Southampton's Mayflower confirms reopening dates and shows

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower StudiosMichael Ockwell, Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios
Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios
Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre will reopen from June 25, promising a “sensational” season of shows.

Spokesman Robin Hancox said: “The theatre opens subject to governmental advice with a bran- new dance show, Draw From Within from the critically acclaimed company Rambert, and the season features popular musicals including the Rocky Horror Show, SIX, Blood Brothers, Ghost and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

“Following Draw from Within, on June 27 Hair the Musical in Concert celebrates sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips, an infectiously energetic rock beat will fill the auditorium with songs like Aquarius, Good Morning, Starshine, Hair, I Got Life, and Let The Sun Shine.

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“A week of one-night shows features the best tribute artists on tour follows including The Bowie Experience, Believe – The Cher Songbook, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, A Beautiful Noise – a Tribute to Neil Diamond, Think Floyd and the Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour.

“The thrilling Roy Grace series from multi-million number-one best-selling author Peter James returns with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead, starring award-winning actor and EastEnders icon Adam Woodyatt from July 6-10.

“The UK tour of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show opens in Southampton from July 16-24 starring Strictly Come Dancing Winner Ore Oduba.

“The West End and Broadway hit musical Hairspray starring Brenda Edwards and Norman Pace bounces into the theatre from July 26-31 offering one of the most feel-good nights out you can have at a theatre.

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“From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power in SIX from August 10-15.

“Summer Youth Production for 2021 is the feel-good stage musical based upon the iconic Cliff Richard film, Summer Holiday from August 27-28 featuring over 150 talented local young performers.

“Dolly Parton's rip-roaring West End hit 9 to 5 The Musical rounds out the summer holidays from August 31-September 4.

“The hit shows keep coming in September and October with Willy Russell’s classic Blood Brothers, the 25th-anniversary production of Riverdance, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert parks its fabulous bus in Southampton, Alexandra Burke stars in My Best Friend’s Wedding and Mischief Theatre bring their joyously silly Magic Goes Wrong.”

Tickets for all shows are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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