Daniel Evans’ acclaimed production of Show Boat is to close in the West End four months earlier than planned.

The musical, which opened at the New London Theatre in April had been booking until January 2017 but will now close on 27 August 2016.

Starring Gina Beck and Chris Peluso, the musical transferred from Sheffield Crucible Theatre where it received 5 star reviews.

Producers David Ian, Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin said: “We could not be more proud of Daniel’s production of Show Boat. This first class cast and creative team have delivered an exceptional production and we are delighted that London audiences have had the opportunity to see this five-star show.”

One of the most romantic musicals of all time and set against the backdrop of America’s Deep South at the turn of the 20th Century, Show Boat follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard the Cotton Blossom show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. The show features the timeless songs Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

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