Titanic the Musical comes to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2018
Copyright © Scott Rylander 2018
Titanic the Musical is sailing into Bromley.
In the final hour of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
The “unsinkable ship” slowly sank and tragically 1,517 men, women and children lost their lives.
Based on real people aboard the legendary ship, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations.
Bromley actor Claire Machin plays the ill-fated character Alice Beane, a second class passenger and social climber, whose mission is to rub shoulders with the upper class.
She said: “Titanic the Musical is a show for everyone.
“If you love good music, come. If you love a good story, come. If you have experienced loss, come.”
Alistair Barron plays Charles Lightoller, a survivor.
He said: “The stage version is very different to the film.
“My character Charles was the most senior officer on the ship – he was in charge of the helm when the ship crashed.
“The film is a very Hollywood version – Jack and Rose weren’t real – but in the show, every single person is playing a character who was actually there.
“All the information is taken from diary entries and witness accounts. It even includes a half-written piece of music which was actually found on the ship.”
Alistair said the show is more about the real people who were on the ship and how they got there: “It is an interesting insight – it’s more about the people, what went wrong throughout the journey and how different decisions being made could have influenced what happened,” he said.
“We all know what happened to the ship but it focuses on real lives of people on the ship – some were starting a new life in America, and some were escaping their old lives and the sinking of the ship almost comes as an afterthought to the focus on the people.”
To get into character, Alistair has done lots of research into the ship itself and his character: “We all had to look into how the ship worked and what it looked like and try to get a really clear image of it.
“Charles survived and has done a lot of interviews which have been recorded so I’ve been watching them to get to know the character.”
When asked about his favourite part of the show, Alistair said the drama of his character trying desperately to steer the ship away from the iceberg is one of the best bits for him.
He said: “My character is prominent in trying to get people to safety so it’s quite exciting.
“Another highlight is the part with the lifeboats.
“What’s really great though is that we all know the story but this show really does teach you more about what actually happened.
“Anyone who likes shows like Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera will enjoy this – the old fashioned music and the drama of it.
“There are other sides to the story everyone knows – there are so many more characters in this than you get in the film version. It is a story of pure humanity in the sense that everyone longs for more and the way people do things for love.”
Having previously taken part in show such as Phantom of the Opera, Alistair said that this show brings a different challenge, because Charles Lightoller was a real person who he has to bring to life.
“This is a historical event,” he said.
“It’s the second time I have done this show because I enjoyed it so much last time.”
Titanic the Musical will be at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, from July 16 – 21.
For tickets, visit https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-titanic-bromley-2018.