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Titanic musical to open on Isle of Wight

Thu 19 Apr 2012

Titanic musical to open on Isle of Wight

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays this weekend can see a Titanic musical over the course of their time on the island.

The Island Savoyards' production of Titanic opens today (April 19th) at Shanklin Theatre and will be running until Sunday and it is said to be one of the biggest shows to have ever been held on the Isle of Wight.

More than £15,000 has been spent on the production, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the cruise liner, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people.

Musical director Andrew Woodford told the Isle of Wight County Press that it is one of the most powerful pieces of musical theatre he has ever seen. In 1997, the Titanic musical won a string of Tony awards.

"It will be a great experience for all involved - both theatrically and historically - and we hope the show will be loved by all," he said, adding it is all the more "poignant" due to the fact it is a true story that is being told in the production.

Many Isle of Wight theatre award winners are in the 70-strong cast for the musical, while the actors will be accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra in each of the showings.

Some of the cast members appeared in their costumes at the reopening of the Titanic film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio earlier in the month at Cineworld on the island in order to whet the appetites of locals for the musical.

The Titanic film is one of the most successful of all time, securing James Cameron's place as one of the world's most popular movie directors.

It starred Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton and Suzy Amis, as well as DiCaprio and Winslet in the roles that broke their careers.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801344347-ADNFCR

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