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Groundlings Theatre is holding a commemorative evening for the sinking of the Titanic on April 14.
Groundlings Theatre is holding a commemorative evening for the sinking of the Titanic on April 14.
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This Sunday will mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, with around 40% of the people who died on board coming from Southampton – it was said that everyone in the city was related to or knew someone who had died.

To mark the occasion the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea is putting on a commemorative evening tomorrow, by transforming the theatre into a dining room similar to that of the Titanic.

Guests will be wined and dined with actors on hand to guide the audience through a re-enactment of the evening, all depending on whether they are first, second or third class.

A video of real and reconstructed footage of the launch will open the evening and each guest will be assigned to a real life passenger who travelled on the Titanic, matched according to class, gender and age.

Richard Stride, artistic director of Groundlings said, ‘We held a similar event last year, Titanic Remembers, to much acclaim. This year, because it is the 100th anniversary, it will add to the momentum of the evening.’

The theatre has also been involved in the forthcoming BBC South’s documentary, Titanic – Southampton Remembers, with the theatre’s actors dressed in period costume for the Titanic launch scenes, filmed in Southampton.

Tickets cost £26 to £58 from the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on (023) 9273 7370 or go to groundlings.co.uk.