REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell: The Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell: The Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Having never seen it before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Bat Out of Hell: The Musical when it opened at Mayflower Theatre last night (28 June). Yes, I knew some of the songs – who hasn’t heard of Meat Loaf? And, when it burst onto the stage with all the
Review: Singin’ in the Rain, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Singin’ in the Rain, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, WHAT A GLORIOUS FEELING! In a 2012 poll of film critics, Singin’ in the Rain was voted as the best film of the 20th century. This 5* feel good production at the Mayflower is probably the best show you will see there this or any year. Splash out
Review: Waitress at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Waitress at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Waitress isn’t quite The Great British Bake Off but it is a recipe for success! It was the first Broadway musical with an all female creative team. Music and lyrics are by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who manages to write hook laden songs about waiting for a pregnancy test, not wanting a baby, abusive husbands
Review: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Cluedo at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. Was it Miss Scarlet, with the revolver in the dining room, or was it Professor Plum, with the lead pipe in the library? Based on the classic detective board game and the hit 1985 film Clue, the brand new stage play of Cluedo is at the Mayflower, Southampton, this week. This UK
Review: WNO Don Giovanni, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: WNO Don Giovanni, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. The charismatic Don Giovanni, opera’s ultimate seducer, is back pursuing women on his way around Europe. He takes what he wants, living for lust and without any conscience. When he refuses to show remorse, his past catches up with him and leads to his ultimate fiery demise. Based on the Spanish legend
Review: Footloose, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Footloose, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

By Catherine Collins. Growing up in the 80s means we were spoilt with some classic films, and Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, was no exception – so I had high expectations for the stage musical that opened at the Mayflower Theatre last night (May 3). City boy Ren – played by Joshua Hawkins, who captures the
Review: The Da Vinci Code, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: The Da Vinci Code, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. You’ve read the book, watched the film, now see the play! The world premiere stage adaptation of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code is at the Mayflower Theatre until the 30th April. With over 100 million copies of the book sold, this is the story that has captivated many worldwide. An elderly
Review: Beautiful! – The Carole King Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Beautiful! – The Carole King Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. Hail to King! Beautiful – the Carole King Musical, is an absolute must-see. It won Tony awards in New York in 2014 and Olivier awards in London in 2015. It also  wins this reviewers award for the most outstanding musical of its time and for providing pure theatre joy. It received a deserved standing
Photos: Southampton plays for Ukraine

Photos: Southampton plays for Ukraine

by Mike Daish.  On Sunday the 3rd April,  I attended the final event  of Southampton plays for Ukraine, organised by Music in the City’s Martin Perry,  at the 1865 in Brunswick Square. What an absolutely brilliant way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. I think everyone there enjoyed the music from the
Review: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. Matthew Bourne’s fabulous Nutcracker! returns to the Mayflower Theatre for the first time in nine years and it is not to be missed. It is Bourne at his best: clever, charming, colourful, sexy, full of energy and so much fun! Only Bourne could grab a revered classic by the scruff of the
Review: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Review: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. As the lights rise in the intimate setting of MAST Mayflower Studios, a dimly lit two-up-two-down house down an alleyway is revealed and the bittersweet comedy that is The Rise and Fall of Little Voice begins. Little Voice and Mari Hoff – are the mother and daughter central to the heart of
Review: Sheila’s Island, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Review: Sheila’s Island, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. Want cheering up? Then this comedy drama is for you and had the audience laughing throughout. Think Lord of the Flies meets Dinnerladies meets Miranda and The Office. Described as “a comedy in thick fog”, Sheila’s Island is a reimagining of Tim Firth’s 1992  play Neville’s Island, adapted for an all-female cast.
Review: Blood Red Shoes album launch at Vinilo Record Store

Review: Blood Red Shoes album launch at Vinilo Record Store

by Anita Foxall. Brighton duo, Blood Red Shoes, started this year with the heartbreak of seeing their European tour being cancelled, for the obvious reasons. Musicians are not unfamiliar  with cancelled tours and gigs, with album launches being postponed hoping for more social, better times to do so. Blood Red Shoes decided that, finally having a
REVIEW: Cinderella at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Cinderella at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Panto is back with a bang at Mayflower Theatre – complete with a flying coach and horses, tap dancing pumpkins, and childhood legends Sooty and Sweep – in a production that entertains the whole family from beginning to end. It’s been a long couple of years and theatre has struggled to survive,
Review: Night of the Living Dead – SUP Theatre Company, Hangar Farm Arts Centre

Review: Night of the Living Dead – SUP Theatre Company, Hangar Farm Arts Centre

by Oli Jacobs. The line between comedy and horror is a fine one. The same scenarios that can cause screams can also cause laughter, and panicked actions can also become absurd slapstick. Therefore, it is not surprising that the SUP Theatre Company production of Night of the Living Dead takes the Airplane! approach of utilising
REVIEW: Chicago at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Chicago at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Chicago certainly dazzled the audience when it opened at the Mayflower Theatre on Monday (15 November) in a show-stopping production that delivered glamour, glitch and the best vocal performances I think I’ve ever seen on a theatre stage.  Set amidst the prohibition era of the 1920s, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a
Preview: Great women at MAST this month

