Tag: Mayflower Theatre (page 1 of 3)

Titanic Plots A Course for Southampton!

Here in the Cheap Seats we never used to be big fans of Titanic, but when we saw Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland‘s sublime production last year our minds were totally changed (you can read our rave review here). Now we’re thrilled that this glorious production is coming back and will set sail from it’s spiritual home in Southampton! Read on for the full lowdown. Continue reading

The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-Time @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has been a top destination for touring musicals for longer than we can remember and in recent years they’ve added top class drama to their repertoire. We sent Emma van Kooperen to check out Curious Incident as it arrived on the south coast! Continue reading

The Red Shoes @ Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

THE RED SHOES by Bourne, , Choreographer and Director – Mathew Bourne, Designer – Lez Brotherstoni, Lighting – Paule Constable, Plymouth, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

It’s a rare thing, when you’re a regular theatregoer, to see something that is truly fresh and wonderfully new! Matthew Bourne seems to have knack for it though and his adaptation of The Red Shoes, based on the 1948 movie, is the sort of production that stays in the mind for weeks and that you’ll talk about for years! Continue reading

Billy Elliott @ The Mayflower, Southampton

Billy Elliott is a musical steeped in the eighties, from Thatcher to Miners strikes by way of some very bright leg warmers it drips with the trappings of the decade… and yet, with a story about standing up for what you believe in and seizing the opportunity to escape from a life with no future it feels worryingly apt for the current political climate! Continue reading

Cheap Seats’ Shows of 2016

13709907_1119983671406698_9162716454625310889_n2016 is nearly over and while we’re looking excited to see what 2017 holds it would be remiss of us not to reflect on the shows that have entertained us this year! Continue reading

The Wind In The Willows @ The Mayflower, Southampton

willows-dress-1305I’ve had a tough week, the day job has been grinding me down and I haven’t seen the sun in days. Frankly, when I left the office yesterday I was thoroughly fed up and downbeat… but a short trip to the river bank had me practically skipping out of the Mayflower with a grin so wide I could feel it in my ears! Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption @ The Mayflower, Southampton

acm_6143-photography-mark-yeomanIt’s one of Hollywood’s great anachronisms, a movie that underwhelmed at the box office but came to define the burgeoning home video market, and all from a throwaway short story by an author better known for horror than drama. Can this new touring production from Bill Kenwright live up to the version we all know and love? Emma van Kooperen finds out… Continue reading

Sheridan Smith Rejoins Funny Girl at Mayflower, Southampton

FUNNY GIRL by Styne, , Music - Jule Styne, Lyrics - Bob Merril, Director - Michael Mayer, Choreographer - Lynne Page, Set Michael Pavelka, Costumes - Matthew Wright, Lighting - Mark Henderson, Savoy Theatre, London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

FUNNY GIRL by Styne, , Music – Jule Styne, Lyrics – Bob Merril, Director – Michael Mayer, Choreographer – Lynne Page, Set Michael Pavelka, Costumes – Matthew Wright, Lighting – Mark Henderson, Savoy Theatre, London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

We didn’t get to see Funny Girl at the Menier and somehow missed it when it transferred too, so we were glad to hear the production would be heading out on tour. Imagine our delight when we heard Sheridan Smith would be appearing when it stops off down the road at the Mayflower too! Continue reading

Guys and Dolls @ Mayflower, Southampton

PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS by Duncan Macmillan, , Writer - Duncan Macmillan, Director - Jeremy Herrin, Set Designer - Bunny Christie, Westend, 2016,, Credit: Johan Persson/

I’ve gone on record previously saying that Guys and Dolls is my favourite musical, in fact for me it’s about as close to perfection as I’ve heard from a musical! I loved this production in Chichester so was excited to see it head to Southampton’s Mayflower theatre. Continue reading

Avenue Q @ The Mayflower, Southampton

tumblr_inline_o5iat9hdtR1rgiv1h_500I’m a bit of an Avenue Q fan, I think we can admit that. In fact, every time this production has appeared anywhere near home I’ve made a point to go see it, you can read my thoughts on this production in Winchester and Portsmouth to find out just how much I loved it the last time it toured the UK. Continue reading

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