A cast of 25 actors from across the country will take the first UK and Ireland tour of Titanic The Musical to cities associated with the famous ship.
The show will open in Southampton on April 12 – in the week of the 106th anniversary of the Titanic disaster – and a gala performance will be held in the city on April 17.
RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 10, 1912.
After hitting an iceberg, the liner sank and 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.
Yeston said: “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.”
The production will feature 11 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), and Devon-Elise Johnson (Half a Sixpence, Mamma Mia).
After opening at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, the production will transfer to Belfast, where the ship was constructed.
From there, Titanic The Musical will visit Cardiff, Salford, Dublin, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Northampton, Nottingham, Blackpool, Bromley and Liverpool.
Pictured: previous cast of Titanic the Musical, photo by Scott Rylander.