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Producers visit the Titanic Berth on Anniversary

Photo left to right: Producer Danielle Tarento, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell, Director Thom Southerland and Producer Steven M Levy Photo left to right: Producer Danielle Tarento, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell, Director Thom Southerland and Producer Steven M Levy
 Photo left to right: Producer Danielle Tarento, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell, Director Thom Southerland and Producer Steven M Levy Photo left to right: Producer Danielle Tarento, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell, Director Thom Southerland and Producer Steven M Levy


Photo left to right: Producer Danielle Tarento, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell, Director Thom Southerland and Producer Steven M Levy

On the 106th Anniversary of Titanic leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, the producers of Titanic the Musical visited the actual berth 43 & 44 in Ocean Dock (which was formally known as White Star Dock).

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive said, “Having been working on bringing Titanic the Musical to Southampton for the past 5 years, I was delighted to join Thom, Danielle and Steven at Titanic’s berth to imagine the sight 106 years ago where families said goodbye to loved ones who they would never see again. The show is in the middle of technical rehearsals and will premiere at Mayflower Theatre on Thursday evening”.

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.

Titanic The Musical has music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel, Phantom of Opera) 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 and is directed by Thom Southerland.

 Tickets for Titanic the Musical (Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 April 2018) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk.

Cast of Titanic The Musical Announced

Titanic The Musical. Photo by Scott Rylander
Titanic The Musical. Photo by Scott Rylander

Titanic The Musical. Photo by Scott Rylander

Casting has been confirmed for the first ever UK & Ireland Tour of Titanic The Musical. Directed by returning director Thom Southerland, 25 actors from across the country will take the production on its maiden UK and Ireland tour, to visit the cities and communities whose forebears built, manned and sailed on the famous ship. The tour will start at Mayflower Theatre from 12 April – 21 April 2017.

The press night performance will be held in Southampton on 17th April, in the same city from which the RMS Titanic set sail.

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.

The cast will feature eleven actors returning from Titanic The Musical’s performances at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre. The cast includes Alistair Barron (Titanic The Musical, Bumblescratch), Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera, Chess), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof), Lewis Cornay (The Break, Brothers), Alexander Evans (Eugenius, The Sound of Music), Simon Green (Titanic The Musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Emma Harrold (Cinderella, The Sound of Music), Devon-Elise Johnson (Half a Sixpence, Mamma Mia), Claire Machin (Titanic The Musical, The Girls), Claire Marlowe (Titanic The Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest), Oliver Marshall as Bride (Blondel, Forty Years On), Matthew McDonald (Death Take a Holiday, A Christmas Carol), Chris McGuigan (Bananaman The Musical, West Side Story), Matthew McKenna (Bananaman The Musical, 42nd Street), Gemma McMeel (Big Fish, Royal Variety Performance), Janet Mooney (The Woman in White, The Braille Legacy), Joel Parnis (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables), Timothy Quinlan (Jersey Boys, Mack & Mabel), Philip Rham (Titanic The Musical, Dr Korczak’s Example), Dudley Rogers (Titanic The Musical, A Christmas Carol), Victoria Serra (Titanic The Musical, Mamma Mia), Niall Sheehy (Titanic The Musical, Miss Saigon), Judith Street (Titanic The Musical, The Girls) and Stephen Webb (Rothschild & Sons, Jersey Boys) & Samuel J Weir (Common, The Caucasian Chalk Circle).

Maury Yeston commented on the cast 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.”

Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in April 2018, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will transfer straight to Belfast, where the ship was constructed. From there, Titanic The Musical will visit 13 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.

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 and Vaughan Williams, in association with Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

CAST

Alistair Barron as Lightoller

Kieran Brown as Murdoch

Greg Castiglioni as Andrews

Lewis Cornay as Bellboy/Hartley

Simon Green as Ismay

Emma Harrold as Kate Mullins

Devon-Elise Johnson as Kate Murphy

Claire Machin as Alice Beane

Claire Marlowe as Lady Caroline

Oliver Marshall as Bride

Chris McGuigan as Jim Farrell

Matthew McKenna as Pitman/Etches

Joel Parnis as Fleet

Timothy Quinlan as Edgar Beane

Philip Rham as Captain Smith

Dudley Rogers as Isidor Straus

Victoria Serra as Kate McGowan

Niall Sheehy as Barrett

Judith Street as Ida Straus

Stephen Webb as Charles Clarke

Ensemble includes Alexander Evans, Matthew McDonald, Gemma McMeel, Janet Mooney & Samuel J Weir.

