With the 101st anniversary of the Titanic's sinking only days behind us, news of an upcoming London production of the musical that honors the ship's fateful maiden voyage could not have come at a more appropriate time.
London's Southwark Playhouse has announced plans to produce a chamber version of the 1997 Broadway musical this summer. Performances will begin on July 26 with an official opening set for July 31. The production will have a six-week run, ending on August 31.
Featuring a score by Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston (Nine) and a book by Tony Award winner Peter Stone (Curtains), Titanic received six Tony Awards after its 1997 Broadway debut including honors for Best Book, Original Score, and Musical. The story is set on "the unsinkable ship" on April 14, 1912, the night of its collision with the iceberg that sunk it early the following morning. The musical's characters are based on the ship's real passengers, and the story explores their personal aspirations and hopes of achieving the American dream.
Producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland are reuniting for this production, after having previously worked together on productions of Parade, Mack & Mabel, and Victor/Victoria at the Southwark Playhouse.
Titanic's creative team will feature scenic design by David Woodhead, lighting by Howard Hudson, and sound by Andrew Johnson. Mark Aspinall will lend his musical direction with Cressida Carre providing musical staging. Casting is yet to be announced.