We all know the story of The Titanic mainly due to James Cameron`s Blockbuster which allowed us to see the story through a fictional love story but The five-time Tony award-winning musical, Titanic, is embarking on its first ever UK & Ireland Tour with it appearing at The Lowry (09/05/2018 – 12/05/2018) and i was honoured to be in the Audience last night.
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 Storyline was really moving, whilst staying true to the actual event. The production showed the difference between the classes really well.
The set was pretty simple, a raised platform to represent the different levels of the boat, which in my opinion works a lot better than a huge ship and pyrotechnics as the production is more hinged on the stories of the roles. The lighting was really effective – red orange light in the coal room, blue light at night when the ice berg hits.
David Woodhead’s Costumes were true to the era, and represented the classes perfectly as did every aspect of the production and all the cast should be exxtremely proud of themselves for all the work that has , obviously , been put into each character before and during the performance.
In fact , The acting , quite simply , blew me away and despite the last minute need for an understudy for the role of Ida Straus, it was still phenomenal.
Over 1500 people lost their lives to the Titanic disaster and a musical version of this could , very easily. have come across as crass or even distasteful but the text and songs are carefully written with humour careflly blended in with the seriousness of the source material.
Every single song was captivating and really brought the story along, my favourite song was between Ida and Isidor – still.
I would highly recommend this show to anyone, it did the tale of the Titanic great justice.
Titanic is currently playing at The Lowry (09/05/2018 – 12/05/2018) and you can book tickets HERE
Review by Dharma Anders
Additional Editing by Pete Hopkinson