Preview: Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

The world premiere production of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical has set sail and comes to Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February.

Based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations, Fisherman’s Friends, and the hit 2019 film about their life, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feel good voyage about friendship, community and music.

When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity.

Nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected their story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury. Featuring hit shanties made famous by the band including Keep Haulin’, Nelson’s Blood, and No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues.

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is directed by James Grieve, who promises audiences are in store for a feel-good, foot-stomping, sea shanty musical telling the astonishing story of the world’s least likely boy band.

“It’s so heart-warming to see a group of very normal, humble people achieve something extraordinary,” he says. “The real Fisherman’s Friends are ordinary blokes who work hard as fishermen, farmers, builders and shopkeepers.

“We all see ourselves in them.

“They never sought fame and fortune but it found them and their remarkable talent, and it’s wonderful when good people get justly rewarded. That’s what makes this story so uplifting.

“But more than a story about finding fame and fortune, it’s a story about friendship, loyalty, community and the unbreakable ties that bind us, and it is full of humour.”

Tickets for Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (14 – 18 February 2023) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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