Most large scale musical productions spend months in rehearsals before finally taking to the stage.
But more than 180 young people from Hampshire and beyond will be performing on the biggest and most prestigious stage in the South this weekend having put together their show from scratch in less than a fortnight.
Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance includes sword fights and a giant pirate ship. The cast for the Mayflower Theatre's Summer Youth Project were selected through open auditions. They work with professional directors, choreographers and musicians but are all talented amateurs aged 18 and under.
A young Hampshire actress has been awarded a £9,000 bursary from the biggest theatre on the south coast.Read the full story ›
Comedian Joe Pasquale will star alongside Blue star Duncan James, who's been cast as Aladdin, at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre.Read the full story ›
Gok Wan and Brian Conley are starring in Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.Read the full story ›
Wicked, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Emily Tierney (Glinda), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will star in the record-breaking production when it comes to the Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 21 October until Saturday 15 November 2014.
The spectacular production of “this thrillingly entertaining show” has broken countless Box Office records and already received multiple five star reviews across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The award-winning London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now the 10th longest running show in the West End. Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by 42 million people in 13 countries, and won 100 international awards.
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.
Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire.
Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk
Video. It's proving so popular they're selling tickets to watch performances standing up. The acclaimed show Warhorse has just arrived at one of the South's leading theatres.
Already a sell out, the Mayflower in Southampton is now offering extra tickets to those willing to pay for standing room only. Warhorse is based on the story of a boy and his beloved horse during the First World War.
Christine Alsford spoke to cast from the show, including Lee Armstrong who plays Albert.
The theatre production of Disney's The Lion King is coming to The Mayflower theatre in Southampton.
The award-winning production will play at the Mayflower from Friday 11th July 2014 and will run for 9 weeks.
The show is the biggest production to ever tour the UK, with 23 trucks transporting hundreds of masks, puppets and more than 700 costumes.
The cast is made up of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, supported by a backstage team of more than 100 people.
Fred Dinenage has gone backstage at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre where 'Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates' is on.
The panto stars Brian Conley and Leslie Joseph. Leslie will be starring on ITV screens in January in the return of 'Birds of a Feather'.
Jason Donovan is to appearas a celebrity judge at the charity fundraising gala, Ghost is Dancing which takes place at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre.
For the last 5 months, 12 technicians from the Ghost The Musical touring company have been taught to dance by 12 professional dancers from the cast, all in aid of the BBC's Children in Need Appeal, so far raising over £16,000.
On Sunday 3rd November they will demonstrate their skills in front of our panel of judges as part of a grand charity fundraising Gala.
The night will also include a one off voiceover special from Peter Dickson, the voice behind The X Factor.
Scrooge is coming to the Mayflower this November.
Legendary Tommy Steele will return as Ebeneezer Scrooge in the spectacular production.
The musical, which was at the London Palladium last Christmas, is based on 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
The UK tour comes to the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 12th-16th November 2013.