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Titanic musical sinks on opening night in Southampton

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Titanic the Musical was being performed in Southampton for the first time
A performance of Titanic the Musical was abandoned after debris fell on to the stage during its opening night in Southampton.Audience members at the Mayflower Theatre said items began falling shortly after the scene in which the ship hits the iceberg.An announcer said the show was being halted for "health and safety reasons".The Southampton run coincides with the 116th anniversary of Titanic's maiden voyage from the city in April 2012.A theatre spokesman said some plaster from the backstage wall had fallen on to the stage which was "not a major structural issue".
"With the safety of the cast in mind we made the sensible decision to cancel the second act of the show," he added.
A theatre spokesman came on stage to tell the audience the show was being abandoned
Claire Cleaver, who was attending Thursday's show with her niece, said she initially thought it was an on-stage effect."It was quite frightening at first as we didn't know what was going on but the Mayflower handled it very well and there was no panic," she added."It's very ironic being the first showing of the Titanic musical and then the show itself sinking. It was a fantastic show, it was so disappointing."Others posted their reaction on social media.
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Iconic moment...
Titanic hits the iceberg and the Mayflower’s ceiling falls down.

Performance has been delayed, whilst they investigate.

Shall we form an orderly queue and is it women and children first[/img]
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Ironic moment during the maiden voyage of Titanic, The Musical at the Mayflowrr Theatre. Just after the ship hits the iceberg part of the ceiling above the stage comes down. Cast are cleared from the stage. After investigation the show is stopped @mayflower #titanic— MARLIN Design Ltd (@MARLINDesignLtd) April 12, 2018
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The theatre said no-one was injured and Friday evening's performance was expected to go ahead as planned following repair work.Audience members have been told their tickets can be refunded or exchanged.During the ten-day run - its first in Southampton - a special midnight performance coinciding with the time the ship sank in April 1912 is due to take place on Saturday.Titanic the Musical opened on Broadway in 1997 and has won Tony Awards including best musical and best score.
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