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Titanic - Ensemble Version

Through an ingenious doubling scheme, Titanic - Ensemble Version requires a cast of just 20, and an orchestra of six, to tell the gripping story of the ocean liner's maiden voyage and tragic demise.

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  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Large Stage, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 5 Tony Awards for Musical; Book; Original Musical Score; Orchestration; and Scenic Designer (1997)
    Winner! 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Set Design (tie) and Lighting Design (tie) (1997)
    Winner! The Drama Desk Award for Orchestration (1997)
Titanic is available for licensing in two versions:

Titanic (Original): Designed for a large cast, with 14 lead roles and at least 23 supporting roles. Presented on Broadway with a cast of 37 performers.

Titanic - Ensemble Version: Designed for a total of 20 actors, with performers doubling or tripling on roles.

The sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world—called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship—should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it.

But the catastrophe had social ramifications that went far beyond that night's events. For the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution early in the 19th Century, bigger, faster and stronger did not prove automatically to be better. Suddenly the very essence of "progress" had to be questioned; might the advancement of technology not always be progress?

Nor was this the only question arising from the disaster. The accommodations of the ship, divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes, mirrored almost exactly the class structure (upper, middle and lower) of the English-speaking world. But when the wide discrepancy between the number of survivors from each of the ship's classes was revealed—all but two of the women in 1st Class were saved while 155 women and children from 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) drowned—there was a new, long-overdue scrutiny of the prevailing social system and its values.

It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night.

The musical play Titanic examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Titanic is the Titanic herself. — Peter Stone


"A modern musical theatre masterpiece."

Mark Shenton, The Stage

"A consummate bit of theatrical craftsmanship...It tells a great story, and tells it with thrilling theatricality."

Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

"An inspired and inspiring night of musical theater."

John Harding, DC Metro Theater Arts

"A masterpiece of modern theatre that is packed with emotion...Maury Yeston’s melodic tunes soar through the auditorium as if on wings."

Anne Cox, Stage Review

"A glorious and moving score with a story full of aspirations, hope, love, ambition and ultimately tragedy."

Soraya Scrivener, My Theatre Mates

"Peter Stone’s beautifully constructed book… brilliantly establishes the interweaving lives caught up in the story – from crew to passengers of different classes – with Yeston’s sweeping, enveloping score."

Mark Shenton, The Stage

Premiere Production: Titanic opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 29, 1997, and played for 804 performances. The Ensemble Version of the show had its American premiere at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, in 2012 and its European premiere at London's Southwark Playhouse in 2013.
  • Casting: 14M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Flexible casting
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

  • THOMAS ANDREWS - Designer and Builder
    BARRETT - Stoker / as Guggenheim, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
    BRIDE - Telegrapher / as John Thayer, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (2nd Man in L.M.) / as Band Leader Wallace Hartley
    FLEET - Lookout / as George Widener, 1st Class Passenger / as Carlson / as Stoker / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.) / as DaMico (L.R.)
    J. BRUCE ISMAY - Owner
    CHARLES CLARKE / as Steward (Launching) / as 2nd Class Passenger / as 1st Class Passenger (L.R.)
    EDGAR BEANE / as Officer Boxhall / as 2nd Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
    ISIDOR STRAUSS - 1st Class Passenger / as Steward (Launching) / as Mr. Bell / as Latimer / as 1st Class Passenger (L.R.)
    HENRY ETCHES - Senior 1st Class Steward / as Officer Pitman
    OFFICER LIGHTOLLER / as J.J. Astor, 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
    BELLBOY / as Waiter twice (1st and 3rd Class) / as Stoker
  • ALICE BEANE - 2nd Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (L.M.)
    CAROLINE NEVILLE - 2nd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Mme. Aubert
    KATE McGOWAN - 3rd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Charlotte Drake Cardoza, 1st Class Passenger
    KATE MURPHEY - 3rd Class Passenger / as Stewardess / as Mrs. Widener, 1st Class Passenger / as DaMico (L.R.)
    KATE MULLINS / as Stewardess / as Madeline Astor, 1st Class Passenger
    IDA STRAUSS - 1st Class Passenger / as 3rd Class Passenger (R.A.)
  • Abbreviations:
    R.A. = Remarkable Age
    L.M. = Lady's Maid
    L.R. = Doing the Latest Rag
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Piano-Conductor's Score
    1 x Chorus-Vocal Book
    1 x Prompt Book

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Chorus-Vocal Books for Cast
    20 x Prompt Books for Cast
    1 x Prompt Book for the Director
    1 x Piano-Conductor's Score (2 Volumes)

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Violin
    1 x Viola
    1 x Cello
    1 x Bass

    1 x Percussion:
    Trap Drum Set: Snare Drum, Bass Drum High-Hat, Cymbal, Splash Cymbal
    Triangles (3), Tam-Tam, Crash Cymbals, Anvils (2), Bell Tree, Wood Block, Cowbells (2), Temple Blocks
    Glockenspiel, Timpani (2), Xylophone, Crotales

    1 Keyboard [2 Vols.] (Playing from a Full Score).
    Registrations for Piano, Harp, String Pas, Xylophone, Harpsichord, Vibes, Pizz, Strings, Glock. & Celesta.

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm