After rave reviews for it's Broadway show, Titanic the Musical is setting sail on its UK tour from a very fitting starting point: Southampton. The musical will open on Thursday April 12th at the Mayflower Theatre, 106 years after the RMS Titanic departed from Southampton's docks on April 10th 1912. The show will run from April 12th till April 21st, before continuing to tour the rest of the UK.
Titanic the Musical is not a stage adaption of James Cameron's 1997 film, so you're not likely to hear "My Heart Will Go On" during the performance. Characters are based on real passengers, and the musical explores their stories and their motivations for setting sale for a brand new life in America.
The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg, only four days into its maiden voyage. Three hours later the so-called unsinkable ship had sunk. 1517 passengers and crew members died aboard the Titanic, with only approximately 700 of them making it safely away in lifeboats. Southampton has a strong connection to the tragedy, with the SeaCity museum hosting a permanent Titanic exhibition and other memories of the tragedy noticeable all over town from memorials, to public artworks, pubs and even playgrounds.
Titanic The Musical features music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone. The original Broadway production has won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
Tickets for the show are available online from the Mayflower website, or by calling the box office on 02380 711811. Tickets start from £19.50, but prices vary depending on dates and chosen seats. Titanic the Musical is recommended for audiences over 8 years of age.
If you're interested in learning more about the Titanic's connection with Southampton and it's journey before and after setting sail, the Mayflower Theatre have joined with the Southampton Tourist Guides Association to offer special Titanic Walking Tours. These will be held in the morning and afternoon throughout the duration of the show. Tickets are £12 per person and can be booked by calling 02380 711811.