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Responding to the latest debate on ‘theatre etiquette’ or should that term be banned?

In Features, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Debbie GilpinLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Titanic adds week & ‘stagey’ midweek matinee to Charing Cross run

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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.

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TITANIC – Charing Cross Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

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.

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TITANIC – Charing Cross Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

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!

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TITANIC – Charing Cross Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Titanic casting announced for new Charing Cross Theatre run

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

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

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NEWS: Thom Southerland brings musicals season to Charing Cross Theatre as new artistic director

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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

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P’YONGYANG – Finborough Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

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.

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Review: Superman the Musical (Leicester Square Theatre)

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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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Review: Titanic (Southwark Playhouse)

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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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