War Horse is biggest hit ever for Mayflower

War Horse is biggest hit ever for Mayflower

War Horse is biggest hit ever for Mayflower

First published in News

WAR Horse has become the most successful show in theatre history in Southampton, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The four-week run of the equine puppetry production attracted an audience of 66,259 to The Mayflower Theatre in February and March – the highest ever for any show excluding one-nighters.

That means 95 per cent full houses each night, compared to an average of under 60 per cent audience attendance for theatres nationally.

Chief executive Michael Ockwell told the Daily Echo: “We knew that War Horse would be a successful show to present here in Southampton, and were absolutely delighted with the results.

“The theatre as a whole thoroughly enjoyed the four-week run of the show. When every department from backstage, to front of house has a real buzz about a show, you know you are on to a winner.

“In addition to the piece on stage, our community and education team facilitated several major joint educational projects in the local area bringing the themes of the show to life on a local level.

“War Horse had a record-breaking run in terms of attendance, which is an amazing feat.”

War Horse was The Mayflower’s first collaboration with the National Theatre, which returns in June with One Man, Two Guvnors and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time next summer.

Theatre bosses will be hoping for similar levels of interest as for War Horse, which saw them take the unusual step of opening up standing room for every one of the 31 performances.

War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert and his adored horse Joey and takes audiences from the farms of rural Devon to the battlefields of France. It is based on Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved First World War novel of the same name.

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1:32pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Poppy22 says...

Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows.
Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows. Poppy22
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2:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Suntanned Snowman says...

Poppy22 wrote:
Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows.
I agree. I really wanted to see this show, but my wife had to miss it, as we couldn't both afford to go, even at the (Very slightly) reduced seniors price. It is just greed really. They knew they could fill the house, however much they charged.
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows.[/p][/quote]I agree. I really wanted to see this show, but my wife had to miss it, as we couldn't both afford to go, even at the (Very slightly) reduced seniors price. It is just greed really. They knew they could fill the house, however much they charged. Suntanned Snowman
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7:48am Fri 18 Apr 14

Mj-trucker says...

Record won't last, only until lion king I'm guessing
Record won't last, only until lion king I'm guessing Mj-trucker
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12:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Huffter says...

Suntanned Snowman wrote:
Poppy22 wrote:
Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows.
I agree. I really wanted to see this show, but my wife had to miss it, as we couldn't both afford to go, even at the (Very slightly) reduced seniors price. It is just greed really. They knew they could fill the house, however much they charged.
It's hardly the theatre's fault that some people are financially better off than others!
[quote][p][bold]Suntanned Snowman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: Great news and the Mayflower has some fanatastic shows. Just a shame that many of us in the average household can't afford the ticket prices to see these shows.[/p][/quote]I agree. I really wanted to see this show, but my wife had to miss it, as we couldn't both afford to go, even at the (Very slightly) reduced seniors price. It is just greed really. They knew they could fill the house, however much they charged.[/p][/quote]It's hardly the theatre's fault that some people are financially better off than others! Huffter
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