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In case you were unaware (unlikely, considering it’s now made it to the BBC news website) at Tuesday evening’s performance of Titanic last week in Nottingham, a pair of women in the front row decided they needed to watch the penalty shootout in England’s World Cup knockout game instead of what was going on in front of them.
This dignified production has a glorious and moving score with a story full of aspirations, hope, love, ambition and ultimately tragedy. A fantastic performance which deserved the standing ovation.
Casting has been confirmed for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic The Musical.
Several shows in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, announced next Sunday 9 April, are also recognised this week in the third-annual Also Recognised Awards – in some notably different categories.
Sadly, there are some great shows that are closing in the capital, so here is your final opportunity to catch them while they are in the city (except for the first three which finished this past weekend!) How many have you seen already?…
RADIO TIMES – which was due to follow the critically acclaimed Titanic as the second offering in director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento’s season of musicals at Charing Cross Theatre – has been postponed.
Titanic’s record-breaking season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre has been extended by a week and will now finish on Saturday 13 August 2016. The regular midweek matinee on Wednesday 10 August will move to become a “Stagey Matinee” on Tuesday 9 August to give other West End performers chance to see it.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Jesse Eisenberg’s double West End debut The Spoils, Helen McCrory in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, the return of Titanic, and Human Animals at the Royal Court.
As Thom Southerland takes the helm as Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre, his hugely successful production of the musical Titanic returns to London with a limited season until 6 August 2016. But does it still make waves?
Full disclosure: I really care about the Titanic story, love maritime history, have met one of the last living survivors of the 1912 disaster, and visited exhibitions about it here and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The rediscovery of bandmaster Hartley’s violin stirred my depths. I was enraged by the dreadful eezi-pleazey James Cameron film, with its catchpenny inverted snobberies and schlocky Winslet-diCaprio rom-com; not to mention the shameful slur on First Officer Murdoch.
Now I am not going to bore you with recounting the story of the Titanic as you all know that, but in case you don’t – “spoiler alert” – they do not rewrite history of the ill-fated ship here!
Can I start with a confession? I never really “got” Titanic… Sure, Maury Yeston’s music and Peter Stone’s book had the requisite bombast, but I’d never seen much evidence of the heart. Leave it to Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento to prove me wrong again, as they did with Grand Hotel last year… Maybe next time I’ll have learned my lesson!
Unlike its ill-fated namesake, Thom Southerland’s production of Titanic has now made a triumphant trans-Atlantic return crossing, tying up at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a ten-week season. Acclaimed at the Southwark Playhouse three years ago and later in Toronto, this riverside reprise marks Southerland’s debut as Artistic Director at Charing Cross, with his long-time muse Danielle Tarento also on board as co-producer.
Titanic, one of the most acclaimed musicals in recent times, is sailing back to London for a 10-week season at Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 6 August 2016, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams. Have a listen to the cast in rehearsals…
Final casting is announced for the return of the multi award-winning production of the Broadway musical Titanic, first seen at Southwark Playhouse, which is coming back to London with director Thom Southerland once again at the helm. Titanic will set sail for a 10-week season at Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August 2016, produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan William
Thom Southerland has been appointed Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre. The rising star director has programmed an opening season of major musicals, including the return of his acclaimed multi award-winning 2013 hit Titanic (first seen at Southwark Playhouse) and the European premiere of Death Takes a Holida
Does Neil McPherson, artistic director of this fringe venue, have a direct line to the North Korean capital? In an uncanny coincidence he is opening In-Sook Chappell’s new play about everyday life in the Big Brother state in the same week as North Korea has announced that it has tested a hydrogen bomb. Similarly coincidental is the fact that Mia Chung’s You for Me for You, another play on a very similar subject, is still running at the Royal Court. Both of these studio plays paint a very similar picture of the deprivations visited on ordinary citizens.
Apart from the elegant baritone of Craig Berry in the lead, I didn’t think much of It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … Superman the Musical: the sets looked cardboard and so did much of the acting, and the production felt clumsy rather than amusingly quirky. There’s one decent song ‘You’ve Got Possibilities’ otherwise the […]
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Warning, this review contains spoilers: it sinks. It also takes longer to go down than the actual ship. And there in a nutshell you have the inevitable inevitability which makes even a totally brilliant staging of a promising score feel over-long and predictable. Sure, the plots of most popular musicals are already familiar to the […]
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