Review: Sister Act, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 2 May 2023

Review: Sister Act, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 2 May 2023

By Catherine Collins

Sister Act opened at Mayflower Theatre tonight, and this feel-good show was a joy to watch from start to finish.

Based on the iconic movie of the same name from 1992, starring Whoopi Goldberg, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of disco diva, Deloris, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder and enters protective custody disguised as a nun in a convent.

Sandra Marvin, who plays Deloris, turns in a fabulous performance, with her powerful voice captivating the entire audience.

Opposite her is Lesley Joseph, famed for Birds of a Feather, with a wealth of stage experience that shines in her amazing portrayal of Mother Superior – her voice and comedic timing are both impeccable!

Special mentions should also go to theatre veteran Clive Rowe, who brings likeable warmth to his character as police officer, Steady Eddie, and Lizzie Bea as trainee nun, Sister Mary Robert – her rendition of The Life I Never Had was heavenly, and she fully deserved the rapturous applause.


This show may be based on the film, but the soundtrack is made up of 14 original tracks by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken – who won Oscars for Disney classics’ Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

Sister Act is a high energy production and the cast, ensemble and orchestra were all outstanding, and the set, costumes, and choreography all added a little glitz and glamour.

One of my favourite things about the show is the diversity of the talent on the stage – it was a joy to witness.

This really is a musical sent from above.

Sister Act runs until Saturday (6 May), tickets are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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