Tickets for Titanic The Musical (Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 April 2018) via Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

 

Jersey Boys returns to Mayflower Theatre in 2019

L to R Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey, Lewis Griffiths
L to R Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey & Lewis Griffiths. Credit Matt Martin

L to R Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Simon Bailey & Lewis Griffiths. Credit Matt Martin

Due to overwhelming demand, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, returns to Mayflower Theatre from Tue 19 March to Sat 30 March 2019 as part of its second national tour.

The producers have announced that Michael Watson will be playing Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey will be Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan will be Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths will be Nick Massi. Michael, Simon, Declan and Lewis have all previously performed their roles in Jersey Boys to great acclaim: Michael and Simon in the West End, Declan in the West End and Australia, and Lewis in the first UK and Ireland tour. Dayle Hodge will return to the production to play Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Michael Watson made his West End debut in We Will Rock You and was also in the original London casts of Imagine This, Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. A founder member of theatre super-group Teatro, Simon Bailey also played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.  His other West End credits include I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical and We Will Rock You. Declan Egan played the role of Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys in his native Australia and has toured the USA in The Book Of Mormon.  Lewis Griffiths played Johnny Castle in the recent tour of Dirty Dancing.  He also appeared in the original UK touring productions of Ghost – The Musical and Legally Blonde – The Musical.  Dayle Hodge made his West End debut as Chip in the original London cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and has appeared in Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Scrooge.

The cast also includes Joel Elferink as Bob Crewe, James Alexander Gibbs as Joey, Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo, Karl James-Wilson as Norm Waxman, Arnold Mabhena as Barry Belson, Phoebe May Newman as Francine, Olive Robinson as Lorraine, James Winter as Hank Majewski and Tara Young as Mary Delgado.  Completing the cast will be Peter Nash, Dan O’Brien, Stephen O’Riain and Amy Thiroff.

Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The Olivier Award-winning West End production closed on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years in London. The first UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys was a record-breaking success and ran for 18 months, from 4 September 2014 to 5 March 2016.

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people worldwide. Jersey Boys can currently be seen across the United States on its US National Tour. The BROADWAY production closed on 15 January 2017 as the 12th longest running show in Broadway history. Jersey Boys will return to New York City in a new production in November 2017 at New World Stages.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The UK & Ireland Tour production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark.  The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.

The UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals and Ambassador Theatre Group with Joseph J Grano, Pelican Group, Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and Howard Panter.

For further details, please visit www.jerseyboysuktour.com.

Facebook: facebook.com/JerseyBoysUKTour

Twitter: @JerseyBoysUK

Instagram: @jerseyboysuk

 Tickets for Jersey Boys (Tue 19 March to Sat 30 March 2019) are on sale from Wednesday 17 January 2018 from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833.

 

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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 mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

 

First Look: Rehearsal Images: War Horse

Mayflower Theatre’s Flawless Pantomime Casting

Flawless
Flawless

Flawless

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 mayflower.org.uk. 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 www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on

Tickets for Nutcracker (Wednesday 29 November – Saturday 2 December 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. 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.

TITANIC THE MUSICAL – UK TOUR DATES

12 – 21 April 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 023 8071 1811

Southampton, Mayflower Theatre                                                          Website: mayflower.org.uk

23 – 28 April 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 028 9024 1919

Belfast, Grand Opera House                                                                       Website: goh.co.uk

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

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre                                                             Website: wmc.org.uk

7 – 12 May 2018                                                                                                Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Salford, The Lowry                                                                                          Website: thelowry.com

21 – 26 May 2018                                                                                              Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres                                                                      Website: sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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

Glasgow, King’s Theatre Glasgow                                                             Website: atgtickets.com

4 – 9 June 2018                                                                                                  Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome                                                  Website: birminghamhippodrome.com

11 – 16 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 0844 871 3014

Edinburgh, Playhouse                                                                                    Website: atgtickets.com

18 – 23 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 01752 267222

Plymouth, Theatre Royal                                                                              Website: theatreroyal.com

25 – 30 June 2018                                                                                             Box Office: 01604 624811

Northampton, Derngate                                                                               Website: royalandderngate.co.uk

2 – 7 July 2018                                                                                                    Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Nottingham, Theatre Royal                                                                         Website: trch.co.uk

9 – 14 July 2018                                                                                                 Box Office: 01253 625252

Blackpool, Winter Gardens                                                                          Website: wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

16 – 21 July 2018                                                                                               Box Office: 020 3285 6000

Bromley, Churchill Theatre                                                                          Website: churchilltheatre.co.uk

 

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:
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