Theatre Review: Titanic - Southwark Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭


Southwark Playhouse

Review by Unsa Chaudri

Wednesday 31st July 2013: Titanic, based on the book by Peter Stone and music from Maury Yeston, is directed by Thom Southerland in a new chamber version.

In about two hours we hear the stories of three different groups of guests. All of the guests face the same fate, but their reason for being on the Titanic varies considerably. Some are escaping to the ‘gold streets of America’, others want to be part of history and some want to ‘rub shoulders’ with the ‘elite’. Whatever their reason for being on the Titanic, they must all face its consequences. 

Simon Green (Ismay) and the Company
Photo credit: Annabel Vere
The strong cast are able to portray each of the characters they assume seemingly effortlessly. They are all captivating and convincing in their roles that it is difficult to single them out. A few who caught my attention were James Austen-Murray, as the humble miner Barrett, Victoria Serra, as the dynamic Kate McGowan and James Hume as the charming Etches. The relationship between Isidor Straus (Dudley Rogers) and Ida Straus (Judith Street) as they prepare to go down with the Titanic is so compelling it also deserves a special mention.

The band, consisting of a combination of string and percussion were excellent, a credit to the show.

I would recommend Titanic to everyone, it is a fantastic show, full of drama, laughter, tears, passion and charm, the perfect mix for a perfect show.

5 stars ✭✭✭✭✭



Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway  

Box Office: 020 7407 0234

Nearest Tubes: Elephant and Castle and Borough

Friday 26 July - Saturday 31 August

Monday - Saturday at 8.00pm
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm

Press night: Wednesday 31 July at 8.00pm

Tickets: £22.00, concessions £18.00
Previews (26 - 30 July) all seats £10