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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

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11:12am Wednesday 26th March 2014

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

REVIEW: La Traviata, Welsh National Opera, Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: LA TRAVIATA (Welsh National Opera) - Theatre Review

8:57am Thursday 20th March 2014

STORIES have their starts, middles, and ends, their ups and downs. As Verdi would have wanted, and as David McVicar intended with his reimagining, La Traviata had its fantastically accomplished highs and lows so densely intermingled, one would feel it almost impossible not to be lost in a vacuum of pure emotion.

REVIEW: The Canterbury Tales, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Canterbury Tales at the Playhouse

11:32am Wednesday 12th March 2014

GEOFFREY Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales in 1380; now, 634 years later, audiences are still chuckling at the racy bawdiness.

REVIEW: Brendan Cole - Licence to Thrill, Lighthouse Poole

Daily Echo: Fired up: Brendan Cole

12:42pm Monday 10th March 2014

PLAYING a two-month 48-date UK tour, Brendan Cole – BBC TV Strictly’s professional dancer – wowed a sold-out-for-weeks Poole Lighthouse.

REVIEW: Birdsong, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Ready to face fire.

9:54am Wednesday 5th March 2014

WITH this year marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, it is poignant that Rachel Wagstaff has re-mounted her stage adaptation of a best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Twelfth Night, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from Twelfth Night

9:50am Tuesday 4th March 2014

SHAKESPEARE knew a lot about madness.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Blackadder, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

11:08am Tuesday 18th February 2014

AN entire audience shared a cunning plan last night.

REVIEW: A Number, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: John and Lex Shrapnel star in A Number. Picture: www.richardbudd.co.uk

8:40am Thursday 13th February 2014

MANY of us have brothers or sisters. A few people are twins – occasionally identical twins. Even rarer are triplets. But what if you had a clone?

REVIEW: Mark Thomas, 100 Small Acts of Dissent, Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Daily Echo: Mark Thomas

9:05am Thursday 13th February 2014

IN THE wake of The Manfesto tour where he encouraged audiences around the country to come up with ideas to improve all our lives, MarkThomas the activist is back to his pesky best coming up with jolly japes that shine the light on questionable activity by those who should know better.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Happy Days, the Mayflower Theatre

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9:51am Wednesday 12th February 2014

GOODBYE grey skies, hello blue.

REVIEW: I Do, Holiday Inn, Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from I Do By Dante or Die

10:31am Monday 10th February 2014

A JITTERY bride and groom, a neurotic mother, an absent father, ageing relatives, family squabbles, drunken bridesmaids and a nervous best man – what would a wedding be without them?!

REVIEW: Gaslight, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Joseph Marcell in Gaslight at Salisbury Playhouse. Picture by Richard Davenport

10:40am Monday 10th February 2014

WHEN Gaslight was first produced in 1938, it was described by Theatre World magazine as: “a study in sustained terror”.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Perfect Murder, the Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: Claire Goose and Les Dennis in The Perfect Murder

9:43am Wednesday 5th February 2014

IT was less crime thriller, more comedy.

REVIEW: Fitting farewell for Dame Edna and Sir Les

Daily Echo: Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage

7:35am Wednesday 29th January 2014

AUSTRALIA’S self proclaimed “housewife gigastar” Dame Edna Everage sang her swansong last night as Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour arrived at Southampton’s Mayflower theatre.

REVIEW: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bournemouth Pavilion

Daily Echo: Helena in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

9:48am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THIS is a traditional version of the classic story of seven brothers and their – after much trouble and strife – seven wives.

The Snowman remains as enchanting as ever

Daily Echo: Photo by Herbie Knott

7:49am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Last Night's Review: The Snowman, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Robin Cousins' ICE, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: Robin Cousins' ICE, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

7:44am Friday 17th January 2014

THERE are no judges, just superb skating and plenty of sequins.

REVIEW: London Calling, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Glyn Kerslake and Stuart McLoughlin in London Calling. Picture by Richard Davenport.JPG

8:27am Monday 23rd December 2013

THIS is yet another superb show produced by Salisbury Playhouse.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Robinson Crusoe, The Mayflower

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9:21am Thursday 19th December 2013

THE Brian Conley Show is back.

The Witches, Chichester Youth festival Theatre, Minerva Theatre

Daily Echo: The Witches, Chichester Youth festival Theatre, Minerva Theatre

10:49am Wednesday 18th December 2013

There’s always the temptation at this time of the year, I fear, for adults in the audience for any Christmas show to have a tendency to side with the baddies.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Daily Echo: A scene from Jack and the Beanstalk

11:14am Wednesday 18th December 2013

AS panto villains go, you could not get a meaner or nastier one than the ultimate soap bad boy Nick Cotton.

