Titanic conquers London - and is one of the summer’s hottest tickets!
It has become an instant hit, indeed a sensation, with 4 star raves from all the major critics – including: The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Observer and The Sunday Express, and every performance 100% sold out. People are seeing it and immediately rebooking for repeat visits... Magic Radio said it was "the hottest ticket of the 2013 summer".
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"We all know how this story tragically ends but the skill of Peter Stone's superb book is to distill that inevitable and powerful drama through characters drawn from each class of the passengers and the ship's management and crew into people that we come to know and care about. A 20-strong ensemble company lend them powerful voices to hauntingly sing Maury Yeston's spellbinding melodies"
Mark Shenton Sunday Express ✭✭✭✭
"As far as I was concerned, Titanic had almost everything against it. I had reckoned without the director Thom Southerland. Two years ago, at Southwark's former premises, he made the miniature look mighty in Parade. Now he has steered a multi-voiced, constantly moving musical into a small space. He makes the work look populous but not congested. It is sung in full-throated glory. The ensemble work (in a work about division) is glorious. It lifts the spirits."
Susannah Clapp, The Observer
“Thom Southerland's adroitly staged and affecting chamber production. Southerland's beautifully sung revival keeps things simple and fluid on David Woodhead's cleverly austere design. Best of all, there are some seriously cracking performances from a first-class ensemble.”
Lyn Gardner,The Guardian ✭✭✭✭
“With exhilaratingly crisp performances from the ensemble cast and band (it is almost unfair to mention individual performances), director Thom Southerland directs with infallible emotional nuance and brings a real touch of Broadway glitter to the faintly utilitarian surroundings of the Southwark Playhouse”
Jane Shillings The Daily Telegraph ✭✭✭✭
“This is a gripping, ambitious ensemble piece and, with a steady hand and a gimlet eye for detail, the director steers it on a course to success”
Sam Marlowe, The Times ✭✭✭✭
“Thom Southerland’s staging is a marvel of ingenuity, creating an astonishingly epic experience in an intimate studio space with a spare set and a cast of 20 nimbly playing multiple roles with verve.
“Yeston’s literate lyrics are beautifully crafted, and having the cast of 20 belt them out a couple of metres away from your face is irresistibly spine-tingling”
Theatre Editor Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out ✭✭✭✭
“Bursting on to the stage like a tsunami, the cast simply stun with their huge opening number, this is “Wow” with a capital “W”, full of beautifully sung, complex harmonies. It is the full company who leave the lasting impression though, with a chilling reprise of their opening number. If all musical theatre at the new Southwark Playhouse is of the standard of Titanic, this will be the place to visit.”
“In this top-notch production directed by Thom Southerland, every scene and song shines with swelling sincerity”
A Younger Theatre
Thom Southerland’s production is totally, unerringly sensational – from the way the cast seem to build the ship at your feet in David Woodhead’s glorious thrust stage design, how neatly they double and treble the different classes of passengers and crew, how perfectly detailed are costume and props to how they collectively visualise the bulk of the liner while bringing Maury Yeston’s anthemic score to one of many, many fabulously sung climaxes.
The opening (Godspeed Titanic!) introduces the sheer sound the company can make. You are drawn to each individual onstage, yet captivated by the ensemble as a whole. The musical staging by Cressida Carre has extracted a very human physicality from the ensemble that is spot on, yet has maintained a display of obvious skill. The show stops your heart and makes the spine tingle. It manages to create a tension for an already clued-up audience, which is a credit to both ensemble and director.
“Southwark Playhouse has a reputation for reviving musicals, and many of their best productions have been directed by Thom Southerland, who does an impressive job here.”
The Mature Times
The new chamber version of the Tony-winning 1997 Broadway musical Titanic has opened at London's Southwark Playhouse, beginning performances July 26 prior to an official opening July 31, for a six-week run through Aug. 31.
It is being produced and directed by Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland, respectively, the same duo who previously brought new productions of Parade, Mack & Mabel and Victor/Victoria to Southwark Playhouse but in its earlier incarnation near London Bridge station.
The creative team also includes musical staging by Cressida Carre, musical direction by Mark Aspinall, design by David Woodhead, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound design by Andrew Johnson.
In the final hour of 14th April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and "the unsinkable ship" slowly sank, with the loss of 1,517 men, women and children.
Based on actual characters aboard the greatest ship in the world, the show, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, focuses 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.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit http://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk for more details