Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG
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Opened: 16 Jan 2017
Booking from: 24 Jan 2017
Booking until: 04 Mar 2017
Duration: TBC

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  • alisonkirsty 5'3" female 22 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 19th January 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls H10
    Great seat, great view with a good enough rake that heads in front weren't a concern, plenty comfortable enough. Nothing else really to say.
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  • chocoholics2005 4"10 17 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 16th January 2017
    If you want razzmatazz this isn't the show for you. However, a fine cast with simple staging, enhanced by the use of props & very effective lighting, gave a great performance.
    Sat in Stalls P7
    Although a part of the front of the stage was covered by the head of the person in front, I was able to look around them enough for it not to cause a problem.
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    View from Stalls P7
  • lisawiedemann 4 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 21st January 2017
    Great show - clever staging, amazing costumes, catchy songs and great performances by the entire cast. Some of the dialog seems a bit wooden at times, but it lends an almost antiquated charm to the whole affair.
    Sat in Stalls J11
    For a side seat it was excellent - the theatre is relatively small so it still felt really intimate from the seat. View was great, comfy seat and very good leg room. Would recommend!
  • TheShowMan 178cm male 12 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Death Takes a Holiday, 20th January 2017
    Sat in Stalls N6
    Great view, feels a little far back but it's just right. Very comfy seat and plenty of leg room.
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 2016. 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 earlier on 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 coming for the first time to London’s West End at the Charring Cross Theatre, Death Takes a Holiday is set to be one of the most exciting underground musicals of the year, with previews beginning on the 3rd December 2016 and being set to run until 21st January 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.