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Susan Stroman Directs The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre

Sunday, 4th May 2014  

The Production Originally Appeared at The Young Vic Theatre from October Last Year

Last year audiences at the Young Vic Theatre witnessed the acclaimed production of Kander and Ebb’s musical The Scottsboro Boys, which played for just under a month from October. Now that production is going to be granted new life in the West End as it follows up its Olivier Award-nominations with a run at the Garrick Theatre this October. The show features direction and choreography from Susan Stroman, though the cast is yet to be confirmed.

The Scottsboro Boys is based on the real life story of a group of black teenage men who are in search for a new life, travelling on a train through the Alabama city of Scottsboro in the 1930s. But their time in the town turned out to be far from joyous as they are faced with hardship and injustice as two white women accuse all nine of them of rape. Despite the lack of evidence and despite one of the women recanting her story, they are convicted.

Not only did the case have a huge effect on their own lives, it also sharply divided the nation and had a huge effect on American society as the 20th century progressed.

Director Stroman has helmed the show on both sides of the Atlantic, having led the way at the Lyceum Theatre in New York back in 2010. She has also made a mark on productions in the United Kingdom as well, from Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory to Oklahoma! at the Olivier National Theatre (the latter featuring her choreography, rather than her direction). She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director when The Scottsboro Boys appeared at the Young Vic Theatre.

The Garrick Theatre is currently the home of Twelve Angry Men, best known for the 1957 movie starring Henry Fonda and directed by Sidney Lumet, and will also set the stage for Suggs: My Life Story In Words And Music in June.

Meanwhile, The Scottsboro Boys runs at the West End venue from Tuesday 21st October 2014 (previews from Saturday 4th October 2014) to Saturday 21st February 2015.

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