TIMELESS music, immaculate dancing and a celebrity appearance – there wasn't much left to desire from Grease at the Mayflower.

I was lucky enough to land tickets to the touring show as it came to Southampton.

In front of what seemed like a sold-out audience, the cast exploded onto stage with energy, of which they maintained throughout the whole show.

We were treated to the classic songs made famous by the film, such as Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout and of course, Greased Lightning.


The full cast of Grease

The full cast of Grease

But it was nice to be serenaded by songs that only usually feature in the musical, like Those Magic Changes and the hilarious Mooning.

Having not seen the stage version before, I was delighted to follow a familiar, yet somewhat different storyline.

Despite the technical limitations that come with a live performance, I was immersed throughout.

The costumes, set, accents, characteristics and everything else were spot on – and the cast held the audience in the palms of their hands.

And of course, who got the biggest cheer when he entered the stage? Peter Andre, as he took on the role of radio star Vince Fontaine, and later the Teen Angel.


Peter Andre is to guest star in Grease at Mayflower Theatre

Peter Andre is to guest star in Grease at Mayflower Theatre

I must admit, he was very composed when a member of the audience took her chance to shout "I love you Pete" when all went silent.

For me, the standout star was Paul French who played Kenickie. This is not a slight on the rest of the team, as they were all excellent, but Paul particularly impressed me.

The show continues to tour. It is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Grease first came to the stage in 1971 and followed ten working-class teenagers as they navigated the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.

It spawned the 1978 classic movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John and the 1982 sequel Grease 2 starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer.