First Look: The Little Mermaid Production Shots

Mayflower Theatre’s Autumn/Winter Season

Flashdance, the musical. Kings Theatre, Glasgow. 5th August 2017

Mayflower Theatre’s Autumn/Winter season opens with Flashdance: The Musical from 6-9 September. Starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton and A1 heartthrob Ben Adams, Flashdance: The Musical is the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex, a determined welder who dreams of becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of attending Shipley Dance Academy.

The theatre hosts the World Premiere of Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid from 21-23 September. This beautiful new ballet will reimagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and take you on a journey beneath the waves. When a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life.

As part of its first ever UK tour, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning West End and Broadway show Beautiful – The Carole King Musical stops at Southampton from 26-30 September. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom and includes hit songs: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.

October starts with Cilla – The Musical from the 3-7 October. This spectacular and heart-warming musical is an adaptation of the life of Cilla Black. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits  Anyone Who Had a HeartAlfie and Something Tells Me.

Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and other works comes to Mayflower Theatre on from 10-11 October. Possibly the most popular work in Rambert’s history, Ghost dances tells stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic “ghost dancers” – interrupts the lives of a series of ordinary people. This triple bill also includes A Linha Curva, Rambert’s samba-flavoured party piece, and heart-breaking love story Transfigured Night. All three showcase Rambert’s trademark quality, combining world-class dancing and live music to thrilling effect.

Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production from 12-15 October. Complete with beautiful period costumes, digital projections and ingenious designs, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation.

Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger from The Tiger Who Came to Tea arrives at Mayflower Theatre from 13-15 October. This delightful family show is packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

Welsh National Opera return to Mayflower Theatre from 18 – 21 October with Eugene Onegin, From the House of the Dead and Die Fledermaus. WNO are celebrating the centenary year of the Russian revolution with this season as well as celebrating the classic Die Fledermaus.

Acosta Danza, Carlos Acosta’s brand new company, comes to Mayflower Theatre on the 23 and 24 October as part of their first UK tour. Based in Havana, the company is made up of the best dancers Cuba has to offer who have trained in both ballet and contemporary dance styles. They will perform new and existing pieces by Cuban choreographers who have rarely been seen outside the country.
All or Nothing The MOD musical, plays on 27 and 28 October. This quintessentially British ‘Mod’ Musical celebrates the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces with hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and of course All Or Nothing.

The fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time, The Band, comes to Mayflower Theatre from 31 October to 11 November. The show follows five 16 year old girls in 1992, for whom the band is everything.  25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. Featuring the music of Take That the musical stars the winners from BBC’s Let it Shine, Five to Five.

Rita Simons, Lucie Jones and Bill Ward star in Legally Blonde which comes to Mayflower Theatre from 14-18 November. The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical based on the best loved movie follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. When she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III for a more serious girlfriend she puts down the credit cards and picks up the books. She bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back.

Caroline Flack will make her stage debut alongside Tom Chambers and Charlotte Wakefield in Crazy For You, from 21-25 November. The High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, Crazy For You features a raft of Gershwin songs including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker, the magical Christmas ballet for all the family is here from 29 November – 2 December. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

The multi award-winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow is back from 5-9 December.  This truly unique theatrical adventure is filled with heart, humour and stunning spectacle, promising a breath-taking multisensory delight. A wonder of a show that is equally enjoyed by adults and families alike Slava’s snowy world is a once in a life time, joyous, fun packed event culminating in a blizzard that puts you firmly at the centre of the action!

Mayflower Theatre finishes the year with it’s fab-u-lous pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 15 December to 7 January. Starring Craig Revel Horwood, The Chuckle Brothers and dance troupe Flawless, the show is brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers with stunning costumes and scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

Tickets for all these shows are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833


First Look: Rehearsal Images: War Horse

Mayflower Theatre’s Flawless Pantomime Casting



Mayflower Theatre has announced that Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless will complete the principal line up of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, joining the fab-u-lous Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and The Chuckle Brothers in this year’s forthcoming must-see pantomime from 15 December 2017 – 7 January 2018.

