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Titanic - Southwark Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE CREATIVE team behind the acclaimed Southwark Playhouse musicals, Parade, Mack and Mabel and Victor/Victoria, are returning to the venue to present the European premiere of a new chamber version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Titanic.

Directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, it will run for a 6-week season from July 31 (previews from July 26) to August 31, 2013.

In the final hour of April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and “the unsinkable ship” slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, Phantom) and book by Peter Stone, Titanic is based on actual characters aboard the greatest ship in the world, focusing on their hopes and aspirations.

Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever.

In 2011, Thom Southerland was longlisted Best Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards for Parade and was named Best Director at the The Offies – Off West End Theatre Awards – for Me and Juliet at the Finborough.

As well as Victor/Victoria, Mack and Mabel and Parade at Southwark Playhouse, his credits include Daisy Pulls It Off and Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam! (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); the European premiere of I Sing!, Divorce Me, Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game and sold-out all-male adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union Theatre); Noël and Gertie (Cockpit Theatre); the European premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor Theatre); and the European premiere of State Fair (Finbourough/Trafalgar Studios).

Danielle Tarento, who was named Best Producer at the 2012 Offies, also produced Victor/Victoria, Mack and Mabel, Parade and Company at Southwark Playhouse; as well as Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola Theatre); Burlesque and Drowning on Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre); and Noël and Gertie (Cockpit Theatre).

Tarento is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory and co-produced all in-house shows from 2004 to 2006, including Sunday In The Park With George, which received a West End transfer and five Olivier Awards.

Titanic will have musical staging by Cressida Carre, musical direction by Mark Aspinall, set and costume design by David Woodhead, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Andrew Johnson. Casting has yet to be announced.

Titanic was the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions, previews (July 26 – 30) all seats £10. Available from the box office on 020 7407 0234 or online at www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.