Casting has been confirmed for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic The Musical.
Once again directed by Thom Southerland, 25 actors will take the production to visit the cities and communities whose forebears built, manned and sailed on the famous ship. The tour will start at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 12 to 21 April 2018.
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.
The cast includes Alistair Barron (Titanic The Musical, Bumblescratch); Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera, Chess); Greg Castiglioni (Titanic The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof); Lewis Cornay (The Break, Brothers); Alexander Evans (Eugenius, The Sound of Music); Simon Green (Titanic The Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert); Emma Harrold (Cinderella, The Sound of Music); Devon-Elise Johnson (Half a Sixpence, Mamma Mia!); Claire Machin (Titanic The Musical, The Girls); Claire Marlowe (Titanic The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest); Oliver Marshall (Blondel, Forty Years On); Matthew McDonald (Death Takes a Holiday, A Christmas Carol); Chris McGuigan (Bananaman The Musical, West Side Story); Matthew McKenna (Bananaman The Musical, 42nd Street); Gemma McMeel (Big Fish, Royal Variety Performance); Janet Mooney (The Woman in White, The Braille Legacy); Joel Parnis (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables); Timothy Quinlan (Jersey Boys, Mack & Mabel); Philip Rham (Titanic The Musical, Dr Korczak’s Example); Dudley Rogers (Titanic The Musical, A Christmas Carol); Victoria Serra (Titanic The Musical, Mamma Mia!); Niall Sheehy (Titanic The Musical, Miss Saigon); Judith Street (Titanic The Musical, The Girls); Stephen Webb (Rothschild & Sons, Jersey Boys); and Samuel J Weir (Common, The Caucasian Chalk Circle).
Maury Yeston commented on the cast of the UK tour: “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.”
After the run in Southampton, the critically-acclaimed 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.
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.