Updated 11th January: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Maxwell Caulfield had had to pull out of this production and the part of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by Mark Inscoe. He has an impressive list of theatre credits playing Hugh Dorsey in Thom Southerland’s acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. His many musical theatre credits include William Desmond Taylor in Mack & Mabel (Chichester), Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Leicester Curve), Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (Palace) and Tabarro in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Thom Southerland is directing the UK premiere of Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre from 16th January-4th March next year . It has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan: it is the European premiere of the follow-up to Titanic by its Tony Award-winning composers.
Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premiered Off Broadway in 2011.
Based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name which went on to inspire the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt, and a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine), this is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love.In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Leading the cast are Maxwell Caulfield (Grease, The Colbys, Little Night Music, Rocky Horror, Chicago, Singin' in the Rain) , Zoe Doano (Cosette in LesMis) and Chris Peluso (Miss Saigon, MammaMia!, Assassins, Beautiful, Showboat) until 11th February when the role will be taken over by James Gant. They will be joined by Kathryn Akin,Anthony Cable,Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek, Matthew McDonald, Gay Soper, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and Helen Turner.