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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

See Titanic at the Southwark Playhouse

8th August 2013

These days James Cameron is best known for pushing the boundaries of cinema via the action-adventure Avatar, but back in the late 1990s he was captivating audiences with the story of the Titanic.

Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron's film told the famous tale of the doomed ocean vessel, which set off on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York - never to return again.

The film garnered praise for it's cutting-edge special effects, which captured much of the likely terror and chaos that enveloped those on board.

But while cinemagoers were entranced by the love story at the heart of the picture, critics and historians alike expressed their displeasure at the portrayal of various characters.

Rather than present a balanced view of the ordeal, they argued, the film focused on a series of fictional characters and others that were inaccurately drawn.

Anyone looking for a more stirring take on the Titanic tragedy might be best served by heading down to the Southwark Playhouse instead, where they'll be able to watch Maury Leston's musical version of the disaster.

Winner of five prestigious Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this incredible stage show brings to life the many names and faces lost on that ill-fated voyage.

Focusing on the various class groups occupying the 'unsinkable' vessel, the play examines the many hopes and dreams of those onboard, as they made their way to the land of opportunity that was America.

Running for a total of 155 minutes, this stage epic has already garnered praise from audiences and critics alike and this could be your chance to experience the magic for yourself.

With many luxury London hotels just a stone's throw away from the city-centre venue - and performances every night at 8pm along with matinees on Tuesday and Saturday - this is your chance to sample what critics consider one of the best musicals of the last 15 years.
 
Situated between the Borough and Elephant & Castle Tube stops, with buses running regularly through the night, now is definitely the time to experience the thrill of the stage for yourself.


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