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West Side Story | Tue 22 Apr - Sat 3 May 2014
With ground-breaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre forever.
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and packed with unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, West Side Story has been described as 'one of the towering achievements of musical theatre of the last century.’ Guardian
Now Joey McKneely’s vibrant stage production of the classic musical, with Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, returns to the UK after international sell-out succes
20th Century Boy | Tue 6 May 2014 - 10 May 2014
The smash hit Marc Bolan Musical – Prior to West End
The brand new musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, explodes onto the stage nearly four decades after the iconic star’s tragic death. Featuring some of the greatest pop songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the story of Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a tearful, yet joyful journey through Marc’s fascinating life.
Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. ‘Bigger than the Beatles’ the media said. Before his tragic death in 1977, just days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans.
Packed with all T.Rex’s 70s hits, staged by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live) and with a West End cast, 20th Century Boy is a glorious story and celebration of glam rock at its colorful best!
Featuring the smash hits: Ride A White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love To Boogie, Get It On, Hot Love, 20th Century Boy and many more.
Bruce Forsyth Entertains | Sun 11 May 2014
Bruce Forsyth and the Dave Arch Orchestra
Direct from his sell out critically acclaimed performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bruce Forsyth, the nation’s most famous and loved performer entertains in a very special rare performance. See Bruce perform songs, tell stories and dance in what the critics describe as "the ultimate performance". With the support of his own band this is the show that every member of the family can enjoy in the intimacy of the theatre.
Early Booking Essential
Let It Be | Mon 12 May - Sat 17 May 2014
Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with LET IT BE, the spectacular concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles greatest hits! Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.
"A non-stop parade of hits" Daily Telegraph
Relive The Beatles meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
"You won’t get better than this West End show!" Sunday Mirror
That'll Be The Day | Tuesday 20 May 2014
Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary That'll Be The Day, the nations longest touring rock 'n' roll show returns to the Mayflower Theatre in 2014!
This hugely entertaining rock 'n' roll spectacular features a fantastic line up of knock-out hits from the 1950's, 60's and 70's, mixed with loads of new zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feel good party atmosphere.
Now in its 27th year of touring continuously in the UK and Europe, That'll Be The Day is living proof that Rock 'n' Roll will never die!
"What a great value for money show That'll Be The Day is. Not to be missed!" – The Daily Mail
Northern Ballet - A Midsummer Night's Dream | Wed 28 May - Sat 31 May 2014
Northern Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream sees the romantic antics of a touring dance company played out on one magical night as the company travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh.
It's the final rehearsal and emotions run high as artistic temperaments clash with romantic entanglements. The time comes to leave for Edinburgh but the tensions continue on board the train and as the Company settle down for the night, the train enters a tunnel and the dream begins.
Join Puck, Bottom, Titania, Oberon and the company for a magical evening of dance, breathtaking sets and beautiful costumes, with music by Mendelssohn and Brahms played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. This Olivier Award nominated ballet will take you on a spectacular journey from the stylish elegance of the 1940's to a Technicolor dreamworld where Puck's magical mayhem weaves a tangled web of love.
Book now to see Northern Ballet cast their magic on Shakespeare’s fantastically funny play.
One Man, Two Guvnors | Mon 2 Jun - Sat 7 Jun 2014
The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, embarks on its biggest-ever tour of the UK and Ireland from May 2014. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Directed by Nick Hytner and Written by Richard Bean. Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.
Dirty Dancing | Tue 10 Jun - Sat 28 Jun 2014
THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.
You’ll have the time of your life.
Fastest selling West End show in history!
Dance 'til Dawn | Tue 1 Jul - Sat 5 Jul 2014
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a brand new show Dance ‘Til Dawn! After wowing audiences across the country withMidnight Tango, the dazzling duo return in a sensational dance show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
In 1940s LA, a romance unfolds between a beautiful starlet and her handsome lover. Dance ‘Til Dawn will transport you to a time of elegance with stunning sets, a live band, world class dancers and Vincent and Flavia themselves with their flawless footwork and spellbinding choreography.
Dance ‘Til Dawn is a classic, love story that brings vintage Hollywood glamour to the present. This unforgettable evening of timeless sophistication and breathtaking dance is a must see.
The Lion King | Fri 11 Jul - Sat 6 Sep 2014
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King will redefine your expectations of theatre.
A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Don't miss your chance to experience this award-winning production at Mayflower Theatre.
Rock of Ages | Tue 9 - Sat 13 Sep 2014
DIRECT FROM WEST END
THE AWARD-WINNING SMASH HIT MUSICAL
Still rocking after 5 years on Broadway and following 3 years of ovation-inducing performances in London's West End, the legendary Rock of Ages now comes to Mayflower Theatre.
This 80s-themed hilarious musical features over 30 eyebrow scorching tunes including: Don't Stop Believin', We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is.
Rocking Southampton in September 2014.
Singin' in the Rain | Tue 18 Sep - Sun 5 Oct 2014
Direct from the West End, this superbly enjoyable production of Singin’ in the Rain is a smash hit with critics and audiences alike. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies - and some of its stars – behind.
This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.
With high-energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including 12,000 litres of water) Singin' in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.
An Evening with Boycott and Aggers | Mon 22 Sep 2014
To celebrate the 2013 Ashes clashes, Britain’s most popular cricket commentators met live on stage for the first time at major venues in each of the host cities of the England v Australia test matches.
Playing to packed houses in London, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle, the original odd couple amazed and enthralled both devotees of the game and non-cricket lovers alike with their hilarious stories and quick-fire wit. Special celebrity guests - Stephen Fry, Jeff Thomson, Nick Hancock and Rory Bremner - added to the entertainment, but it was the Boycott and Agnew exchanges that audiences found spell-binding.
Fresh from their commentaries duties on England's disastrous tour down under, Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew returned for four more shows in January, which were even more successful than their summer outings. Now, due to popular demand, they are back for another short and exclusive run.
Again, the pair debate hot topics as England rebuild their team, management and shattered confidence and Boycs will give his no-nonsense views on cricket and life in general. The audience can tweet Aggers live with their own questions and the shows will, as ever, be fun, fiery and full of surprises!
English National Ballet - Coppélia | Wed 15 Oct - Sat 18 Oct 2014
Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage.
Coppélia is an enchanting, effervescent family ballet, perfect for young and old alike. Delibes's irresistibly melodic score is performed by English National Ballet's full orchestra.
Grupo Corpo - Sem Mim & Parabelo | Tue 7 Oct - Wed 8 Oct 2014
Brazil's internationally acclaimed dance company come to Mayflower Theatre for the first time this autumn. Grupo Corpo combine the precision of classical ballet with the sensuality and passion of Latin dance rhythms. The 22 dancers fill the stage with elegant, virtuosic and joyful dance which has audiences in raptures.
"Grupo Corpo’s dancers are justly celebrated for their virtuosity, and when 22 of them are moving in rippling, flickering, high kicking unison, the audience are guaranteed a physical thrill" The Guardian
"Their combination of sharp precision and breezy relaxation is unlike anything I have ever seen." The Daily Telegraph
"Grupo Corpo is remarkable for the disciplined, uniform precision of its spectacular dancing, performed by virtuoso dancers who seamlessly integrate disparate influences into their ever-malleable, apparently tireless bodies." The New York Times
Wicked | Tue 21 Oct - Sat 15 Nov 2014
Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell over audiences across the world for a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 15th longest-running West End musical of all time.In a brilliantly witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in '‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs (by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
An Evening with Noel Fielding | Sun 16 Nov 2014
Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Luxury Comedy) is embarking on his first live tour in five years: An Evening With Noel Fielding.
Expect a magical mix of Noel's unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding's best known TV characters (such as The Moon and Fantasy Man).
Fielding's comedy has seen him perform in venues all over the world (such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House and Radio City Music Hall) win numerous awards (including Perrier Best Newcomer, The Barry Humphries Award at The Melbourne Comedy Festival and The Douglas Adams Award for innovative writing) and appears on TV shows such as Michael Mcintyre's Roadshow, Big Fat Quiz Of The Year and QI.
There will also be muscular support from the loose stylings of Mike Fielding (Naboo/ Smooth) and the physical lunacy ofTom Meeton (The Mighty Boosh/ Oram & Meeton).
You'd be a fool to miss out, come along, bring your nan, fancy dress optional.
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense | Tue 18 - Sat 22 Nov 2014
A new play adapted from the works of P.G Wodehouse
The hit West End comedy is now on tour. This adorable production layers joy on joy, joke on joke, in a delightful evening of theatrical absurdity featuring P.G Wodehouse’s iconic double act.
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie is called on to play matchmaker and steal a cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Of course, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters. Enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates!
Laugh out loud funny, Perfect Nonsense is the comedy of the year. Book now.
Riverdance | Mon 1 - Sat 6 Dec 2014
Live Nation is proud to present the Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour. With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public's heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect with what the Irish Times rightly described as "The Original...The Best". The Washington Post exclaimed, "Its continued popularity proves that it was, and remains, a phenomenon of historic proportions!"
This 20th Anniversary UK Tour gives Riverdance fans, old and new, the opportunity to celebrate an incredible milestone for an incredible show. Twenty years after it took its first steps, a truly phenomenal piece of theatrical entertainment is back by popular demand. Don't miss this anniversary tour!
Saturday Night Fever | Tue 6 - Sat 10 Jan 2015
When John Travolta walked on to the dance floor in the smash hit film Saturday Night Fever, it changed the way we dance forever.
The date is 1976 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life - to become the disco king. When he meets Stephanie, who also dreams of a world beyond Brooklyn, and they decide to train together for a dance competition, their lives begin to change forever.
This brand new production of Saturday Night Fever, one of the most loved dance stories of all time, is packed with legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classicsStayin' Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love?
A large and hugely talented cast of actor-musicians will play instruments, dance and sing in this spectacular new musical production.
Co-producer Robert Stigwood is one of the world’s leading impresarios and entertainment entrepreneurs whose stage shows have included Hair, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstarand whose films have included Grease and the phenomenally successful film of Saturday Night Fever.
