Casting announced for The five-time Tony Award-winning musical

TITANIC

First ever UK & Ireland Tour

Launches from Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018, in the week of Titanic’s 106th anniversary

Casting has been confirmed for the first ever UK & Ireland Tour of Titanic The Musical. Directed by returning director Thom Southerland, 25 actors from across the country will take the production on its maiden UK and Ireland tour, to visit the cities and communities whose forebears built, manned and sailed on the famous ship. The tour will start at Mayflower Theatre from 12 April – 21 April 2018.

The press night performance will be held in Southampton on 17th April, in the same city from which the RMS Titanic set sail.

Background

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. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning 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.

The Cast

The cast will feature eleven actors returning from Titanic The Musical’s performances at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre. The cast includes Alistair Barron (Titanic The Musical, Bumblescratch), Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera, Chess), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof), Lewis Cornay (The Break, Brothers), Alexander Evans (Eugenius, The Sound of Music), Simon Green (Titanic The Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Emma Harrold (Cinderella, The Sound of Music), Devon-Elise Johnson (Half a Sixpence, Mamma Mia), Claire Machin (Titanic The Musical, The Girls), Claire Marlowe (Titanic The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest), Oliver Marshall as Bride (Blondel, Forty Years On), Matthew McDonald (Death Take a Holiday, A Christmas Carol), Chris McGuigan (Bananaman The Musical, West Side Story), Matthew McKenna (Bananaman The Musical, 42nd Street), Gemma McMeel (Big Fish, Royal Variety Performance), Janet Mooney (The Woman in White, The Braille Legacy), Joel Parnis (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables), Timothy Quinlan (Jersey Boys, Mack & Mabel), Philip Rham (Titanic The Musical, Dr Korczak’s Example), Dudley Rogers (Titanic The Musical, A Christmas Carol), Victoria Serra (Titanic The Musical, Mamma Mia), Niall Sheehy (Titanic The Musical, Miss Saigon), Judith Street (Titanic The Musical, The Girls) and Stephen Webb (Rothschild & Sons, Jersey Boys) & Samuel J Weir (Common, The Caucasian Chalk Circle).

Titanic The Musical. Photo by Scott Rylander

The Tour

Maury Yeston commented on the cast of the UK tour: “The idea that a troupe of actors will tour this show in the UK, birthplace of the ship, where the workers of Belfast, the cabin boys and maids and stewards from Liverpool, the officers and crew, the stokers and stevedores from the Midlands all created a miraculous floating city, means more to me than I can say. I am touched that, musically, Titanic will finally be coming home, sung by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of its builders – touched, and forever grateful.”

Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in April 2018, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will transfer straight to Belfast, where the ship was constructed. From there, Titanic The Musical will visit 13 theatres nationwide.

“It’s an evening both shattering and gorgeous…

The day after seeing it, I went back to see it again. It’s that good.”

★★★★★ The Times

Having received its UK premiere in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse, the production returned to London in 2016 for an 11-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre, where it won overwhelming critical acclaim.

Titanic The Musical has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, Phantom) and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776). The pair have collectively won, including their previous works, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Olivier Award and three Tony Awards for their works. The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Titanic The Musical is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams, in association with Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

CAST

Alistair Barron as Lightoller

Kieran Brown as Murdoch

Greg Castiglioni as Andrews

Lewis Cornay as Bellboy/Hartley

Simon Green as Ismay

Emma Harrold as Kate Mullins

Devon-Elise Johnson as Kate Murphy

Claire Machin as Alice Beane

Claire Marlowe as Lady Caroline

Oliver Marshall as Bride

Chris McGuigan as Jim Farrell

Matthew McKenna as Pitman/Etches

Joel Parnis as Fleet

Timothy Quinlan as Edgar Beane

Philip Rham as Captain Smith

Dudley Rogers as Isidor Straus

Victoria Serra as Kate McGowan

Niall Sheehy as Barrett

Judith Street as Ida Straus

Stephen Webb as Charles Clarke

Ensemble includes Alexander Evans, Matthew McDonald, Gemma McMeel, Janet Mooney & Samuel J Weir.

Tickets for Titanic The Musical (Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 April 2018) via Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

TITANIC THE MUSICAL – UK TOUR DATES

Southampton, Mayflower Theatre

12 – 21 April 2018

Box Office: 023 8071 1811

Website: mayflower.org.uk

Belfast, Grand Opera House

23 – 28 April 2018

Box Office: 028 9024 1919

Website: goh.co.uk

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre

30 April – 5 May 2018

Box Office: 029 2063 6464

Website: wmc.org.uk

Salford, The Lowry

7 – 12 May 2018

Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Website: thelowry.com

Dublin, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

14 – 19 May 2018

Box Office: +353 (0) 1 677 7770

Website: bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres

21 – 26 May 2018

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Website: sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Glasgow, King’s Theatre Glasgow

28 May – 2 June 2018

Box Office: 0844 871 7648

Website: atgtickets.com

Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome

4 – 9 June 2018

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Website: birminghamhippodrome.com

Edinburgh, Playhouse

11 – 16 June 2018

Box Office: 0844 871 3014

Website: atgtickets.com

Plymouth, Theatre Royal

18 – 23 June 2018

Box Office: 01752 267222

Website: theatreroyal.com

Northampton, Derngate

25 – 30 June 2018

Box Office: 01604 624811

Website: royalandderngate.co.uk

Nottingham, Theatre Royal

2 – 7 July 2018

Box Office: 0115 989 5555

 Website: trch.co.uk

Blackpool, Winter Gardens

9 – 14 July 2018

Box Office: 01253 625252

Website: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Bromley, Churchill Theatre

16 – 21 July 2018

Box Office: 020 3285 6000

Website: churchilltheatre.co.uk

Liverpool, Empire Theatre

30 July – 4 August

Box Office: 0844 871 3017

Website: atgtickets.com

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