Thom Southerland has been appointed artistic director of London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
The rising star director has programmed an opening season of major musicals, including the return of his acclaimed multi award-winning Titanic and the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday.
Titanic was originally produced at Southwark Playhouse in 2013 by Danielle Tarento.
Tarento and Southerland will continue their successful long-time collaboration at Charing Cross Theatre, where the former will co-produce the entire season with Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
Following Titanic (Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August) with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, the three other productions are:
Radio Times (Saturday 20 August – Saturday 1 October) – music by Noel Gay and book by Abi Grant with additional material from Alex Armitage.
Ragtime (Saturday 8 October – Saturday 26 November) – music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally.
Death Takes a Holiday (Saturday 3 December – Saturday 21 January, 2017) – music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan, the European premiere of the follow-up to Titanic by its Tony Award-winning composers.
Southerland will direct all the shows apart from Radio Times, which will be directed by Ben Woolf.
Steven M. Levy said: “Thom Southerland’s appoinment marks the start of an exciting, fabulous new chapter in the history of our theatre. As we turn into a full-time producing house we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Thom as artistic director and to welcome Danielle Tarento as our season co-producer.”
Southerland, speaking from Japan, where he’s directing a new version of his London hit, Grand Hotel, said: “Having directed The Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre, I am thrilled to have been appointed artistic director. It’s doubly exciting to be able to premiere Titanic composer Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday to round off this first season.”
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