2020 July to September

1st July – CANCELLED – SIX

On the stage – for five days – CANCELLED – SIX – a British musical with book, music, and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The musical is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII presented as a pop concert, as each of the wives take turns singing and telling their story to see who suffered the most due to Henry and should, therefore, become the group’s lead singer.

The musical was first presented by Cambridge University students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 with a subsequent staging back in Cambridge which attracted the attention of producers Kenny Wax and Global Musicals, and they gave the show its professional debut on 18 December 2017, performing on four Monday nights, adding up to six performances altogether at the Arts Theatre. It began its first UK tour at the Norwich Playhouse and played Southampton‘s NST City before returning to the Arts Theatre in the West End with an opening night on 30 August 2018. The production closed on 14 October prior to continuing its UK tour. The UK tour ended on 30 December 2018 in Glasgow. The musical re-opened for an initial 16-week run at the Arts Theatre on 17 January 2019. Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage with choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, set design by Emma Bailey, and musical supervision by Joe Beighton, the initial run has since been extended until January 2021. A second UK tour of Six opened on 24 October 2019 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and this is the production visiting the Mayflower.

The promotional video


Live – for one night only – CANCELLED – ANYTHING FOR LOVE, THE MEATLOAF STORY – Steve Steinman would have brought a brand-new production show with over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits, with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s Grammy Award winning song and No 1 hit the world over “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That). Amongst her many achievements Lorraine can also be credited for her amazing vocals on the hit No 1 album Bat Out Of Hell II – Back Into Hell. Lorraine is well known for her live performances where many superstars, including Bonnie Tyler, have joined her on stage. With an incredible stage set, ten-piece live band and combined with Steve’s well know sense of humour and stage presence, along with the amazing Lorraine Crosby the show can only be described as awesome. The show contains some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including – Anything For Love – Bat Out Of Hell – Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Dead Ringer For Love – Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

The promotional video


Live – one day only – Cancelled – A BEAUTIFUL NOISE – There is no doubt that the legend that is Neil Diamond is one of the greatest performers and best-selling artists of all time. Fisher Stevens and his full live band and brass ensemble pay homage to five decades of Diamond’s biggest hits with A Beautiful Noise, the internationally acclaimed production that celebrates the music of Neil Diamond. The show pays homage to Neil Diamond’s incredible career from his teenage dreams of song writing to the Brill Buildings in New York where he became a lone songwriter turning out hit after hit to achieving success as one of the world’s most famous singer/songwriters. Celebrating all the classic hits of one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters, this is a musical adventure unrivalled by any other re visiting over five decades of sparkling musical gems including, Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, I am …I Said, America, Holly Holy, Red Red Wine and I’m A Believer.

This show is all the more important now that Diamond no longer tours following a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. This isn’t just another tribute gig: Stevens does genuinely sound very much like Neil Diamond, and the costumes, movements, mannerisms and facial expressions are all there too.

The promotional video


On the stage – for three days – Cancelled – BEAST QUEST – is a best-selling series of children’s fantasy/adventure novels produced by Working Partners. The main series had achieved 122 books published by mid-2019, with 18 million copies of the books sold to date. There is also a 2015 mobile video game based on the book, and a 2018 version for Xbox One and PS4 (Maximum Games). A new mobile version is under production by Animoca. Now, a story has been brought to the stage; The Kingdom of Avantia is in peril. The magical beasts which used to protect the kingdom are now destroying it, with floods, fires and ice threatening to engulf the land. Only a hero can save Avantia and Tom has been chosen to battle the Beasts that have plunged the kingdom into danger. With his new friend Elenna, an epic struggle is about to begin as Tom sets out on the Beast Quest. The show is from the award-winning producers of Horrible Histories.

A trailer for one of the games


On the stage – for Two days – Cancelled – VOICES OF THE WEST END – is brought to you by record breaking West End and Broadway stars Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones, who have both played the title role in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera to great acclaim and appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables as arch enemies Jean Valjean and Javert. They have travelled the world performing together and now bring this exciting new show here! They will be joined by two of the very best female Voices of the West End: Katie Hall and Lucie Jones. Katie was recently seen here starring as Fantine in Les Misérables and has played Christine Daaé opposite both Earl and John in The Phantom of the Opera. Lucie who has most recently appeared in the leading role in Waitress has appeared in numerous shows following a breakout performance on The X Factor in 2009. This concert has it all – a superb orchestra playing the greatest songs from the greatest musicals …all sung by the finest voices of the West End.

