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Wicked comes to the Mayflower Theatre

Emily Tierney will play Glinda in Wicked when it comes to the Mayflower Credit: Mayflower Threatre
Ashleigh Gray will play Elphaba in Wicked when it comes to the Mayflower Credit: Mayflower Theatre

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.

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Clock tower stops ticking for repair work

An iconic landmark in one of our major cities is currently clad in scaffolding. Its bells have fallen silent and the clock has been stopped.

The Civic Centre clock tower which looks down on Southampton is undergoing an expensive makeover - and Chris Maughan scaled new heights to check out how the project is progressing.


Man attacked with bottle in Southampton

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Southampton.

The incident happened at some time between 8.10pm and 8.20pm on Sunday, September 28. The 28-year-old victim had left Sainsbury’s Local Store, Hill Lane, when he was punched, kicked, and had a bottle of wine smashed on him.

The victim received cuts to his head and arm which required hospital treatment.

The offender is described as:

  • - White
  • - Aged in his mid 20s
  • - Short blond hair
  • - Stocky build
  • - Wearing a blue t-shirt and black shorts

“We believe this was an isolated incident and are appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward. Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see or hear what happened? If you have any information that could help the inquiry, please get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Simon Murray

Firefighters called to roof fire in Southampton

Fifteen firefighters were called to a property in Southampton this morning where the roof was alight.

Crews from Hightown, St Marys, and Botley fire stations along with one senior officer put out the blaze in Farringford Road. The roof was destroyed by the fire.

Two jets, two hosereels, positive pressure ventilation and an aeriel ladder platform were used for firefighting.

Illegal tobacco and alcohol seized in Southampton

Thousands of cigarettes seized Credit: HM Revenue and Customs

Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in raids across Southampton. Over 100 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) were involved in the operation, with support from Hampshire Police, Southampton City Council Trading Standards, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force officers. Two specialist Border Force tobacco dogs were also deployed. Investigators visited 19 retail premises across the city. They seized more than 8,000 cigarettes, 5.7 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 500 litres of alcohol. It is estimated around £8,500 of duty and VAT may have been evaded.

In one shop officers found a baggy overcoat with individual packets of cigarettes and tobacco hidden inside the lining, sleeves and pockets. At another store tobacco was concealed under papers in a newspaper stand.

John Cooper, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “The sale of illegal tobacco and alcohol will not be tolerated. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2 billion a year, and the sale of illicit alcohol which costs the UK around £1 billion per year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders. We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Woman robbed in Southampton by two men brandishing a metal pole

Police appeal for witnesses Credit: ITV news

Police are investigating a robbery on a woman in Southampton by two men who threatened her with a 2ft metal pole. The 19-year-old was walking alone on Portsmouth Road, Southampton at around 8.45pm on Wednesday September 17, when she passed two men with their faces covered at the junction of Wrights Hill.

The two men then threatened her and demanded money. She was able to run off, but they caught up with her and asked for her money again. She handed £30 in cash.

The first man is described as: White male, large build, 5ft 9” tall. The second man is described as: White, Smaller build, 5ft 7” tall. Both wore dark clothing and had their faces covered.

DC Daniel Farrell said; “This was a frightening robbery on a lone woman. I’d like to reassure that this is a rare type of incident and thankfully no-one was hurt. I’m appealing to anyone who was in the area at this time, or who may have been driving past, to remember if they saw anyone in the area holding a metal pole? Did you see two men with their faces covered? Or hear or see anything suspicious? Please contact police on 101, quoting 44140337383.”


Lord Nelson returns after two years at sea

The tall ship Lord Nelson has arrived back in the UK at the end of her 50,000 mile, two-year voyage around the world.

She sailed up the Thames and under Tower Bridge in London to a warm welcome from friends and relatives of the crew. More than a thousand people - able-bodied and disabled people - have taken part in the biggest challenge ever undertaken by the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Our reporter Richard Jones was aboard when she arrived.

Francis Benali describes his 1,000 miles of torture...

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds. He joined Fred and Sangeeta in the studio along with sports therapist Kelly Rutledge

Fred and Francis discuss the 1,000-mile challenge

Fred with Francis Benali after today's interview Credit: David Meikle

He's run the equivalent of two marathons a day for three weeks. In all, 1,000 miles. A test of endurance for any sportsman or woman!

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds.

Francis came in to meet Fred and the team after his 1, 000 mile run.

Southampton Airport celebrates bumper August

The airport handled more than 200,000 passengers in August Credit: Meridian

Southampton Airport has seen more than 200,000 passengers through its doors this August – the highest number in a single month since August 2007 and representing a 3% increase in passengers over 2013.

The route with the largest growth, year on year, was Guernsey with an increase of 53% more passengers.

The city break destinations experiencing growth include Manchester (43%), Belfast (22%), Dublin (32%) and Amsterdam (19%), compared with August 2013.

Expansion was also seen in the French regional flights to and from Clermont Ferrand, Brest, Rennes, Limoges, Nantes, Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Verona was also up on 2013 this August.

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