Southerland’s staging of Titanic The Musical to launch tour in Southampton

Roy Tan

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Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway musical Titanic The Musical is to sail into the city where the RMS Titanic began its doomed maiden voyage at the start of its first tour.

Opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018 in the week of the Titanic’s 106th anniversary, the production which played a critically acclaimed season at the Charing Cross Theatre last year, will then embark on its first ever UK and Ireland tour.

First seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, the award-winning production which marked the London premiere of hit Titanic The Musical returned to the capital with director Southerland again at the helm in May 2016.

Based on the tragic true tale of the luxury liner that sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, Titanic The Musical has a score by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone. The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Commenting on the announcement of the UK tour, Yeston said: “The idea that a troupe of actors will tour this show in the UK, birthplace of the ship, where the workers of Belfast, the cabin boys and maids and stewards from Liverpool, the officers and crew, the stokers and stevedores from the Midlands all created a miraculous floating city, means more to me than I can say. I am touched that, musically, Titanic will finally be coming home, sung by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of its builders – touched, and forever grateful.”

Unveiling details of the tour’s Southampton launch which will run from 12-21 April, Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre’s chief executive said: “It is a real coup for Southampton that we are able to launch the very first UK tour from Mayflower Theatre, and I am thrilled that we are associate producers on Thom Southerland’s stunning production.

“On the actual 106th anniversary of the sinking on Saturday 14 April we will be holding a special evening performance, and we are excited about working in partnership with Sea City Museum to run a series of community events and education workshops. Our city was devastated by the impact of this tragic historical event and we are proud to help commemorate the lives of so many Southampton residents with this amazing theatrical experience.”

Titanic The Musical is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams, in association with the Mayflower Theatre.

Angela Thomas

www.mayflower.org.uk

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