Belfast was the birthplace of RMS Titanic, and the Northern Irish capital has made much of that connection in recent years.

The show focuses on the excitement of the launch and then the final hours of the “unsinkable” ship

A major museum called Titanic Belfast has become the province's second most-popular tourist attraction (after the Giant's Causeway) and the waterfront area around it has been renamed the “Titanic Quarter”.

So it seems only fitting for Titanic the Musical to stop in Belfast as part of its UK tour – docking at the city's Grand Opera House from 24 to 28 April, 2018.

Award-winning show

First launched on Broadway in 1997, Titanic ran for two years and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

It was recently revived in London and the acclaimed new production is now touring the UK – featuring the original music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and story by Peter Stone, but making use of projections and lighting rather than the giant mechanical Titanic of the Broadway version.

The show focuses on the excitement of the launch and then the final hours of the “unsinkable” ship. Based on the stories of real people who were on board the doomed vessel, it explores the hopes and dreams of the passengers and the actions of those in command of the liner. While the show has an inevitably sombre ending, it includes plenty of uplifting moments along the way.

Tickets

Tickets cost from £20.25 to £41.25 and performances start at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday. If Belfast isn't convenient for you, the show will also be stopping in Southampton (where the Titanic was launched), Cardiff, Salford, Sheffield and Blackpool.

While in town

You can't see the show without also visiting the Titanic Belfast attraction, which presents the city's proud maritime heritage in an imposing and state-of-the-art building on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard.

There are many exhibits dedicated to the Titanic, including a visitor ride around a mocked-up shipyard, and a life-size replica of one of the lifeboats used by those lucky enough to escape. The final gallery contains pictures, audio and footage of the Titanic's wreck, 3,700m below sea level in the North Atlantic.

For more information, visit: www.goh.co.uk/titanic18 and titanicbelfast.com

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