The up and coming director Thom Southerland has been appointed the Artistic Director for Charing Cross Theatre it has been confirmed today.
For his first season as Artistic Director, Thom Southerland has announced a programme of musicals – including a return of his acclaimed production Titanic and the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday.
Titanic originally opened to great acclaim at the Southwark Playhouse, produced by Danielle Tarento, who will be co-producing the entire season at the Charing Cross Theatre. The production is based on real-life characters who were aboard the famous ship that fateful evening, telling the story of their lives and dreams – until one fateful night changed their lives. (28th May-6th August).
This will then be followed by Radio Times (20th August-1st October). Set in the heart of London’s Blitz-torn West End, the cast of BBC’s light-entertainment radio show, Variety Bandwagon are doing their bit for the war effort. It is a show filled with hilarious gags and side-splitting routines.
Meanwhile, in October audiences can expect to see Ragtime (8th October- 26th November) in a story that blends three very different groups and their stories into one. Ragtime was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 1998, going on to win four of them including: Best Book by Terrence McNally and Best Original Score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
The final show to be announced in this new programme at the Charing Cross theatre is the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday (3rd December-21st January 2017). Based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name which went on to inspire the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt, this is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love.