REVIEW: Wicked - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo:

7:38am Thursday 23rd October 2014

SPECTACULAR, sensational, spellbinding... It is easy to run away with the hyperbole and hocuspocus in theatre reviews, but with Wicked you can believe every fantastical thing!

Actress Joanna Lumley tells why she is looking forward to meeting the people of Hampshire

Daily Echo:

11:06am Saturday 18th October 2014

TV icon Joanna Lumley has told why she has joined the campaign to rescue part of an historic Hampshire cathedral.

X Factor winner and chart-topper to star in The Bodyguard in Southampton

Daily Echo:

9:11am Saturday 18th October 2014

X FACTOR winner Alexandra Burke is to star in hit musical The Bodyguard when it opens in Southampton, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

REVIEW: Coppélia English National Ballet, Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

ENGLISH National Ballet's Coppélia may be 30 years old but there is nothing dusty or dated about this traditional family-friendly production.

REVIEW: Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo:

11:35am Wednesday 15th October 2014

ROSE had me hooked from the first number.

New Forest play begins UK tour

Daily Echo:

4:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Acclaimed local theatre company Forest Forge has embarked on a UK tour with the world premiere of a new play – Kaite O’Reilly’s Woman of Flowers, an innovative retelling of an ancient Welsh story from The Mabinogion set in an ancient Forest.

REVIEW: Three Men in a Boat, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo:

3:14pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

ALOT of water has run under the bridge since the publication of Three Men in a Boat – 125-years worth to be precise.

A Penny for a Song - Bishopstoke Players

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

11:01am Tuesday 30th September 2014

IT IS 1804: England beware, invasion is imminent from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Unset Boulevard - Mark Ponsford

Daily Echo:

10:58am Tuesday 30th September 2014

TAKING only a slightly-sideways step out of his comfort-zone, but still totally at ease, local am-dram leading-light Mark Ponsford treated a sizeable audience to a hilarious one-man show.

REVIEW: The Sound of Music at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Daily Echo:

5:22pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THIS show needs no introduction, such has been its popularity since the 1965 film release, featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score, never failing to provoke a wide range of emotions.

Who is this TV star and what is HE doing in Southampton?

Daily Echo:

10:20am Thursday 25th September 2014

DID you guess correctly?

REVIEW: An evening with Boycott and Aggers at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Geoffrey Boycott

9:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FUNNY and revealing. Not words I would have ordinarily associated with cricket, but last night two of the game’s best-known commentators took to the Mayflower stage to give their take on the game.

Review - Rock of Ages, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo:

10:20am Wednesday 10th September 2014

IT was the era of heavy eye-liner, hairspray – stacks of it – and Spandex. And that was just the blokes.

Passengers on Anthem of the Seas to be entertained by Queen musical

Daily Echo:

1:17pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

ROYAL Caribbean International has announced that guests on board its new ship Anthem of the Seas will party to We Will Rock You – the smash hit musical featuring the greatest hits of legendary British rock group Queen – when the ship sails from Southampton in April 2015.

Carl aims to kick start youth theatre programme

Daily Echo:

3:49pm Friday 5th September 2014

Theatre Royal Winchester has appointed Carl Woodward as its new Youth Theatre Manager.

Hampshire theatre holding open auditions for pantomime

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

3:41pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A HAMPSHIRE theatre is holding auditions for new pantomime Aladdin.

Stage show breaks theatre records

Daily Echo: MANE EVENT: The Lion King

6:42pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WHEN Disney’s The Lion King completes its run at the Mayflower Theatre on Saturday it will have been seen by a record-breaking 140,000-plus people.

Stage production showing on big screen

Daily Echo:

6:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

A CLASSIC American play being staged in London will be screened to cinemas across the south on Tuesday, September 16.

Hotel treat for musical fans

Daily Echo: Patrick Swayze and co-star Jennifer Grey in the film Dirty Dancing

6:32pm Monday 1st September 2014

The latest event to be booked into the Holiday Inn Winchester’s season of entertainment is a tribute to the unforgettable Dirty Dancing movie on Friday, October 2.

Interview with musical leading man

Daily Echo: IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN: Ben Richards, enjoys taking centre stage as Stacee Jaxx in the latest touring version of musical Rock Of Ages

1:41pm Friday 29th August 2014

As Rock of Ages prepares to hit the Mayflower main stage, the Daily Echo catches up with leading man, Ben Richards, who reveals why this show is going to rock your world.

Theatre review - Hello Dolly

Daily Echo: STANDING TEST OF TIME: The Theatre Royal, Winchester.

1:45pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sometimes all a show needs to hold it together is a strong central lead.

Dance your way back to the 1980s

Daily Echo:

5:04pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FANS of a 1980s musical can see a production at a Hampshire theatre this week.

Theatre company's audition invitation to budding young actors

Daily Echo:

4:56pm Thursday 28th August 2014

BUDDING thespians are needed to audition for a forthcoming production of an American witch-hunting classic play.

Couples in spotlight in theatre farce

Daily Echo: EPS LEISURE: Ex-Archers actor headlines Playhouse in an evening with Graham Seed

4:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COMEDY featuring the lives of four couples in three bedrooms has a month-long run at a theatre in the south.

Theatre review - That'll Be The Day

Daily Echo:

3:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

This spectacular rock ‘n’ roll variety show has been successfully touring for 29 years – rewritten every year – and this is their 18th consecutive summer season in Bournemouth. What is their secret?

