In news which may well alarm the managements of the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Southwark Playhouse, rising star Thom Sutherland has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre and has programmed an opening season of major musicals, including the return of his acclaimed multi award-winningTitanic and the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday.

Danielle Tarento and Southerland will continue their successful long-time collaboration at Charing Cross Theatre, where she will co-produce the entire season with Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.

The announced season is as follows:

Titanic (Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August) with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone.

Radio Times (Saturday 20 August – Saturday 1 October) music by Noel Gay and book by Abi Grant with additional material from Alex Armitage.

Ragtime (Saturday 8 October – Saturday 26 November) music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally.

Death Takes a Holiday (Saturday 3 December – Saturday 21 January, 2017) music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan, the European premiere of the follow-up to Titanic by its Tony Award-winning composers.

Southerland will direct all the shows apart from Radio Times, which will be directed by Ben Woolf.

Steven M. Levy said:

“Thom Southerland’s appointment marks the start of an exciting, fabulous new chapter in the history of our theatre. As we turn into a full-time producing house we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Thom as Artistic Director and to welcome Danielle Tarento as our season co-producer.”

Booking information:

Charing Cross Theatre The Arches Villiers Street London WC2N 6NLwww.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk

Box office: 08444 930 650