Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG
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Opened: 16 Jan 2017
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 04 Mar 2017
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)



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  • jamesatwill 178 male 35 reviews 1 helpful vote
    60% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 14th February 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls C1
    Brilliant seat - for this production this seat was in the second row. The stage is not too high so you don't miss anything, and you don't have to look up too much. The legroom is great, and as this is on the end of a row you can stick your right leg right out without annoying anyone else. You can also escape to the bar at the interval quickly from this seat
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    View from Stalls C1
  • paulfootie 6'3" male 41 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 24th January 2017
    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!
    Sat in Stalls R9
    A good sized seat and comfy. Leg room is good too and being 6'3" that's a consideration. The view is good although it may be far back for some but the seating is in two blocks with an aisle splitting the two blocks. All seats are also raised in the second section so that your knees are level with the back of the seat in front thus if a tall person was in front, you have some height advantage! When I saw the sow the row in front was empty too.
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  • Charmainf 5ft 4" 76 reviews 8 helpful votes
    80% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 17th February 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls D12
    Very comfortable seat. Seat is at the end of the row (of which there are 12 seats) and there are no seats directly in front so loads of leg room to stretch out. Although this was Row D, for this production of Death Takes A Holiday it was in fact the 3rd row from the front and I had a very clear view of the stage. There is a bar and seating area and also decent toilets.
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  • mayagottlieb 12 reviews 0 helpful votes
    60% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 31st January 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls Q1
    As the Charing Cross Theatre is very small, the stage was perfectly visible from my seat (and there is no dress circle above so nothing obstructing the view). Being on the aisle, it felt very open and comfortable and there was entirely sufficient legroom.
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    View from Stalls Q1
As a fairly intimate theatre, the Charring Cross Theatre generally offers good views and comfortable seating throughout most of the Stalls. If you like to be really enveloped into the action, then it is highly recommended that you sit at the front of the Stalls where you can really be engrossed, rather than the very back which can begin to feel slightly distant.

Due to their positioning, the Balcony seats can often be very side on to the action, as well as being quite uncomfortable. If it is possible therefore, we tend to recommend the best seats as being in the Stalls, unless you can get a real bargain.
Charing Cross Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Death Takes a Holiday has 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, directs this new version of Death Takes a Holiday. Best known for his work on Me And Juliet, Grand Hotel and Mack and Mabel, Southerland has 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).

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