It’s not often you see a touring production greeted with a standing ovation but as one of the many on their feet I can say it was thoroughly deserved for Titanic the Musical. Shows like this simply don’t come around often enough.
So after the fascinating Shadow Factory, Southampton gets a second theatrical take on its history with the touring revival of Thom Southerland’s marvellous production of Maury Yeston’s Titanic musical.
Thom Southerland’s acclaimed London premiere of Harold and Maude has added six weeks to its limited run at Charing Cross Theatre. Linda Marlowe and Patrick Walshe McBride are announced today as the production’s new title stars.
Harold and Maude is so full of happiness and magic. This gem cannot stay hidden, it is too special to stay hidden, it needs the recognition it deserves. In a dreary winter, treat yourself to this ray of light.
This new stage version of Harold & Maude says more about modern attitudes to ageing, about feminism, migration and seizing opportunities than the current slew of angry Fringe diatribes. And it says it more elegantly.
Maybe this Harold & Maude isn’t a show for fans of the movie – it doesn’t match up, but that’s ok. It does still do a pretty good job in delivering a desperately needed dose of life affirmation on a cold February evening.