The mix of Damon Runyon’s characters with Frank Loesser’s music has always been hugely popular and this vibrant production, directed by Gordon Greenberg brings it bang up to date with punchy scene changes and an effervescent energy that carries us from overture to bows!
I’m a bit of an Avenue Q fan, I think we can admit that. In fact, every time this production has appeared anywhere near home I’ve made a point to go see it, you can read my thoughts on this production in Winchester and Portsmouth to find out just how much I loved it the last time it toured the UK.
It’s been almost a quarter of a century (well, 23 and a half years) since Stephen Daldry’s revival of An Inspector Calls first opened in London and it was 18 years ago that I first saw it. I remember reading it in GCSE English and then (reluctantly) signing up for the school trip. I couldn’t relate to the play, it meant nothing to me.
I’ve seen many productions of Chicago, own the DVD of the infamous 2002 film and even pleaded “not guilty” in a production myself. So to say I was excited to see this tour hit my local theatre would be an understatement.
As the West End multi Olivier award-winning hit musical continues to excite audiences into its second year, Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the national tour of SUNNY AFTERNOON. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, SUNNY AFTERNOON will come to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 December 2016.
This review is not going to have any spoilers in it so it will be brief. However, what I can say is this is a modern take on a traditional magic show on a very grand scale. The scene is set as you take to your seat and find an envelope with “Top Secret” written upon it.
Pictures from the rehearsal room just released…. Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.
Cirque de Glace was my first theatre trip of 2016 and what a way to start the year! When I was a child my grandmother around this time of year took me to see “Dancing on Ice” which invariably was on every year at The Brighton Centre. So the thought of a circus show on ice brought back many fond memories of my childhood.
What a first year of blogging for me – but what shows came out on top? Read on and find out!
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again ……….? Well, actually, I did because I saw Rebecca the play at the Mayflower Southampton. Was it as great as I’d remembered it?
Based on the classic 1988 film and subsequent Tony award-winning Broadway production this is an all-singing, all-dancing delight of a show. It’s the story of a larger-than-life teenager who is fighting both sizeism prejudices and trying to bring colour integration into a wholesome 1960s early evening entertainment programme. This effervescent teen, Tracy Turnblad, falls in love and has a few scrapes along the way, which makes for a super fun entertaining show.
Romeo and Juliet is, of course, one of (probably the) most famous love stories ever told. It seems then a fitting subject for a ballet and I was excited to see how English National Ballet would handle it as they’ve yet to disappoint.
With Sweeney Todd being my favourite musicals, I had been looking forward to the Welsh National Opera’s staging for quite some time. There is something about the tragedy coupled with Sondheim’s rich and complex score, which lends itself to opera and I couldn’t wait to hear it.
I was hugely impressed by the Regent’s Park Theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird when it toured earlier this year, so I was eager to see how they’d approach another modern literary classic. William Golding’s story of children who turn feral when left to govern themselves is a very different beast from Harper Lee’s coming of age tale though…
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL – TOURING
The Mayflower Southampton until 19th September
By Caroline Hanks-Farmer
My regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of the West End show Jersey Boys. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it. So imagine my excitement on hearing the news that it’s arriving in my local theatre. Will the touring production have this “Big Girl” crying for joy or disappointment?
Take a blockbuster movie, add a bunch of songs and some sparkly costumes and stick it on a stage… A tried and tested recipe for success and one that seems to be a guarantee of success. It certainly didn’t hurt Shrek when that landed in the West End and tickets flew out of the box office. Now the show is heading out on tour around the UK and we made our way to the Mayflower to check it out.
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – until 6 June 2015
Okay, I’ll admit it, I went to the theatre to see an award-winning actor perform in a way you’d never expect of him… Not Bradley Cooper in the Elephant Man (though I did see that and I enjoyed his performance very much) but David Suchet stepping about as far away from the dapper Belgian detective with the distinctive moustache as we could reasonably expect!
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