Director Thom Southerland has recruited former crewmates for the maiden UK tour of the award-winning Titanic the Musical.
A cast of 25 actors, from across the country, will take the production to visit the cities and communities whose forebears built, manned and sailed on the famous ship.
A gala performance will be held in Southampton on April 17, in the same city from which the RMS Titanic set sail.
In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank.
It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations (read Stage Review’s five-star Titanic The Musical review – London production).
Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class hope to emulate the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaires of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.
The cast will feature 11 actors returning from Titanic The Musical’s performances at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre including Philip Rham back on the bridge as Captain Smith.
They include Alistair Barron,Greg Castiglioni, Simon Green, Claire Machin, Claire Marlowe, Philip Rham, Dudley Rogers,Victoria Serra, Niall Sheehy, Judith Street and Samuel J Weir.
They are joined by Kieran Brown, Lewis Cornay, Alexander Evans, Emma Harrold, Devon-Elise Johnson, Oliver Marshall, Matthew McDonald, Chris McGuigan, Matthew McKenna, Gemma McMeel, Janet Mooney, Joel Parnis, Timothy Quinlan and Stephen Webb.
Maury 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.”
Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, in April, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will transfer straight to Belfast, where the ship was constructed. From there, Titanic The Musical will visit 13 theatres nationwide.
Having received its UK premiere in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse, the production returned to London in 2016 for an 11-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre, where it won overwhelming critical acclaim.
Titanic The Musical has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, Phantom) and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776).
The pair has collectively won, including their previous works, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, an Olivier Award and three Tony Awards for their works.
The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
Titanic The Musical Tour Dates 2018
April 12 – 21, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton April 23 – 28, Grand Opera House, Belfast April 30 – May 5, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff May 7 – 12, The Lowry, Salford May 14 – 19, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin May 21 – 26, Sheffield Theatres May 28 – June 2, King’s Theatre Glasgow June 4 – 9, Birmingham Hippodrome June 11 – 16, Edinburgh, Playhouse – BUY TICKETS June 18 – 23, Theatre Royal, Plymouth June 25 – 30, Derngate Theatre, Northampton July 2 – 7, Theatre Royal, Nottingham July 9 – 14, Blackpool Winter Gardens July 16 – 21, Bromley, Churchill Theatre July 30 – August 4, Liverpool, Empire Theatre – BUY TICKETS