The street dance troupe, made world famous having competed in the third series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, have been a mainstay of the hip-hop dance scene for over a decade having been formed by Marlon Wallen and Ameila Benoit in 2005. That same year the troupe won the annual National UK Street Dancing Championships and made their television debut on the BBC’s The Slammer.

In 2009 the group (consisting of Swoosh, Bounce, Steady, Oddey, Jepp, Gilly, King and Riz) auditioned for the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, unanimously winning over the show’s judges and voting public with their array of spectacular routines which saw them progress to the show’s finals. The following year the boys took to the road in their Chase the Dream tour, which played major theatres in the UK for three months, was released on DVD and, due to popular demand, sent back out on the road in 2011.

They made their feature film debut in 2010 in StreetDance 3D and its 2012 sequel StreetDance2, made guest appearances in EastEnders E20, collaborated with MOBO and Urban Music Award winner Chipmunk and appeared alongside Kylie Minogue in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace which was broadcast live to the nation. They have also made several guest appearances on Strictly Come Dancing alongside Craig Revel Horwood and the show’s professional dancers, as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and made history collaborating with the English National Ballet.

Flawless will star as the Wicked Queen’s attendants alongside Craig Revel Horwood and The Chuckle Brothers.

A well-known face on television in the UK, and now all over the world, Craig Revel Horwood has acted as a judge on all thirteen series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and in recent years returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK tour of Annie, as well as directing and choreographing productions including the current UK tour of Sister Act and Son of a Preacher Man, which opens later this year.

The Chuckle Brothers, who will play the Wicked Queen’s bumbling Henchmen, are known to generations of children for their popular prime-time children’s television show Chucklevision, of which more than 290 episodes were made. The series proved to be so successful that in 2008 BAFTA presented Paul and Barry with an award for ‘services to British children’s television’. During the mid-nineties Paul and Barry also recorded three series of their own TV game show and have since toured the UK extensively, even releasing a charity single with Tinchy Stryder. Paul and Barry have been a staple in pantomime every year, making audiences chuckle at major venues across the UK every Christmas for 50 years. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marks their Mayflower pantomime debut.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind the annual Mayflower pantomime.

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre said: “I am thrilled that Flawless will be joining Craig Revel Horwood and The Chuckle Brothers for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this Christmas. Flawless will be bringing a bit of sparkle to our already brilliant panto with their breathtaking routines. You don’t want to miss this”

With over 60,000 theatregoers attending the annual Mayflower pantomime each year, tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are selling fast. To ensure they don’t miss this year’s Strictly Flawless production, audiences should cha-cha-cha down to the Box Office to guarantee their tickets (with Chuckles galore) for this year’s unmissable production.

Tickets for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (15 December 2017 – 7 January 2018) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker comes to Mayflower Theatre from 29 November – 2 December 2017.

English National Ballet -Nutcracker
English National Ballet -Nutcracker

English National Ballet -Nutcracker

This Christmas season English National Ballet presents its acclaimed production of Nutcracker at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 29 November – 02 December 2017.

Last year saw English National Ballet’s most successful Nutcracker run on record, when over 79,000 people made it to a performance at the London Coliseum a part of their holiday celebrations. This year’s tour of Wayne Eagling’s version continues the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production every year since 1950, its founding year.

On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker has choreography by Wayne Eagling and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with design by Peter Farmer and lighting by David Richardson.

To coincide with Nutcracker, English National Ballet will host a range of workshops and events, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Activities include on-stage workshops for all ages, Live Drawing, Family Events, and behind-the-scenes talks. For more details and to book, see

Tickets for Nutcracker (Wednesday 29 November – Saturday 2 December 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

Titanic The Musical announces first ever UK & Ireland Tour

In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.

Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in April 2018, in the same city and same month in which the RMS Titanic set sail, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will transfer straight to Belfast, where the ship was constructed. From there, Titanic The Musical will visit 12 theatres nationwide.

 “It’s an evening both shattering and gorgeous…

The day after seeing it, I went back to see it again. It’s that good.”

★★★★★ The Times

Having received its UK premiere in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse, the production returned to London in 2016 for an 11-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre, where it won overwhelming critical acclaim.

Maury Yeston commented on the announcement of the UK tour: “The idea that a troupe of actors will tour this show in the UK, birthplace of the ship, where the workers of Belfast, the cabin boys and maids and stewards from Liverpool, the officers and crew, the stokers and stevedores from the Midlands all created a miraculous floating city, means more to me than I can say.  I am touched that, musically, Titanic will finally be coming home, sung by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of its builders – touched, and forever grateful.”

Titanic The Musical has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, Phantom) and a book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year and 1776). The pair have collectively won, including their previous works, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, an Olivier Award and three Tony Awards for their works. The original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Titanic The Musical is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams, in association with Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.


12 – 21 April 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 023 8071 1811

Southampton, Mayflower Theatre                                                          Website:

23 – 28 April 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 028 9024 1919

Belfast, Grand Opera House                                                                       Website:

30 April – 5 May 2018                                                                                      Box Office: 029 2063 6464

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre                                                             Website:

7 – 12 May 2018                                                                                                Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Salford, The Lowry                                                                                          Website:

21 – 26 May 2018                                                                                              Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres                                                                      Website:

28 May – 2 June 2018                                                                                     Box Office: 0844 871 7648

Glasgow, King’s Theatre Glasgow                                                             Website:

4 – 9 June 2018                                                                                                  Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome                                                  Website:

11 – 16 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 0844 871 3014

Edinburgh, Playhouse                                                                                    Website:

18 – 23 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 01752 267222

Plymouth, Theatre Royal                                                                              Website:

25 – 30 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 01604 624811

Northampton, Derngate                                                                               Website:

2 – 7 July 2018                                                                                                    Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Nottingham, Theatre Royal                                                                         Website:

9 – 14 July 2018                                                                                                 Box Office: 01253 625252

Blackpool, Winter Gardens                                                                          Website:

16 – 21 July 2018                                                                                               Box Office: 020 3285 6000

Bromley, Churchill Theatre                                                                          Website:


Rambert comes to Southampton for the first time in 25 years, showcasing the legendary, the new and the best of its work

GHOST DANCES, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Britain - 22 Nov 2016

Rambert present Christopher Bruce’s GHOST DANCES, for the first time in 13 years, at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Christopher Bruce’s celebrated Ghost Dances returns to the company’s repertory
Rambert raises the roof with its samba-fuelled party piece A Linha Curva
Kim Brandstrup’s National Dance Award-winning dramatic love story Transfigured Night completes the triple bill