On-stage fun for families

Daily Echo: Horrible Histories is coming to the Mayflower Theatre later this month

3:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SLAPSTICK comedy, the magic of the circus and an inept private detective are just some of the family-friendly shows on offer at a theatre.

Recreating the spirit of the jazz age

Daily Echo: SC KIN LEISURE ROSE Get into the swing: Jazz era club recreated at Rose

3:18pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AUDIENCES can take a step back in time to the golden age of jazz with a show at Christchurch’s Regent Centre.

First-look pictures of musical

Daily Echo:

12:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

These are the exclusive first-look pictures of the cast of a massive West End and Broadway show making its way to Southampton in October.

Peek behind the curtain at open day

Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author

12:45pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FANS of the stage can find out what happens behind the curtain when a theatre throws open its doors on Sunday, September 7.

‘Daring’ actor wins fringe festival award

Daily Echo:

12:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A HAMPSHIRE performer has won a national theatre award after starring in an improvised show in Sweden during the summer.

Theatre review - Guys and Dolls

Daily Echo:

2:31pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Ian Murray reviews Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre

A Brit on Broadway

Daily Echo: Earl Carpenter

11:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SOUTHAMPTON-born West End star Earl Carpenter is making his Broadway debut playing Javert in Les Miserables. Here he has sent us the first of his reports from the Big Apple...

Wild West musical hits the target

Daily Echo:

9:51am Friday 22nd August 2014

SADDLE UP for a visit to the Wild West with this sharpshooting production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Demand for Michael McIntyre tickets for Winchester Theatre Royal show jams lines and website

Daily Echo: Michael McIntyre

11:00am Monday 11th August 2014

THOUSANDS of comedy fans have today been left disappointed and frustrated in trying to buy tickets for two Michael McIntyre gigs at Winchester Theatre Royal.

REVIEW: The Saints, Guildhall Square, Southampton

Daily Echo:

11:39am Wednesday 6th August 2014

AN innovative, ground-breaking and brave production, The Saints proved a winner last night.


Daily Echo: Win family tickets to see Stomp in the West End

8:29am Wednesday 6th August 2014

AFTER last year’s successful Stomp run at Bournemouth Pavilion with more than 6,000 people attending the shows, this phenomenal production returns this week.

Chilling thriller set to draw in audiences

Daily Echo:

11:20am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIENDISHLY clever crime fiction is set for Southampton next year.

Sister Act, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Daily Echo: Upstagers members are in the habit of performing musical Sister Act at the Alhambra

5:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BASED on the 1992 hit movie Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg, this terrific feel-good comedy musical tells the heartwarming story of Deloris, an aspiring disco diva.

Miss Julie/Black Comedy, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo:

3:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

DARKNESS and light could be the underlying themes in these two one-act plays being presented as part of the Peter Shaffer Celebration at this year’s Chichester Festival Theatre season.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamptworth Lodge, Salisbury

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

3:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SET within the magnificent grounds of Hamptworth Lodge, a collection of players earnestly poked and prodded Victorian social ideals with japes and jollities.

Amadeus - "wonderful debut" for new look Chichester Festival Theatre

Daily Echo:

10:56am Saturday 19th July 2014

What if God was a cruel prankster? What if he created a genius as our rival, someone so blessed with talent he took our breath away, but then gave him the temperament of a spoilt, crude child?

Rupert Everett the star of Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre

Daily Echo:

6:03pm Friday 18th July 2014

CHICHESTER’S Festival Theatre reopens tonight with a new production of Amadeus, featuring West End and Hollywood star Rupert Everett alongside acclaimed young actor Joshua McGuire.

Chichester Festival Theatre reopens after £22m refurbishment

Daily Echo:

7:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

As refurbishments go, it’s not immediately obvious where the money has gone.

CURTAIN CALL REVIEW: Silas Marner by Oasis Youth Theatre

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

5:39pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

OASIS Youth Theatre tackles an adaptation of George Eliot's novel Silas Marner.

Music Theatre South is bringing its production of I Love You Because to the stage

Daily Echo:

2:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

IT is one of Jane Austen’s most beloved tales – and it’s about to get the musical treatment.

Brightening up autumn at Haymarket theatre

Daily Echo: STEPHEN K Amos.

4:16pm Monday 30th June 2014

THE Haymarket in Basingstoke has announced its full autumn season which is jam-packed with drama, comedy and music.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Lee Evans - Work In Progress

Daily Echo: Lee Evans is performing at The Anvil on Tuesday

5:39pm Friday 27th June 2014

TICKETS sold out in a matter of minutes when a special Lee Evans show went on sale at the Mayflower Theatre.


Daily Echo: Mark Watson

5:34pm Friday 27th June 2014

NOVELIST, host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Mock The Week regular and winner of five major comedy awards, Mark Watson returns to the road with his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, it’s also his funniest. See Flaws at the Berry Theatre on Thursday.

How Cold My Toes at The Point this weekend

Daily Echo: How Cold My Toes

4:30pm Friday 27th June 2014

AWARD-winning theatre company Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic pack a whole year into one hour when they return to The Point tomorrow night.

Keep Dancing - Strictly's Vincent and Flavia return to the Mayflower

Daily Echo: Roaring into the 1940s... Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in a scene from their new show Dance ‘til Dawn

11:39am Friday 27th June 2014

FRESH from wowing audiences across the country with Olivier nominated Midnight Tango, TV’s Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back at Mayflower Theatre with a brand new production.


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