Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre

Charing Cross Theatre, London

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The European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre

Based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name which went on to inspire the hit film, Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt, Death Takes a Holiday is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love.

Directed by Thom Southerland, Death Takes A Holiday has a book by multi Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone and a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine). It was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premiered Off Broadway in 2011.

Death Takes a Holiday runs from 16 January 2017 until 4 March 2017 at Charing Cross Theatre.


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.


James Cant (Titanic, Grand Hotel) and Zoë Doano (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd) lead the cast.

The cast also features Mark Inscoe, Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek, Ken Christiansen, Matthew McDonald, Gay Soper, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and Helen Turner.


Directed by Thom Southerland, Death Takes a Holiday has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan.


delightful songs and touching performances – The Guardian
thrillingly sung by Chris Peluso and Zoe Doano – The Independent
Thom Southerland impresses again with an insinuating chamber musical. – The Stage
Southerland’s staging is pure gothic romance. – Time Out

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 4 March 2017

Venue Information

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NL
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
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