Britain’s national dance company returns to Southampton after a 25-year absence, showcasing its staggering range in a triple bill of works at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Rambert’s Artistic Director Mark Baldwin said ‘I’m delighted we’re coming back to Southampton after so many years, and with three pieces that really play to Rambert’s strengths and extraordinary talent. This special programme is for your pleasure and enjoyment, from award-winning modern masterpiece Ghost Dances with its enduring and timeless message, to the immense, cascading scale of A Linha Curva and the emotionally drenched Transfigured Night. This is a programme of modern masterpieces designed for Southampton to show the very best of dance.’
Originally created for Rambert in 1981, Ghost Dances is Christopher Bruce’s response to political oppression in South America and has returned to the company’s repertory for the first time in 13 years. Ghost Dances depicts stories of love and compassion, as death – in the form of the iconic ‘ghost dancers’ – interrupts the daily lives of a series of ordinary people.
Set to Latin American folk music arranged by Nicholas Mojsiejenko, the piece makes visual reference to the Day of the Dead. Bruce created the choreography and set design for the work, with costumes by Belinda Scarlett and lighting design by Nick Chelton. Bruce returned to Rambert to teach his choreography to the current company, which revived the work in November 2016.
Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva is a high-octane work based on Latin American rhythms and movements, first performed by Rambert in 2009. The piece features twenty-six dancers from Rambert and the Rambert School and four percussionists. Nominated for Best Choreography prize in the 2009 National Dance Awards and Best New Dance Production in the 2010 Olivier Awards, A Linha Curva contributed to Rambert’s 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Itzik Galili created both choreography and designs for the piece with an original score by Dutch percussion group Percossa.
Transfigured Night was created by double Olivier award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup in 2015 and won the 2016 Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography. Acclaimed as ‘One of his finest works’ (The Guardian),Transfigured Night is loosely based on a Richard Dehmel poem and driven by composer Arnold Schoenberg’s late romantic masterpiece of the same name.
This large-scale ensemble work tells the story of a pair of lovers meeting at moonlight where dark secrets threaten the foundations of their relationship. Four dancers perform intimate duets accompanied by Schoenberg’s lyrical and emotive score, while the remaining dancers form a chorus that reflects the emotional landscape of the piece. Collaborating with Brandstrup is designer Chloë Lamford and lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli.

Tickets for Rambert Ghost Dances & Other Works (10-11 October 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre:
Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams to star in Uk Tour of Flashdance – The Musical



Flashdance – The Musical returns to the UK for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly favourite Joanne Clifton and singer-songwriter Ben Adams, and will come to Mayflower Theatre from 6-9 September 2017.

Strictly Come Dancing Champion Joanne Clifton is no stranger to being at the top, as she is also a World & European Champion ballroom dancer, and is one of very few pro dancers to have won both the main Strictly glitter ball with Ore Oduba last year and the Christmas Special in 2015 with Harry Judd.

Joanne made her musical theatre debut in the role of Streetwalker in the UK premiere of the Irving Berlin musical Face The Music, for which she was nominated for an Off West End Award.  She followed this up with a turn as Marilyn Monroe in the Norma Jeane Musical and then tread the boards as Millie Dillmount in the No. 1 UK Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie for which she garnered rave reviews.

She is now excited to take on her latest starring role as Alex Owens in the UK Tour of Flashdance. Joanne says,

“This is just another dream come true! I think everyone in the world whether dancer or non-dancer, as soon as they hear ‘What a Feeling’, remember that iconic scene at the end of the film and I’m so incredibly lucky that I get to do that every night in a UK TOUR along with fabulous numbers like “She’s a Maniac.” I’m over the moon! It’s another amazing opportunity in my musical theatre career and I can once again sing and act alongside dancing! I just hope the water’s not too cold when it falls on me!’

Ben Adams who will join Joanne on stage as Nick Hurley has been singing and performing since the age of 8. His career started as head chorister at St. Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey, singing at royal weddings, touring all over Europe, recording 2 classical albums and frequently singing for the likes of the queen and the pope. At 16, he became the lead singer of the band a1, who racked up 10 million record sales, 2 UK number ones, 5 studio albums and toured throughout the world, winning a Brit award among many others.

When the band split, Ben took to the studio and is now a successful song writer and producer, working with the likes of Robin Thicke, Craig David, JLS, Ward Thomas, Sam Bailey, Boyzone and Alexandra Burke to name but a few. He also reached the final of Celebrity Big Brother, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing, and Master Chef in Denmark. As well as writing for other artists, he went straight to number 1 in the itunes charts with his classical album titled One Beautiful Mourning. His first solo album 1981 will be launched early 2018.

In 2010, a1 reformed and having successfully completed stadium tours in Asia and 68 sold out arena concerts across Europe, they starred in The Big Reunion on ITV2 and played arenas across the country.  They continue to tour throughout the world.

Ben has also written a brand-new musical called ‘EUGENIUS!’ Which after a sold-out London Palladium performance, is set to hit the West End stage next year.

