THE national tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical comes to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September.

The show received its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses and throughout 2015/2016 it toured the US. The London production ended its triumphant two and a half year run at the Aldwych in August. The Tokyo production opened this July and the Australian production opened in September.

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

Rising star Bronté Barbé plays the lead role of Carole King. A finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over The Rainbow in 2010, she has since appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK.Credits include Princess Fiona’ in the UK Tour of Shrek -The Musical. She most recently starred in “The Wild Party” at The Other Palace.

The show is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Tickets for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September 2017) are on sale from Fri 18 Nov 2016 at Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833