REVIEW: Pinocchio, The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

Daily Echo: A scene from Pinocchio

9:49am Tuesday 17th December 2013

THE 130-year-old story of Pinocchio is retold on stage at The Berry Theatre until December 24.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4:19pm Friday 13th December 2013

Mirror, mirror on the wall ...

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty, Kings Theatre Southsea

Daily Echo: The cast of Sleeping Beauty

4:45pm Friday 13th December 2013

There is a plethora of different accents on stage in the Kings Theatre, Southsea pantomime this year.

REVIEW: Aladdin, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Daily Echo: Aladdin, Pavilion, Bournemouth

9:46am Thursday 12th December 2013

EDDIE Howe, chavs on Poole High Street, songs by Madness, Queen, Harry Ramsden’s, Ylvis and Daft Punk, numerous references to EastEnders and a slight dig at Southampton.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: The Nutcracker, Nuffield Theatre

Daily Echo: A scene from The Nutcracker. Picture by www.richardbudd.co.uk

11:18am Wednesday 11th December 2013

WHEN it comes to festive fun, the Germans have it all wrapped up.

REVIEW: Dick Whittington and His Cat, Salisbury Playhouse

Daily Echo: Tom Oakley and Ella Vale in a scene from Dick Whittington and His Cat

10:47am Tuesday 10th December 2013

IT’S perhaps a little ironic in these cash-strapped times to think of being able to go to London to seek your fortune, but then this year’s panto at Salisbury Playhouse is based in a golden era when life was lived in technicolour and it was perfectly possible to believe the city’s streets might be paved with gold.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Thriller Live, The Mayflower

Daily Echo: Thriller Live heading to the Mayflower

11:51am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

IT’S a thriller without a plot.

REVIEW: Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Turner Sims, Southampton

Daily Echo: The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

8:49am Thursday 28th November 2013

PRESENTING their latest tour The Way Of The Drum, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers thrilled the packed venue.

Russell Brand at O2 Guildhall Southampton

Daily Echo: Russell Brand

7:19am Wednesday 27th November 2013

IT’S not often a man can get up on stage and compare himself to Jesus and get away with it.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Scrooge, The Mayflower

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10:41am Wednesday 13th November 2013

WELL hark the herald angels sing and deck the halls with boughs of holly.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Ghost the Musical, The Mayflower

Daily Echo: Wendy Mae Brown as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost

10:04am Thursday 31st October 2013

IT has even more magic than the movie.

REVIEW: Le Corsaire, The Mayflower

Daily Echo: Le Corsaire is at The Mayflower until Saturday

9:12am Thursday 24th October 2013

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a gripping ballet about dashing pirate Conrad and his reciprocated love for beautiful harem girl Medora in a dynamic drama of enslaved damsels, affluent rulers, abduction, liberation, conspiracy, love and treachery.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Evita, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Daily Echo: LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Evita, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

12:25pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

THEY say the show must go on. And it certainly did.

Sweet Charity, Portsmouth Players, Kings Theatre, Southsea

12:17pm Friday 11th October 2013

A first class production with leading lights of theatre delivering a polished show.

1984, Headlong Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse

5:10pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

GEORGE Orwell’s dystopian nightmare is brought to the stage with breathtaking style in this electrifying new adaptation.

LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Slava's Snowshow, The Mayflower

Daily Echo: LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Slava's Snowshow, The Mayflower

11:04am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

IT’S a show-stopping blizzard that puts even the Wizard of Oz’s famous tornado to shame.

James and the Giant Peach, The Mayflower,

Daily Echo: James and the Giant Peach.

10:07am Monday 30th September 2013

WHAT better way to spend an autumnal afternoon than in the company of a giant spider, grasshopper, earthworm, centipede and ladybird – and an audience of excited children?

REVIEW: The Grand Gesture, Northern Broadsides, Theatre Royal Winchester

Daily Echo: A scene from The Grand Gesture

11:18am Thursday 26th September 2013

SUICIDE is undoubtedly a macabre subject for a comedy.

REVIEW: Sean Lock: Purple Van Man Mayflower Theatre

Daily Echo: REVIEW: Sean Lock: Purple Van Man Mayflower Theatre

9:03am Wednesday 25th September 2013

Sean Lock: Purple Van Man Mayflower Theatre ANYONE familiar with comedian Sean Lock from panel shows such as Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats might be surprised by how physical his stand up comedy is.

REVIEW: Neville's Island, Chichester Festival Theatre

Daily Echo: CFTnevilles2013JP_02295-Ed copy Adrian Edmondson as Gordon in Neville's Island. Photo by Johan Persson.jpg

5:04pm Monday 23rd September 2013

MUD, rain, blood and team building. It’s a familiar theme for anyone who has undergone the dubious delights of corporate away days, although perhaps not always the shedding of vital bodily fluids.



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