Titanic The Musical | Mayflower, Southampton

Titanic, a film we all know and love, is now on tour as a Musical (but it's not like the film as we know it). 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. Last night, I was very kindly invited by the Mayflower Theatre and Southampton Bloggers to see Titanic The Musical, showing until this Saturday.

In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton (so very applicable!) to New York, collided with an iceberg and 'the unsinkable ship' slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives. The musical is a beautiful representation of the story, and I really enjoyed it.

I wasn't sure how they'd create the set, as it's obviously a ship that sinks, but it was simple and clever, with the lighting and music taking huge effect. The costume and set design wasn't over complicated, and I really liked how everything was portrayed in keeping with the time. Even the life jackets were 'old' replicates which was great. However, there are a lot of cast on stage for a large duration of the show. I found this overwhelming at times (where do you look when there are 24 actors on the stage?!), and I didn't invest in any particular character. However, the focus is more on the real story of the Titanic, and showcases many individual stories including the Third Class immigrants with a 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 show is almost all singing, something I didn't enjoy so much in Miss Saigon and didn't think I'd enjoy for this however, it was easy to follow and I didn't lose focus on the story line. The acoustics in the Mayflower Theatre are so beautiful, and the harmonies from the cast were breathtaking. 

At the end, it was a full house standing ovation, which to me always speaks volumes.

Overall, I'd really recommend seeing it if you loved the story of the Titanic, or would like to learn more in a very respectfully done and well-rounded production. The first half is particularly longer than expected though, (1 hour and a half before interval), so bear in mind when you watch it. Huge thank you to Mayflower for having me, don't miss reading my other Theatre Reviews here.

*Complimentary Tickets in return for a review.

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