Death Takes a Holiday at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
Death Takes a Holiday at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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Overview

Death Takes a Holiday had its UK premiere at the Charring Cross Theatre in London’s West End in 2017. Written by Maury Yeston and with book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan, this musical is set to be a brilliant follow up to the huge critical success of Yeston’s Titanic in 2016.

Charring Cross Theatre’s Artistic Director, Thom Southerland, directed this new version of Death Takes a Holiday. Best known for his work on Me And Juliet, Grand Hotel and Mack and Mabel, Southerland had recently received huge critical acclaim for his London production of the Maury Yeston’s Titanic. As he takes on putting on yet another of Yeston’s works on the West End, this is a combination that is bound to get critics talking yet again.

Set in Northern Italy a short while after the First World War, during the roaring 20s, the lonely Death tries to understand human emotion and find out why life is so prized yet death so dreaded by disguising himself as a likeable and good looking young prince. When he surprisingly falls in love with a woman who is set to be married however, this mystery man soon begins to find out that love can often be stronger than death.

Death Takes a Holiday is adapted from the 1924 Italian play by Alberto Casella, La Morte in Vacanza which had previously been adapted into a film in 1934 before also being transformed into the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt.

Maury Yeston and Peter Stone began writing their musical version of Death Takes a Holiday in 1997, shortly after their success with Titanic, opting for creating a more intimate production compared to their previous work’s large scale. Yeston incorporated jazz, the Shimmy and other period musical styles into his modern score in order to create a balance between the modern musical and its original setting.

Death Takes a Holiday premiered Off-Broadway in 2011 and way nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards.

The musical stars Zoë Doano (Les Miserables) alongside Mark Inscoe (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and Chris Peluso (Miss Saigon).

Having come to the London’s West End for the first time at the Charring Cross Theatre, Death Takes a Holiday was one of the most exciting underground musicals of the year, with performances having began on the 16th January 2017 and having run until 4th March 2017.

Recommended for

Anyone who has seen the recent Titanic production at the Charring Cross Theatre and has loved it, should definitely be sure to also check out Death Takes a Holiday. With both written by Maury Yeston and directed by Thom Southerland, this is surely going to be another brilliant combination which will garner the admiration of fans and critics alike.

It’s also highly recommended for anyone who loves musicals that are slightly different than the standard West End glitz, such as Fiasco’s recent production of Into The Woods. Expect the same smaller in scale, yet huge in creativity, brilliance from the team at the Charring Cross Theatre.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 16 Jan 2017
Press night: 23 Jan 2017
Booking from: 04 Mar 2017
Booking until: 04 Mar 2017

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

42 Reviews Add review

I wanted to see this show and at last got a bargain ticket! Its an excellent show about Death and what happens in the world when h... More

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I wanted to see this show and at last got a bargain ticket! Its an excellent show about Death and what happens in the world when he takes a holiday and becomes mortal for two days. Fantastic singers and a wonderful portrayal of the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Will go again as from 11th Feb there is a cast change - Ken Christiansen plays Fidele and James Grant plays Death/ Prince Nikolai Sirki. I have seen James in this production and previously in the Titanic and he is excellent so this should not effect the show!

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I had previously really enjoyed Titanic when it was in this theatre, and thought I would give Death Takes a Holiday a go seeing as... More

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I had previously really enjoyed Titanic when it was in this theatre, and thought I would give Death Takes a Holiday a go seeing as the music and lyrics and direction were the same as Titanic. I found it equally as enjoyable - beautiful soaring melodies, really great performances (I was aware that there was a cast change just the day before I saw this production, but the guy playing Death was outstanding - so if you're thinking of not bothering because Chris Peluso has left, think again!), brilliant lighting and costumes. The second act wasn't as strong as the first, and the book was a bit clumsy at points, but overall I found it very enjoyable.

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I really wasn't sure at all about this show at all. The performances by all the cast and musical crew where brilliant, they could ... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really wasn't sure at all about this show at all. The performances by all the cast and musical crew where brilliant, they could not be faulted. The set was beautifully designed and clever how it was pushed to and from the walls on hinges to different positions to create different scenes. I liked the music although it was very much the same throughout. I just think the story was a little bland and missing something?

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show 'Death Takes A Holiday' started life off Broadway in 2011 and it is a very charming show. The music is quite beautiful an... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The show 'Death Takes A Holiday' started life off Broadway in 2011 and it is a very charming show. The music is quite beautiful and eerie and sets the tone for the whole piece. It was a shame that the audience was less than half full but the cast still gave it their all. The costume and set design in particular was quite interesting. The choreography was quite basic but considering that it is a small stage, this likely limits the amount of movement possible. Overall a very enjoyable show but I would only recommend it to fellow hard core musical fans - it wouldn't be a first choice recommendation for people who rarely see musicals.

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was a great show. It had subtle dark sense of humour which I loved. Beautiful staging. Costumes were sumptuous; lots of frill... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This was a great show. It had subtle dark sense of humour which I loved. Beautiful staging. Costumes were sumptuous; lots of frills, rich velvet and shiny shows. At times the music was louder than the vocals. One song Roberto's Eyes brought a tear to my eye. Many very beautiful songs. I would happily see this show again and highly recommend it.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 126 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The show was an interesting take on the question of life and death, with an additional factor: love. The choreography was well-don... More

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was an interesting take on the question of life and death, with an additional factor: love. The choreography was well-done, considering the very small stage and minimal use of props. Zoë Doano was superb as Grazia and Chris Peluso was equally as compelling and powerful as the character of Death.

mayagottlieb 161cm, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The cast were fantastic, particularly Chris Peluso as Death/Prince Sirki. The show itself has some wonderful music and is very en... More

alisonkirsty 5'3", 65 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The cast were fantastic, particularly Chris Peluso as Death/Prince Sirki. The show itself has some wonderful music and is very enjoyable, but the story and book aren't quite as strong in places.

alisonkirsty 5'3", 65 reviews, 3 helpful votes

It was good, lovely melodies. The plot, at times (ie. the closing line) a bit corny. But I love Maury Yeston's work so it was a mu... More

isabellafinn 164, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was good, lovely melodies. The plot, at times (ie. the closing line) a bit corny. But I love Maury Yeston's work so it was a must to see and I wasn't disappointed

isabellafinn 164, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful music and fantastic performances from most of the cast, with brilliant set and staging. Unfortunately the book and the l... More

jgblunners 6'2", 96 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Wonderful music and fantastic performances from most of the cast, with brilliant set and staging. Unfortunately the book and the lyrics are a bit awkward and unnatural at times, and Act Two is much weaker plot-wise than Act One. This is a brilliant production of an average musical.

jgblunners 6'2", 96 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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