Titanic The Musical to sail into Belfast as part of debut national tour

The 2013 cast of Titanic The Musical. Picture: Scott Rylander

The eagerly anticipated UK and Ireland tour of Titanic The Musical will make an early stop at Belfast, the city where the doomed ship was built.

As previously announced, Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway will begin its first tour in Southampton, the city where the RMS Titanic began its fateful maiden voyage.

Opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018, in the week of the Titanic’s 106th anniversary, the production will play the Mayflower until 21 April before heading for Belfast’s Grand Opera House from 23-28 April.

The tour will then visit Cardiff, Salford, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Northampton, Nottingham, Blackpool, and Bromley.

First seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, the award-winning production which marked the London premiere of the show returned to the capital with director Southerland again at the helm in May last year. The record-breaking musical launched Southerland’s first season as artistic director at the Charing Cross Theatre with a successful 11-week run.

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 (Woman of the Year). 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.”

Commenting on the show’s Southampton run which will run from 12-21 April, Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre 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. 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

Readers may also be interested in:

Titanic – Charing Cross Theatre, London – Review

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