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The Scottsboro Boys

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Kander and Ebb’s provocative musical, based on real events in 1930s America, returns to the London stage following its Olivier Award nominated run at the Young Vic. Read More >

Kander and Ebb’s provocative musical The Scottsboro Boys tells the true story of nine young black men who travelled together on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives had been changed forever by the devastating effect of a single lie.

Two white women falsely accused the nine of rape. Even though one of the women later recanted her accusation and in spite of a total absence of evidence, the boys were convicted. Their subsequent trials and appeals, lasting seven years, deeply divided the nation. Their trial led to the passage of two pivotal Supreme Court rulings, including the right to proper legal representation and the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers, specifically ensuring that black people could no longer be excluded from juries.

But back in 1931, behind the screaming headlines, nine young men were desperate to prove to the world that they were human beings and that they mattered.

When The Scottsboro Boys, the final musical written by the team of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss Of The Spider Woman), received its premiere in New York in 2010, it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards.

When it received its UK premiere at the Young Vic last year it garnered a further six Olivier Award nominations.

The Scottsboro Boys is suitable for theatregoers aged 12 and older.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 4/10/2014

Opening Night: 20/10/2014

Closing Night: 21/02/2015

Running time: 1h40

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Cast & Creative


Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Forrest McClendon, Julian Glover, James T Lane, Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock, Carl Spencer


Director - Susan Stroman

Producer - Catherine Schreiber, Paula Marie Black and Young Vic in association with Michael and Gabrielle Palitz, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W.Batman /David Asper, Probo Productions/Deborah Hicks Midanek/Bard Theatricals, Kathryn Phillips/Joe Black & Eric Canal-Forgues/Dominic Lindesay-Bethune

Choreographer - Susan Stroman

Lighting Designer - Ken Billington

Set Designer - Beowulf Boritt

Sound - Paul Arditti

Lyrics By - John Kander & Fred Ebb

Music By - John Kander & Fred Ebb

About Garrick Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, United Kingdom WC2H 0HH

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