Preview: The Lion Inside, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: The Lion Inside, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

MAST Mayflower Studios are co-producing the production of The Lion Inside, and look forward to it entertaining young audiences in Southampton from Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June 2024.

Fed up of being ignored and forgotten by the other animals, Mouse wishes he could roar like Lion.

But, as he discovers, even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes – and even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion!

This is a heart-warming story about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. Based on the multi-million copy selling book by Rachel Bright and Jim Field published by Hachette Children’s Group, this brand-new adaptation for stage is scheduled to tour throughout the UK and Middle East through late summer 2024.

“Bringing much well-known and well-loved characters to life on stage is a big responsibility,” explains Sarah Punshon, writer and director. “Rachel’s words and Jim’s pictures are embedded in so many families’ hearts.

“My script needed to be true to the story we all know, but find its own theatricality. We’re having great fun in rehearsals finding ways to bring a whole savannah of animals to life, and I can’t stop singing Eamonn O’Dwyer’s fabulous songs.

“It’s a joy collaborating with this amazing creative team. I’m so looking forward to delighting audiences with our brand-new version, inspiring children across the country to find their own roar.”

A Rose Original Production with Nicoll Entertainment, Curve, MAST Mayflower Studios, and Unicorn Theatre.

Tickets for The Lion Inside (29 May – 1 June 2024) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

  • In Common is not for profit. We rely on donations from readers to keep the site running. Could you help to support us for as little as 25p a week? Please help us to carry on offering independent grass roots media. Visit: