"Truly unmissable"
-The Stage-

"Immensely powerful"
-The Financial Times-

"a genuinely radical musical"
-The Guardian-

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About the show

The Scottsboro Boys received high praise from the critics and played to sold out audiences when it had its UK premiere at the Young Vic last year. Now the show transfers to the West End's Garrick Theatre from the 4th of October for a strictly limited 20 week season.

The show features music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team behind hit musicals Cabaret and Chicago, and marks their last collaboration prior to Ebb’s death. The book was written by David Thompson.

Based on a true story, this groundbreaking musical tells the tale of nine young black men wrongly accused of raping two white women and the prejudice they suffered during their trial. In 1931 Alabama the young men were denied fair representation, unfairly tried and sentenced to death. Their trial and the outcry that surrounded it altered history forever and kick started the civil rights movement.

The show was nominated for an astonishing 12 Tony Awards when it played on Broadway in 2010. This new production was nominated for six Laurence Olivier Awards including Best Musical and was winner of the Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award in 2013.

Directed and choreographed by five time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. The show cleverly employs a minstrel show format to highlight the racism of the time. The juxtaposition of the form and content turns heavy subject matter into an all singing all dancing affair to powerful impact.

Brandon Victor Dixon star of the original US production of The Scottsboro Boys makes his West End debut in the lead role of  Haywood Patterson.  Brandon Victor Dixon has previously starred as Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical on Broadway. Reprising their roles after their critically acclaimed performances at The Young Vic last year are American cast members Colman Domingo (Olivier Award nominated) as Mr Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr Tambo and James T Lane as Ozie Powell. British cast members include Game of Thrones star Julian Glover, reprising his role as The Interlocutor. They appear alongside  Carl Spencer, Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Emmanuel Kojo, Keenan Munn-Francis, Joshua Da Costa, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock and Carl Spencer.

The Scottsboro Boys is booking until the 21st Of February 2015.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Chicago and Cabaret will appreciate the score from Kander and Ebb. Please note this show is recommended for children 12+ as it contains themes of an adult nature.

Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

4th Oct 2014

22nd Jan 2021

21st Feb 2015

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes with no interval


Recommended for children 12+