The Scottsboro Boys

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Following a sell out five star run at the Young Vic in 2013 and a turn on Broadway in 2010, The Scottsboro Boys makes its much anticipated West End debut at the Garrick Theatre. Having received rave reviews, 14 Tony Nominations and six Laurence Olivier Awards, The Scottsboro Boys has been widely hailed as one of the best new musicals to debut in the past few years.

Written by David Thompson and with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys is based on a true story. Set in 1931 Alabama amid a rape trail, nine young black Americans are awaiting trail and faced with a likely death sentence.

Wrongly accused, the boys struggle with life in prison until they are offered new hope in the form of New York lawyer, Samuel Leibowitz. As holes are found in the accusers stories, it becomes apparent that there is no justice in a racist society.

To add further poignancy to the subject matter, the musical begins and ends with a lady waiting for bus, who is later revealed to be Rosa Parks, the black lady who’s refusal to move down the bus to make room for a white man sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The story is told via the structure of a minstrel show, generating a juxtaposition pf content and mood. The musical structure of the show works to distance the audience from the action, generating a social critique on the events.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Read our ★★★★★ review of The Scottsboro Boys here

Child Friendly?

The Scottsboro Boys deals with very sensitive subject matter such as racism and rape and is therefore not suitable for young children.

Seating Tips

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