Ben says of taking to the stage in Flashdance:

“It’s amazing to be part of such an iconic story, and as an 80’s child I was brought up on this music so I couldn’t be happier playing Nick in the theatre production of Flashdance. Whilst I continue with my own music career and touring with a1, Musical Theatre has always been a real passion of mine, so to be asked to play this role, and to be working with such an amazing cast and crew is a real honour. I look forward to seeing you all out on the road in the coming months”

Additional cast includes: Colin, Kiyani, Rikki Chamberlain, Garry Lee Netley, Carol Ball, Sia Dauda, Hillie Ann Lowe, Simeon Beckett, Rhodri Watkins, Demmileigh Foster, Emily Kenwright, Ameila Rose Fielding, Alex Christian, Matt Concannon

Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the award-winning title track Flashdance – What a Feeling.

Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all odds. Flashdance proved a hit with audiences, and remained in the Top 10 Box Office in the States for 15 weeks after release. The original score also proved hugely popular, with the soundtrack album selling 700,000 copies within two weeks of release. The platinum selling hit title track Flashdance – What A Feeling won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1983, with the soundtrack winning the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special in 1984.

Presented by Selladoor Productions – producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors  and Runaway Entertainment producers of In The Heights, Guys and Dolls and Lazarus, Flashdance – The Musical is not to be missed!

Tickets for Flashdance – The Musical (6-9 September 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

Mayflower Theatre launch new Digital Archive

On Saturday 24 June, Mayflower Theatre will be launching a new digital archive as the culmination of its My Story Archive Project. The project has been running since June 2016 and now members of the public and theatregoers will be able to access the new archive through digital interactive access points in the theatre initially and then on the theatre’s website.

The project which was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved the theatre reaching out to customers to share their experiences, putting together a team of young people to capture these memories and creating a film.

Sara Scott, Head of Creative Learning said “We have been working with a team of young people since September to film and interview members of the public who shared their stories about their memories and experiences at the theatre. We have also had 14  volunteers working each week on a sample of materials from our archive, sorting and creating a digital record of programmes, leaflets and memories. I am delighted to celebrate and share this work in our new digital archive and look forward to adding to and developing the archive of our theatre’s heritage over the coming years.“

In addition to our archive and film work, we have also been able to visit local community groups and projects, such as Southampton Dementia Café’s and Southampton Pride of Place project, to share our history, and encourage the local community to share their stories.

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive added, “I am thrilled that we have created a living history of our wonderful theatre which is accessible to all through the website and at the theatre. Mayflower Theatre is at the heart of our community and this project has enabled us to record and celebrate its rich history – very timely with our upcoming celebration of our 90th birthday in 2018”.

The launch event attended by 40 invited guests is this Saturday 24 June from 10.00am –  12.00pm at the theatre in the Empire Suite. If you would like to cover the launch please contact Robin Hancox or Charlotte Nelson 02380 711803 [email protected] [email protected]


Bill Bailey Larks in Transit comes to Mayflower Theatre

Larks In Transit
Larks In Transit

Larks In Transit

Pronounced by The Guardian Guide as “approaching the status of national treasure” and hailed by The Times as being, “at the top of his game”, comedian musician BILL BAILEY has announced details of his BRAND NEW LIVE SHOW, LARKS IN TRANSIT which comes to Mayflower Theatre on Sunday 22 April 2018.

LARKS IN TRANSIT is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by The Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation.”

