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Titanic coming home for musical
The Titanic
The Titanic was built in Belfast
One of Belfast's most famous exports will come home this May, when Titanic the Musical arrives in the city.

The 1997 Tony award winning show about the Belfast-built liner's only voyage has already taken Broadway by storm.

Belfast Operatic Company has secured the rights to the musical, which it says will be its biggest and most expensive production yet.

The show, with a cast and crew of more than 100 people, is at the Grand Opera House from 17-21 May.

Belfast Operatic's Karen Glass said the company "absolutely, had to bring it to Belfast" the city where the Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Premiere

The musical has been staged in the UK, but May will be its Northern Irish premiere.

Ms Glass said she did not think it was in bad taste to perform a musical about a disaster in which 1,500 people lost their lives.

"This is a wonderful tribute to the people of Belfast who built that ship," she said.

"At its time it was the largest, most expensive and most extravagant vessel on the waters and I think it's a tribute to those people and also those who perished and those who survived."

Among those who died on the 1912 voyage was Titanic designer Thomas Andrews, who will be played by Belfast actor John Hinchey said to bear a striking resemblance to the Harland and Wolff man.

The 80,000 production will feature 13 scenes and a crow's nest which has to be flown in from England.


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