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Funny Girl – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music, Lyrics & Book: Julie Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel  Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: David Jobson What a history this show has. It was only last year that Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy. A run that was met with setbacks but received heaps of praise, and gave Smith’s ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Storming into Southampton's Mayflower theatre with a rocking punch is award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon. Telling the story of brothers Ray and Dave Davies and their fellow Kinks bandmates Pete Quaife and Mick Avory, Sunny Afternoon transports the audience back to the 60s and depicts the struggle of four working class lads ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Mayflower, Southampton

Image by Darren Bell

Writers: Colin Escott &Floyd Mutrux Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Jobson In an age where jukebox musicals make easy money, the question of story comes up. Does one try to string the songs together to make a vague story, or alternatively just follow the story of the musician concerned. This musical has instead tried something different, dramatising an event that took ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Mayflower, Southampton

Rocky Horror Show - Diana Vickers (Janet) and Liam Tamne (Frank-N-Furter) in Bed

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: David Jobson   What can you say about the Rocky Horror Show that has not already been said? Richard O’Brien’s show has lasted 43 years and was voted the best show to originate from the Royal Court Theatre. To say to its fans that this musical is beyond silly and lacking any substance ...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Mayflower, Southampton

Cast members of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Author: Jeffrey Lane Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: David Jobson   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical based on the 1988 Michael Caine and Steve Martin movie. The musical premiered in the West End in 2014 and now is coming to the end of a nationwide tour. It's a musical comedy that plays homage to classics such as Anything Goes, Kiss ...

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English National Ballet Romeo and Juliet – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Jo Payne It becomes apparent from the first view of the auditorium that no expense has been spared on this production of William Shakespeare’s most famous story. The sheer size of the orchestra is breath-taking, with instrumentalists spilling into the stalls. From a dark opening, depicting death and the unpredictability of life, the ...

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Annie – Mayflower, Southampton

Book by: Thomas Meehan Directed by: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Annie, a much-loved family musical, tells the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find her parents. When Annie is invited to stay at Billionaire Oliver Warbucks home for Christmas, the pair find in each other what they have been missing all along; love. Their new ...

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