Titanic Review – Does It Sink or Swim?

titanic-review Box Office TheatreIf you prefer your musical theatre to include a surprise finale, Thom Sutherland’s retelling of this infamous tragedy may not immediately float your boat.  However, it would be a fool who discounts this superbly staged and breathtakingly performed production simply because he knows the Titanic goes down in the end.

From the opening scene in which the great Titanic looms over the embarking passengers, filling them and excitement and wonder, you are welcomed aboard the drama and even physically into the fantastically simple yet engaging set.  At times the aisles of the stalls themselves extend the various ship decks as the narrative cleverly charts the stories of a number real-life voyagers, each with their own place in the ship’s class system and their corresponding hopes and dreams for their ill-fated journey. Thanks to the supremely talented cast and superb orchestral rendition of Maury Yeston’s hair-raising score, you could be forgiven for beginning to share their belief that the Titanic really is unsinkable.

But as the atmosphere of hope and expectation is fractured by the thunderous collision, the show becomes a poignant insight into the spectrum of human response to impending disaster. With a fluency of movement belying the intimate Charing Cross Theatre stage, the drama traces the reaction and realisation of the characters you have come to care about, and challenges you to consider how you might behave with your life on the line.

Having won the Tony for best musical in 1997 and a host of awards at Southwark playhouse in 2013, this latest production looks set for more accolades and is surely the best piece of musical staging in London. Get your ticket whilst you can and don’t be put off that you already know the ending – that is just the tip of the iceberg. Buy your tickets here at Titanic – The Musical