Thom Southerland is to revive the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic at London's Charing Cross Theatre. He previously directed Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical at Southwark Playhouse in 2013 and subsequently took it to Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.
It inaugurates Southerland's new tenure as artistic director at the central London theatre, where his inaugural season will be co-produced by his long-time producer Danielle Tarento together with Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
Titanic will begin performances May 28 prior to an official opening June 6 for a run through August 6.
It will be followed by productions of Noel Gay's Radio Times, beginning performance August 20 prior to an official opening August 26 for a run through October 1, then Ahrens, Flaherty and McNally's Ragtime, beginning performances October 8 prior to an official opening October 17 for a run through November 26, before the theatre hosts the U.K. premiere of another Yeston musical, Death Takes a Holiday (with a book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan), beginning performances December 3 prior to an official opening December 12, for a run through January 21, 2017.
All productions will be directed by Southerland, apart from Radio Times, which will be directed by Ben Woolf.
In a press statement, Southerland commented, "Having directed The Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre, I am thrilled to have been appointed Artistic Director. It's doubly exciting to be able to premiere Titanic composer Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday to round off this first season."
Levy added, "Thom Southerland’s appointment marks the start of an exciting, fabulous new chapter in the history of our theatre. As we turn into a full-time producing house we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Thom as Artistic Director and to welcome Danielle Tarento as our season co-producer."
Casting is still to be announced. To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 930 650, or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk.