Get better acquainted with the Crucible Show Boat set

SHOW BOAT The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK, 2015,
SHOW BOAT The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK, 2015,

Show Boat Touch Tour, Crucible

Touch Tours give visually impaired customers a chance to acquaint themselves with the set and props of the production before they attend a performance.

The tour is free and starts at 5.45pm tomorrow, Thursday.

There’s also a free talkback session with the cast and creative team after tomorrow’s evening show.

The musical, first performed in New York in 1927, tells the story of a Mississippi River show boat, a type of floating theatre, over 40 years from 1887 and the changing fortunes of the performers and crew on board.

The show, which has had five-star reviews, looks at racial segregation and love and includes classic songs such as Old Man River and Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine.

The show boat, the Cotton Blossom, is captained by Andy Hawks, played by Homeland actor Allan Corduner, and the story follows his daughter Magnolia (Gina Beck) and her troubled romance with gentleman drifter Gaylord Ravenal (Michael Xavier).

Other stars include Rebecca Trehearn as actress Julie and Sandra Marvin as ship servant Queenie.

Her husband, Joe, is played by Emmanuel Kojo.

There’s another chance to get behind the scenes on Saturday at 10am.

Visitors can explore the design process, find out about lighting and see how the team ensure the smooth running of the show to gain an insight into technical theatre and design.

The tour is suitable for those aged 16+ and tickets cost £15.

Show Boat runs until Saturday, January 23. Box office: 0114 249 6000 or online at Sheffield Theatres