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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Theatre review - Guys and Dolls

Daily Echo:

2:31pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Ian Murray reviews Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre

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.

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.

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?

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.

Last night's review: Angelina Ballerina The Mousical, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Last night's review: Angelina Ballerina The Mousical, the Mayflower Theatre

7:40am Sunday 22nd June 2014

IT'S a cheesy, schmaltzy, sparkly, fluffy feast of a show - and the young audience loved every minute.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Thriller Live, Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Thriler Live, photo by Irina Chira

10:04am Friday 20th June 2014

GIMME shamore!

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Dirty Dancing at The Mayflower

Daily Echo: Gareth Bailey as Johnny and Roseanna Frascona as Baby in Dirty Dancing

7:33am Friday 13th June 2014

Check out the Daily Echo's review of Dirty Dancing at The Mayflower

REVIEW: Catch-22, Nuffield, Southampton

Daily Echo: A scene from Catch-22

5:29pm Friday 6th June 2014

IT’S the Second World War, and US Army Air Forces squad Aron is based in the Mediterranean, from where its men fly dangerous bombing missions in an attempt to turn the tide of the conflict.

Pressure, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo: David Haig (Dr James Stagg) in Pressure. Photo by Drew Farrell

2:43pm Friday 6th June 2014

Who would have thought the British weather could be so interesting?

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: One Man, Two Guvnors, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Emma Barton, Shaun Williamson and Derek Elroy star in One Man, Two Guvnors

9:42am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

CARRY On meets Fawlty Towers in a brilliantly ridiculous piece of theatre.

REVIEW: Peter Grimes, Grange Park Opera, near Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from Peter Grimes. Picture by Robert Workman

9:57am Monday 2nd June 2014

BENJAMIN Britten was persuaded to tone down his first interpretation of the Suffolk fisherman Peter Grimes.

TODAY'S REVIEW: Three Little Pigs, Northern Ballet, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Nursery rhyme Three Little Pigs brought to life by the Northern Ballet. Inset, Taming Of The Shrew

3:02pm Friday 30th May 2014

THIS captivating family frolic proved the perfect half term treat.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Northern Ballet, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Ballet for all ages

9:16am Thursday 29th May 2014

I HAVE seen most of the classical ballets over the years, so it was refreshing to see one completely new to me.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Scooby Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Scooby-Doo & The Mystery of the Pyramid at The Mayflower, Southampton, May 22-25.

9:36am Friday 23rd May 2014

THE thrills and spills of a mystery in ancient Egypt are brought to the stage at the Mayflower theatre this week...and there is only one gang to solve it.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Let It Be, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Beatlemania is back with Let It Be. Picture by Paul Coltas

11:31am Tuesday 13th May 2014

IT’S about as good as it gets for fans of the Fab Four.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Bruce Forsyth Entertains, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: From Edmonton to Strictly: Bruce Forsyth

1:52pm Monday 12th May 2014

IT’S not often you get the chance to see a living legend in action but Southampton did last night at the Mayflower Theatre.

REVIEW: Tonight at 8.30, Nuffield

Daily Echo: A scene from Tonight at 8.30

1:56pm Monday 12th May 2014

TONIGHT AT 8:30 is a collection of nine one-act plays written by the incomparable Noël Coward, split into three trios in a collaborative production by Nuffield and English Touring Theatre.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: 20th Century Boy, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: A scene from 20th Century Boy

10:06am Wednesday 7th May 2014

‘WILL anybody ever care?’ That was the question being posed in one of the final songs of last night’s 20th Century Boy musical at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: HMS Pinafore, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from HMS Pinafore

9:49am Wednesday 7th May 2014

THERE have been many adaptations of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas, HMS Pinafore, with songs such as A British Tar and He Is An Englishman having a special place in the heart of many fans of the Victorian duo.

REVIEW: Dreamboats and Petticoats, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Matthew Colthart as Norman and Louise Olley as Sue

9:58am Wednesday 7th May 2014

IT’S 1961 and – unlike the stereotypical ’60s images of mini-skirts, Mini cars and hippies – young men are considered “dreamboats” and girls wear dresses with voluminous, swirling “petticoats”.

REVIEW: Stevie at The Minerva, Chichester

Daily Echo: Zoe Wanamaker plays the title role in Stevie. Picture by Manuel Harlon

11:23am Tuesday 6th May 2014

STEVIE is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace to receive a medal. It has been raining, she is wet, and is no longer sure about the hat she is wearing, bought for five shillings at a jumble sale.

REVIEW: Let's Hang On, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

11:19am Tuesday 6th May 2014

ON Frankie Valli’s 80th birthday, his sparkling career with the Four Seasons was faithfully recreated by this wonderful show.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Stevie at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Daily Echo: Zoe Wanamaker as Stevie Smith at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester

9:20am Saturday 3rd May 2014

Ian Murray sees Zoe Wanamaker give a near flawless performance in Stevie at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Birdsong, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: What's On module top link image

10:49am Tuesday 29th April 2014

IT’S the most poignant of plays.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: West Side Story, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: WEST SIDE STORY - Theatre Review

9:56am Thursday 24th April 2014

IF it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Horrible Histories Barmy Britain, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain arrives at Southampton's Mayflower for Easter

9:35am Thursday 17th April 2014

IT’S nothing like what you learned in school.

REVIEW: Titanic tragedy brought to life

Daily Echo: Performers and guests, including relatives of Titanic survivors, at the SeaCity Museum last night.

11:10am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NEW play being performed in Southampton this week aims to strip away the legends around the doomed liner and tell the story in the words of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic or had a part to play in events.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Companie Kafig's Boxe Boxe, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Boxe Boxe. Pic by Hugo Glendinning

9:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

BOXING and ballet are not at first glance the most obvious of stage chums.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Derren Brown - Infamous, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Derren Brown is on tour

10:48am Tuesday 8th April 2014

MASTER of all things magical, mind reader or even miracle worker?

REVIEW: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Review: Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse.

9:37am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THIS is the world premiere of a sparkling new comedy drama written by Dorset playwright Chris Chibnall, writer of hit TV show Broadchurch.

Review: They Did Their Bit at the Winchester Discovery Centre

Daily Echo: Review: They Did Their Bit at the Winchester Discovery Centre

10:22am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE city of Winchester was entertained and educated through the incredible story of soldier transit camps on Morn Hill during the First World War.

REVIEW: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower

Daily Echo: REVIEW: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower

9:16am Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT has been more than 55 years since the day the music died and over a quarter of a century since this unique memorial to Buddy Holly began.

REVIEW: Spring Awakening, the Nuffield

Daily Echo: A scene from Spring Awakening

10:08am Thursday 27th March 2014

FRANK Wedekind’s controversial play, first performed in 1906, focused on adolescent sexuality, rape and suicide.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: What's On module top link image

11:12am Wednesday 26th March 2014

MATTHEW Bourne’s allmale approach to this classic ballet is utterly spine-tingling.


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