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Billy Elliot The Musical – The Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Stephen Daldry Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There are some tales that quickly become a part of the collective cultural consciousness and it’s as though they’ve always been with us. The story of Billy Elliot, the frustrated boy who becomes a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet is one of those. Stephen Daldry’s 2000 film ...

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The Commitments – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

brian gilligan and cast the commitments theatre royal glasgow

Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Writer: Roddy Doyle Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The West End smash hit The Commitments rolls into Southampton’s Mayflower to rapturous applause. Based on the film of the same name, this show tells to story of a group of dysfunctional, disenchanted, Dubliners from the 1980s, who at worst dislike each other and at best are tolerant, but they ...

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Guys and Dolls – The Mayflower, Southampton

Singing gansters in a dance routine

Director: Gordon Greenberg Writer: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon) Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Choreography: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   There is always a real buzz when a musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood is taken out, dusted down and given a new lease of life ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Simon Phillips Writers: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Based on the Australian film of the same name Priscilla Queen of the Desert rolls into Southampton’s Mayflower theatre in a colourful display of glitter, neon Lycra and false eyelashes. Having had a long run in London’s West End and previous tours and with a strong fanbase, it ...

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The Jersey Boys – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Des Mcanuff Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage For those unaware, The Jersey Boys is not your standard juke box musical. Despite a smorgasbord of hit songs that you will instantly recognise there is far more to this show than a number of hits strung together. This is ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Marianne Elliott Writer: Simon Stephens adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The National Theatre’s production of Marianne Elliott’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has to be one of this year’s most spectacular touring productions. Well worthy of its 7 Olivier awards when it was staged at the National Theatre in London, ...

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Barnum – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Jean-Pierre van der Spuy Music: Cy Colman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Writer: Mark Bramble Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage When Phineas T. Barnum announces to the audience “this is the greatest show on earth” he was not far wrong. Southampton’s Mayflower was ringing out loud with the sounds of the circus as Barnum headed into town. Before the curtain rises the spectacle ...

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