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

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About the show

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

43 Reviews Add review

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

Charmainf 5ft 4", 211 reviews, 12 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 and... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 6 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... More

paulfootie 6'3", 96 reviews, 3 helpful votes

rebeccacran 5'6", 85 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Beautiful music and interesting story. Adapted very well for the stage!

jp1992 192cm, 30 reviews, 1 helpful vote

theresaschick 179cm, 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 not... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 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... More

isabellafinn 164, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant Show, with Chris from Miss Saigon leading it's such a gem.

felixng 178cm, 156 reviews, 3 helpful votes