IN April 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York.
So there couldn’t be a more suitable city for the start of the tour of the musical based on her famous and fateful journey. Titanic the Musical opens at the Mayflower Theatre on 12th April, in the week of 106th anniversary of the disaster, when the collision with an iceberg sank the “unsinkable ship.” In one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century, 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives.
Based on real people aboard the ship, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical 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 mastery lasting forever.
After its run at the Mayflower until 21st April, Titanic will tour theatres around the UK. The show opened in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse and returned to London in 2016 for a ten-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre. Before then it had limited access amateur
In Southampton the 106th anniversary of the sinking will be marked by a special evening performance. The Mayflower is working with Sea City Museum to run a series of community events and education workshops.
For more details of the Southampton run telephone 02380 711811 or visit the website, mayflower.org.uk
The production also visits Plymouth Theatre Royal from 18th to 23rd June,