Preview: Great women at MAST this month

The MAST Studio Theatre is premiering a new musical this month. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is based on the popular and wonderfully illustrated award-winning book by Kate Pankhurst, and is kicking off in Southampton before heading out on a national tour. In it, the heroine Jade breaks away from a school trip
REVIEW: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

REVIEW: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The Priscilla, Queen of the Desert cast burst onto the stage of the Mayflower Theatre in a show filled with sparkle, sequins and sass, and a soundtrack that kept the audience clapping along for its entirety.  Based on the 1994 Oscar-winning movie of the same name, the show follows the journey of
Album review: Live at Hewood Farm by Chateau Bateau Band

Album review: Live at Hewood Farm by Chateau Bateau Band

reviewed by Charlie Hislop. At a time when the world seems to be just a series of angry and sad emojis, it great to get the chance to get the big heart emoji out and splash it around. But that’s what I’m doing to the new album by Southampton’s Chateau Bateau Band.  With a name
Last night’s review: Million Dollar Quartet, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Last night’s review: Million Dollar Quartet, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Martin Brisland. There is a ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On’ at the Mayflower Theatre this week, with the most famous recording session in history! In these troubled times, the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is pure entertainment – a joyous celebration of the birth of Rock and Roll. I was reminiscing before visiting the Mayflower Theatre
Last night’s review: Mamma Mia! The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Last night’s review: Mamma Mia! The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Laura Downton. Dig out your sparkly boots and brush off those dance moves – Mamma Mia! is back in town. The hit musical is back at Mayflower Theatre I went along with my own mamma (Ann, not Mia) to check it out. For those who have escaped the global phenomenon since its stage imagining and
Last night’s review: Band of Gold, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Last night’s review: Band of Gold, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Lewis MacLean. Slick set changes and intriguing stage designs are beneficial to, but not distracting from, what is essentially a good old fashioned 90% character actor-driven production. A lot can be said for the successful use of minimalism in both stage design and sound, with thick wafts of Blues notes and Jazzy saxophone framing
Last night’s review: Swan Lake, Mayflower Theatre

Last night’s review: Swan Lake, Mayflower Theatre

reviewed by Chris Richards. Birmingham Royal Ballet dance while Royal Ballet Sinfonia play – a winning formula which produces engaging and dramatic characterisation. The exquisitely executed artistic performances tell a heart felt, tragic love story. Tchaikovsky’s musical score and Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s production are inseparable in their brilliance. It is clear everyone
Last night’s review: Buddy at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Last night’s review: Buddy at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Laura Downton. Rock and pop stars can spend a lifetime trying to make an impression on the American and British charts but Buddy Holly achieved all that and more before tragically losing his life aged just 22. Now, just over 60 years on, the music legend is still making an impact all over the world,
Review: Peter Pan, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Review: Peter Pan, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Laura Downton. When it comes to Christmas I’m a big kid, and one of my favourite festive traditions is pantomime. It’s easy to think that pantos are just for kids but as far as I’m concerned, not having the excuse of little ones to take with you shouldn’t put you off going and getting into
Entertainment Review: Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Winchester

Entertainment Review: Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Winchester

by Chris Richards. Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal Winchester is the very best example of a modern, festive, family pantomime. It’s difficult to put into words what exactly made this performance so right and joyful. It was not too political, not too cynical and there was absolutely no mention of Brexit. There were no
Review: Nativity The Musical, Mayflower, Southampton

Review: Nativity The Musical, Mayflower, Southampton

by Catherine Collins Nativity! The Musical opened at Mayflower Theatre and the audience were spellbound, from start to finish.  Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! The only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that
Review: Echo & the Bunnymen, Engine Rooms, Southampton

Review: Echo & the Bunnymen, Engine Rooms, Southampton

review by Dan O’Farrell. Echo & The Bunnymen sometimes feel a bit like the great lost 80’s band. Where the ’80s night’ revivals seem to boost the post-fame careers of pop acts like Rick Astley, Level 42 and Go West!, and the serious indie-rock fans save a special place in their hearts for The Cure
Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

Review: The Blues Band, Theatre Royal Winchester

by Dan O’Farrell. When I was 13 years old, I had five records in my bedroom: albums by The Stray Cats and Gene Vincent bought with pocket money (and a shameful Showaddywaddy purchase, hidden at the back) and two pinched from my dad: ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ and ‘The Five Faces of Manfred Mann’ (I
Review: Some Like It Hip Hop, Mayflower Theatre

Review: Some Like It Hip Hop, Mayflower Theatre

reviewed by Chris Richards. Some Like It Hip Hop, some like it not. And despite everything I thought I knew about Hip Hop, I liked it a lot. Incredible dancers, sensational singers and an extremely cool narrator come together to describe the story with a sequence of cascading emotions. I laughed, I cried, I gasped,

Review: Motown the Musical, Mayflower Theatre

by Catherine Collins. Motown the Musical opened at Mayflower Theatre with a performance in which the audience may not have been Dancing in the Street, but were certainly dancing on their feet by the end of it. The show follows Tamla Motown founder, Berry Gordy, as it uncovers the true story of the legendary record
In Common Launch Party at The Art House

In Common Launch Party at The Art House

The Art House in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter was packed on Saturday night as people came together to celebrate the launch of the city’s new community news and features website In Common. In Common aims to help bring people in the city closer together and to celebrate and promote what’s good about the city, including the