Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
2012 is the centenary year of the tragic sinking of the world famous RMS Titanic and remembrance ceremonies are moving full steam ahead across the UK. As part of Liverpool's Titanic 1912-2012 programme of events West Kirby Light Opera Society are raising one of their most successful productions from the deep to commemorate this very special occasion. The multi award-winning Broadway production Titanic - The Musical, returns to the Liverpool Empire from Tue 5 – Sat 9 June 2012 for 5 performances only.
In preparation for this spectacular five day run at the Liverpool Empire Theatre WKLOS are inviting the public to a special FREE preview of this fascinating production with two 30 minute performances held at Anchor Courtyard (between the Atlantic and Britannia Pavilions next to the Tourist Information Centre), in the grounds of Liverpool's world famous Albert Dock at 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 28 April. These two previews will be performed by 40 members of the cast (several of which will be in full costume) just metres from the iconic Liverpool waterfront.
The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential true-disaster story. A total of 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives, with only 711 surviving. The reality of the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world they called the 'unsinkable' ship, hit disaster during its maiden voyage. It is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared contrive it. Yet when Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's Titanic - The Musical was launched on Broadway in 1997, it didn't sink - it soared! It was hailed as a glorious, ground-breaking Broadway musical in the grand tradition of 'Show Boat', 'Oklahoma' and 'West Side Story'. At the 1997 TONY Awards, Titanic swept the board, winning an astonishing five statuettes.
This is a preview of a show which examines the causes, the conditions and the real-life characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. But it’s more than just a wonderful Broadway show, more than a spectacular stage extravaganza - it’s a living, moving and uplifting memorial to the people who perished that fateful spring morning.
Maury Yeston, writer of music and lyrics for Titanic – The Musical sent a personal note to WKLOS...
'Titanic was not only registered in Liverpool, we know her bell – as well as her 900 portholes – was crafted by a firm in St Helens. And we know that most of the crew was also made up of Liverpool natives, and the long corridor on Deck E was known as “Scotland Road”, after the Scouse thoroughfare. The brave engineers from your city, who manned their posts to the very end, have written their names in legend. And so I wish you all Godspeed in your presentation, and thank you all from the bottom of my heart for bringing a reality to this show that it has never had'.
WKLOS now in their 62nd year is one of the leading Amateur Musical Theatre Societies in the UK. They last performed the production at Liverpool Empire in 2005, winning the NODA Best Musical Award that same year. They received critical acclaim from both critics and customers alike receiving standing ovations at each performance. It was a great achievement and proud year for all the company.
Chairman of WKLOS Ray Davies said: 'This is a great piece of theatre and one of WKLOS pride and joys. This show is rarely performed in the UK but is an absolute treat. It is wonderful that we are able to return with Titanic as part of the anniversary event.'
This is a joyous, colossal, breathtaking and ultimately heartbreaking show that captures the scope and humanity that took place during the ship’s historic voyage. Experience just a small sample of the splendour and grandeur of Titanic - The Musical by coming down to the Albert Docks this Saturday and realise why it will take more than an iceberg to bring West Kirby Light Opera Society down.
Titanic - The Musical (Albert Dock Sneak Preview)
Sat 28th April 2012
Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AF
Times: 2pm + 3pm
Running time: Approx 30 minutes
Titanic - The Musical (Empire Theatre Run)
Tue 5 – Sat 9 June 2012
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE
Times: Tue – Sat Eves, 7.30pm, Sat Mat 2.30pm
Tickets: Eves - £20, £18 and £16. Tue Eve and Sat Mat - £18, £16 and £14 (Concessions available)
How To Book (Empire Theatre run only):
In person from Liverpool Empire Box Office, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE.
Call 0844 871 3017 or online www.atgtickets.com/liverpool