind the screaming headlines was the devastating story of nine young men, desperate to prove to the world that they mattered.

Nominated for a remarkable 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Scottsboro Boys is bold, wildly inventive and a daring modern classic of musical theatre.

Step right up and meet the Scottsboro Boys. Their story will change everything… 


Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2:30pm (no matinees on 19/23/26/30 Oct)

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes 


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £35 
Previews: (18 - 28 Oct) £10, £15, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

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In the press

"We were looking for the truth and here was nothing but the truth." Susan Stroman talks to The Times about creating The Scottsboro Boys with Fred Ebb and John Kander, and why telling this true story matters so much (behind the paywall, article is for subscribers)

Director and choreographer Susan Stroman meets Time Out to discuss musical theatre, touchy subjects and making it believable 

Adebayo Bolaji speaks to The British Blacklist about playing the oldest of The Scottsboro Boys Clarence Norris

BBC Radio 4's Today meet Clarence Norris' daughter Deborah Norris to discuss her father and the legacy of The Scottsboro Boys (report from 44mins)

"It’s always been about the excitement of finding a way to tell a story," The Daily Telegraph meet legendary composer John Kander to discuss The Scottsboro Boys

Michael Billington recommends The Scottsboro Boys as the show to see this autumn in The Guardian

Colman Domingo meets the Metro to talk about his upbringing, The Scottsboro Boys and a devastating true story 

"She challenges you to be better than you thought you could be" Colman Domingo talks to The Stage about rehearsing with director Susan Stroman

Bond villain Julian Glover is to make his musical debut, reports the Evening Standard

The Stage
announces the cast for The Scottsboro Boys in London.

‘One of the most stunning pieces of theatre I have ever seen’ says Baz Bamigboye in the
Daily Mail

The New York Post calls The Scottsboro Boys 'dazzling' in this review of the Broadway production.

Lime Magazine meet with Colman Domingo to discuss returning to the role of Mr Bones, this heartbreaking story and reaching British audiences (interview on page 16)

The American Magazine speak to Forrest McClendon on his role in The Scottsboro Boys and using a musical to tell this important story from US history

Direction & Choreography 
Susan Stroman
Set Design Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design Ken Billington
Sound Design Paul Arditti
Musical Director Robert Scott
Orchestrations Larry Hochman
Musical Arrangements Glen Kelly
Vocal Arrangements David Loud
UK Casting Jill Green CDG
US Casting Jim Carnahan CSA and Stephen Kopel CSA 
Associate Director
Nigel West
Assistant Choreographer
Eric Santagata


Adebayo Bolaji
Christian Dante White
Colman Domingo
Julian Glover
Dawn Hope 
Idriss Kargbo
James T Lane
Forrest McClendon
Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton
Clinton Roane 
Emile Ruddock
Kyle Scatliffe
Carl Spencer 

Martin Bishop
Susan Lawson-Reynolds
Joshua Liburd
Jordan Shaw

The Scottsboro Boys was originally produced in New York City by the Vineyard Theatre, where it opened in February 2010. It was further developed at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, before transferring to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. 

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