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In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Touring by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

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.

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NEWS: Tour dates for Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon, including Southampton

In London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

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PHOTOS: Jason Manford & cast rehearse for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

In Musicals, News, Photos, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

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In Musicals, Opinion, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.


In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

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…

SHREK – Touring

In Children's theatre, Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

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.


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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!