Earl Carpenter and John-Owen Jones performing (with Jeremy Secomb)


Live – matinee only – Cancelled – WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – FAMILY CONCERT – want to inspire the next generation by giving children and families their first taste of opera. This Family Concert, complete with free and accessible family activities, is the perfect way to introduce all ages to opera and orchestral music.

A promotional clip


Live – one night only – CANCELLED – JIMMY CARR – TERRIBLY FUNNY – Jimmy Carr is a British comedian, writer and television presenter. He is known for his dark humour, distinctive laugh, and heckler interaction. Carr read social science and political science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated with a first in 1994. Carr went on to work in the marketing department at Shell, but took voluntary redundancy in January 2000, as he felt “miserable” there. He performed his first paid stand-up gig later that month, having only done his first unpaid pub show the previous month. This new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re Just Jokes — they are not the terrible things. Jokes are little lies. Nothing more than wonderful, funny, joyful tricks, constructed from language. Jimmy will be telling jokes to an adult paying audience who’ve got a good idea what’s in store. And there’s no point to the show, save for to make the audience laugh. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Naturally, the comedian has already managed to incite massive backlash over a joke about dwarfism — but it wouldn’t be a Jimmy Carr show without a little controversy, now would it? Somehow, between fanning the flames of political correctness, touring the UK and Ireland, and his television obligations, he has also managed to launch a fairly massive Netflix career.

Jimmy Carr being Terribly Funny


Live – one night only – CANCELLED _ BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY – This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest, The Four Seasons. ​Authentically recreated with support from a live band, The Eastcoast Boys fantastically capture the iconic sounds of New Jerseys finest….It showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features his solo hits like Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You. Almost like Jersey Boys – the concert.

A promo for the concert


Live – one night only – Cancelled – BOWIE EXPERIENCE – is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promised an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy. Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. Laurence Knight is Bowie with Lidia Cascarino Close on bass & vocals, Tim Wedlake on guitars, Paul Gill on percussion, Charlotte-Elizabeth Talbot with vocals & on percussion, Emily Westwood on saxophones & vocals, Darren Jones on guitar & vocals and James Stead with keyboards & vocals.

The theatrical trailer


On the stage – for three days – Cancelled – PEPPA PIG’S BEST DAY EVER – Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! The brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!

The promotioanl video


On the stage – for five days – CANCELLED – BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others. The original production of Beautiful received its world premiere at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, in October 2013, with direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, and starring Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein as Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It made its Broadway debut at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014. A West End production began in February 2015. This touring production which kicked off in January 2020 stars Daisy Wood-Davis as Carole King, alongside Adam Gillian as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin. Laura Baldwin plays Cynthia Weil, with Cameron Sharp as Barry Mann, Susie Fenwick as King’s mother Genie Klein and Oliver Boot as Donnie Kirshner. The cast is completed by Toyan Thomas-Browne, Reece Budin, Ronald Brian, Carly Cook, Julia Dray, Jordan Fox, Louise Francis, Chloe Gentles, Katrina May, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Samuel Nicholas, Leah St Luce, Mica Townsend and Damien Winchester.

The musical uses a 12-member orchestra consisting of three keyboards, two guitars, bass, drums, percussion, two reeds, trumpet/flugelhorn, and trombone/bass trombone. In addition the performer playing Carole King plays the piano.

A promotional trailer

15th August – CANCELLED – MAYFLOWER 400

Live – for two days – CANCELLED – MAYFLOWER 400 – The Mayflower Theatre had commissioned and created two new musicals and a dance production to commemerate the ship, Mayflower, leaving Southampton with The Pilgrim Fathers for the New World 400 years ago.

The musical HOURGLASS is a brand new musical extravaganza combining historical fact with fantastical fiction (think Jules Verne and Lewis Carroll), filled with mystery and humour, that celebrates the power of courage and hope. The musical has a company of professional performers and members of the community.

COMPASS, another new musical is a contemporary uplifting coming-of-age story, filled with trepidation, friendship and hope, following the journey of Liya, a young adult with a passion for travel. Performed by the Mayflower Theatre’s Summer Youth company of 102 young people, the same number that were passengers on the Mayflower.

The new dance production is DRIFT, incorporating awe inspiring aerial artists and dynamic contemporary movement in a timeless world, inspired by the Mayflower passenger journeywith a company of professional and community dancers.

An introduction to Mayflower 400

3rd September – THE LION KING

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