NVAP Musical Matinee: The Scottsboro Boys

Join us for a screening from the National Video Archive of Performance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre for Arts

  • Free event

NVAP Musical Matinee: The Scottsboro Boys photo

The Scottsboro Boys is a bold and provocative musical that sheds light on a tragic chapter in American history. Through its unique storytelling approach and powerful score, the show challenges audiences to confront the enduring legacy of racism and injustice and to fight for a more fair and equitable society. The book is by David Thompson, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. This production was directed by Susan Stroman at the Garrick Theatre, London, and recorded live by the V&A in February 2015.

This screening will be 2 hours, with no interval. Please note, NVAP's are subject to last minute changes.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: NVAP still from The Scottsboro Boys, 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London