Andrew Wright won Best Choreographer at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 and was nominated for Best Choreographer at the 2012 Olivier Awards and Broadway World 2011 Awards for his choreography of Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain.
The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia | Tue 13 - Sat 17 Jan 2015
This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins...
The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia
Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb and never fail to delight audiences with their breath-taking physical ability and dazzling costumes.
Sergei Bobrov - Artistic Director
Edward Scissorhands | Tue 3 - Sat 7 Mar 2015
★★★★ 'THE MATTHEW BOURNE - TIM BURTON CHEMISTRY IS FIZZING. A CRACKING PIECE OF THEATRE' Guardian
'In 2005 I achieved a long time ambition to bring Edward Scissorhands to the stage. Now I am delighted to have the opportunity to take a fresh new look at this magical production, which will be revitalised for a new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers' Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne's magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere in 2005. After sell out performances in Europe, America and Australia it now returns to the UK in its first major revival to delight the whole family.
Based on the classic Tim Burton film and featuring the beautiful and unforgettable music by Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, this touching love story tells the bittersweet story of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.Edward Scissorhands is a parable for our times about the ultimate outsider whose journey builds to an unforgettable finale filled with theatrical magic.
★★★★★ 'VISUALLY ARRESTING, WILDLY AMBITIOUS AND CEASELESSLY INVENTIVE. A MOUNTAIN OF EYE CANDY!' Metro
After global success with his inspired interpretations ofSwan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker!, The Car Man and Play Without Words, Matthew has once again teamed up with New Adventures Associate Artists forEdward Scissorhands, which features designs by Olivier Award-winners Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Howard Harrison (lighting) with sound design by Paul Groothuis.
The original film directed by Tim Burton with music by Danny Elfman has become a modern classic and confirmed Burton as one of the most imaginative film-makers of our time. Burton and Elfman have worked together on numerous films including Beetle Juice, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland. Danny Elfman is one of Hollywood's most unique and best-loved composers. Recognised worldwide for his music for The Simpson's, he also wrote the theme music to the TV hit Desperate Housewives, as well as his recent acclaimed work on the Oscar winning movie Silver Linings Playbook and this year's ten times Oscar nominated American Hustle.
'I TEETERED ON THE VERGE OF TEARS THROUGHOUT' Johnny Depp
Cirque Éloize - Cirkopolis | Wed 11 - Sat 14 Mar 2015
Cirkopolis is a show combining the worlds of circus, dance and theatre. Set in the heart of a stern and imposing factory-city, giant gears and dark portals symbolize a mechanism that crushes individuality. Twelve acrobats and performers rebel against the monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city.
In a world where fantasy provokes reality, the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of colour.
With an inventive stage design and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, Cirkopolis will transport you between dream and reality in a stream of acrobatics, music and images.
"There are much bigger shows than "Cirkopolis", 90 minutes of circus-theatre by the Cirque Éloize troupe of Montreal. But I’d bet there aren't more beautiful ones."New York Times
To Kill a Mockingbird | Tue 17 - Sat 21 Mar 2015
Direct from London’s West End
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel
Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.
This utterly enchanting and enthralling production from London's award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre captures the warmth and poignancy of this best-loved classic with genuine heart and emotional depth. A story as moving and magical as you could ever hope to find.
Carlos Acosta - On Before | Tue 14 - Wed 15 Apr 2015
Carlos Acosta is the world's favourite dancer and this is his most personal work to date. On Before builds on Carlos' astonishing dance vision and features collaborations with major UK and international dance stars.
On Before is created and danced by Carlos Acosta and Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Zenaida Yanowksy.
The show combines existing and new choreography by some of the world’s leading dance makers, Russell Maliphant, Kim Brandstrup, Will Tuckett, Edwaard Liang, Yuri Yanowsky, Miguel Altunaga in a framework created by Carlos which tells the story of a doomed relationship between a man and a woman.
The show has a wide ranging score from Handel to new commissions from Cuban composer Omar Puente and culminates in a moving finale featuring the live choral work of Morte Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium
Jimmy Carr - Funny Business | Sun 19 Apr 2015
Jimmy’s been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’.
Which, let’s face facts, is not that impressive.
It’s like being the ‘Tallest Dwarf’ or the ‘Healthiest Glaswegian’. Really not that big a deal.
‘Funny Business’ is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show.
Top Hat | Tue 12 - Sat 23 May 2015
Direct from its tremendous success in London, winning three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costumes and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out, this spectacular West End production will be returning to Mayflower Theatre where it wowed audiences in 2011. Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including, Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz, Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat dazzles with over 200 beautiful costumes, breathtaking dance and a love story that will set the pulse racing!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Mon 22 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015
Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly-acclaimed National Theatre production embarks on its first ever nationwide tour.
Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world...
Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre.
Shrek The Musical | Wed 8 - Sun 26 Jul 2015
Direct from the West End and larger than life in 2015!
Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film,SHREK THE MUSICAL is a must-see show for all the family.
Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!
Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure.