Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has a strong run of shows lined up in the coming months – we take a look at some of the highlights. Click through.
9Swan Lake (26-30 January)
For the first time in 18 years Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Southampton!
Ballet’s greatest love story returns in BRB’s lavish production of the timeless classic Swan Lake. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky’s legendary score, has bewitched viewers for generations.
By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince is astonished to witness the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love. Filled with exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux, and bravura solos, Swan Lake is an unforgettable experience. Acknowledged by the Guardian as ‘one of the world’s finest productions of the ballet’, this Swan Lake is darkly atmospheric, romantic, and beautiful.
8Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (10-21 February)
Always popular with children and adults alike, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang returns to Southampton in February and an all-star cast has been announced. Comedian Jason Manford will play Caractacus Potts whilst ex-Eastender Martin Kemp will appear as The Childcatcher. Amy Griffiths plays Truly Scrumptious whilst another ex-Eastender, Michelle Collins will appear alongside comedian Phil Jupitus as Baroness and Bran Bomburst. Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive and Chairman of Music and Lyrics said, “I am thrilled that as part of Music and Lyrics we are able to bring Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with such a stunning cast to Southampton in February. Once again we are launching a UK tour and enabling our local community to rediscover the magic of this wonderful musical – fasten your seatbelts Southampton it’s going to be a magical ride!”
7The Rocky Horror Show (22-27 February)
Following a record-breaking worldwide tour Richard O’Brien’s classic is ready to thrill you once again with its frothy fun and naughty moments!
Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party! This is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos and get ready for the biggest bash in town!
Be warned, this show has rude parts!
Starring Diana Vikers (X Factor, Little Voice) as Janet, Ben Freeman (Emmerdale, Wicked) as Brad and Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) as Eddie/Dr Scott, with Liam Tamne (Phantom of the Opera, The Voice) as Frank ‘n’ Furter.
6Cirque Berserk (29 February – 2 March)
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.
Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.
The show also features the world’s most hair raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Terror’. Don’t miss it!
5Hetty Feather (4-6 March)
The Olivier Award nominated charming production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather comes to Mayflower Theatre for a limited run in March. Sally Cookson directs a cast including Phoebe Thomas who reprises her role as Hetty Feather. Read our full preview here:
4Chicago – (7-12 March)
“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award winning musical, Chicago, which comes to Mayflower Theatre for one week only starring West End and EastEnders actor John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, and X Factor winner and real life prison warden Sam Bailey as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton!
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.
3Sleeping Beauty (15-19 March)
Matthew Bourne’s haunting production of Sleeping Beauty has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere. A gothic romance for all ages, Sleeping Beauty is now back by popular demand.
Don’t miss this unique chance to experience a new classic in New Adventures’ growing repertoire – it might just be another 100 years before she re-awakens.
2Into The Hoods: Remixed (28-29 March)
Into the Hoods: Remixed is the newly revamped version of the award-winning production that stormed the West End in 2008. Under the direction of Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, the much-loved show returns to the stage with all the wit and charm of the original, updated for 2015 with new choreography, a remixed soundtrack and fresh designs.
Set in the ‘Ruff Endz Estate’, the story follows two lost school children who have been tasked to find an iPhone as white as milk, trainers as pure as gold, a hoodie as red as blood and some weave as yellow as corn. Along the way, they meet DJ Spinderella, wannabe singer Lil Red, vivacious rapper Rap-on-Zel, budding music producer Jaxx and embark upon a storybook adventure into the heart of a pulsating community.
To see the full schedule for what’s happening at The Mayflower, check out their website: www.mayflower.org.uk/Whats_on/