British Comedy Award winner, Bill Bailey has enjoyed success on the live stage for many years. In 2001 he took his show Bewilderness to New York for an eight week run at the Westbeth Theatre. The New York Times wrote of him, “Bill is an unalloyed pleasure, a treat for the funny bone, the brain and the ear” and The Telegraph pronounced him “a hobbit with a wicked sense of humour”. In 2004 he performed his show Part Troll at over fifty venues around the UK, culminating in an extended run at London’s Wyndhams Theatre. In 2007 he embarked on a sold-out UK arena tour with his audio-visual, comedic extravaganza, Tinselworm. He took the show down under during the summer of 2008, touring Australia and New Zealand, before returning to London in December 2008 for a ten week run of the show at The Gielgud Theatre. The summer of 2009 saw Bill tour the UK once again with his live show, Bill Bailey Live. Later that same year, following his performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the resulting critically acclaimed BBC2 television broadcast, Bill enjoyed a very successful UK tour of his musical comedy extravaganza, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra. Performing alongside some of the UK’s finest orchestras, the show provided fans with the opportunity to see Bill’s surreal comic and musical imagination at its best and was described by The Telegraph as “a glorious achievement.”

In 2010 Bill Bailey toured the Scottish Highlands with his live show, Dandelion Mind, where he enjoyed performing to small intimate crowds. Bill then went from playing at some of his smallest gigs to one of his biggest, performing a huge open air homecoming gig at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium in June of that year. This was followed by an international tour of Dandelion Mind across Australia and New Zealand. Bill proceeded to take the show into London’s West End where it was described by The Times as “a consistently inventive mix of sociopolitics, art history, anthropology and astrophysics, it may well be his best show yet!” At the end of 2011, Bill took Dandelion Mind (Gently Modified) out to the masses with a full tour of the UK. Bill followed Dandelion Mind with yet another hit show, Qualmpeddler, with which he toured Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Estonia, The Netherlands and of course the UK, where he wrapped the tour with a massive gig at London’s Wembley Arena.

Described by The Guardian as “one of Bailey’s best shows for years“, Bill’s most recent live show, Limboland, was arguably one of his most successful ever. Having performed the show to in excess of 230,000 fans, across 170 sell-out dates in the UK alone, including a six week run in London’s West End, the critics were unanimous in their praise for Limboland. Bill had previously toured Limboland in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, enjoying packed houses and the critics raving.

 Bill has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival almost every year since his debut, Cosmic Jam, in 1995. His 1996 follow up, Bill Bailey Live, earned him a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Award. The fringe has also seen Bill branch out as a dramatic actor, firstly in an extremely well-received production of 12 Angry Men, as the restrained Juror 4, two years later as the slouchy, unkempt Oscar in the equally acclaimed, The Odd Couple.

In 2011 Bill performed one of the biggest comedy gigs in the world, performing to some 60,000 fans at Knebworth, when he headlined the Sonisphere Rock Festival alongside rock gods Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Having played at the first ever Comedy Session at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, Bill is a regular on the festival circuit with previous appearances at both Kew The Music and the Reading and Leeds Festival, to name but two.

Last summer Bill wrote and illustrated Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds. With “prose as charming as it is informative,” (Chortle) and “surreal and charming sketches accompanying his informative descriptions,” (BBC Countryfile Magazine) the book was a humorous and personal insight into his favourite British Birds, packed with Bill’s own anecdotes, drawings, cartoons and field notes.

Bill was recently presented with an Honorary Doctorate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia for his outstanding contribution to the environment on a global scale. Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, Professor Greg Hill said, “We believe Bill’s commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability, particularly in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, demonstrates excellence and deserves recognition.”

Bill has long been a supporter of numerous charities including International Animal Rescue, with whom he visited dancing bear sanctuaries in India in 2005. He is also patron of Good Vibrations and The Music House for Children, as well as an Ambassador for Youth Music. He continues to support many others, including The Sumatran Orangutan Society, Bowel Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer UK, The Asthma Society and Reprieve.

This summer, in memory of his mother who he lost to bowel cancer in 2005, Bill will be walking The Ridgeway Walk in support of Stand Up To Cancer, a charity very close to Bill’s heart. Joined by a number of his closest pals, Bill will be trekking the 100-mile route from Bedfordshire to Wiltshire over six days at the end of June.

Tickets for Bill Bailey Larks in Transit (Sunday 22 April 2018.) will be on general sale on Friday from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833