Shows Spectacular

Shows Spectacular

Phantom of the Opera is first up at The Mayflower this season

Keith Jack returns as Joseph

The Imperial Ice Stars perform Sleeping Beauty on Ice

First published in Stage News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

THE Mayflower kicks off 2013 with Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera from January 23 to February 16.

Starring the city’s own Earl Carpenter as The Phantom, Katie Hall joins him in the role of Christine.

Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence.

Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

English National Ballet will once again perform MacMillan’s classic production The Sleeping Beauty from February 26 to March 2. The sumptuous show sees Princess Aurora fall into a deep sleep from which she is awakened after 100 years by the kiss of a prince. Combining grand sets and costumes, The Blues Brothers – The Smash Hit will be bringing the classic hits and capers of Jake and Elwood Blues to life live on stage from March 5 to 9.

Armed with new twists, new moves and freshly laundered suits, Jake and Elwood are on a mission to bring soul and blues into the heart of Southampton.

The Imperial Ice Stars also return with a new production of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice from March 12 to 16. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music, the show tells the timeless fairytale love story through mind-blowing high-speed leaps and throws.

Welsh National Opera’s spring season runs from March 19 to 23. Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is tragic Italian opera at its most affecting.

Lulu, Berg’s second and final opera, is a masterpiece.

A new show from the creators of Dreamboats and Petticoats comes to The Mayflower from March 25 to 30.

Save the Last Dance for Me will take audiences back through the ‘music and magic’ of the early 60s, a time when each passing week brought another Rock ’n’ Roll classic.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns starring Keith Jack once again for the Easter holidays from April 2 to 6.

This colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out with a score that includes Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

And finally, one of the biggest feel-good shows, Hairspray returns from April 9 to 20 starring Mark Benton, Lucy Benjamin and Marcus Collins. It’s 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – dancing.

H Tickets for all shows are on sale from the Mayflower box office.

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