Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    The Empire Theatre was established in 1928 by Moss Empires and changed its name in 1950 to the Gaumont when it was purchased by the Rank Organisation. In 1986 the theatre was bought by Southampton City Council, after a public enquiry, to prevent it from being turned into a bingo hall. The theatre was renamed Mayflower Theatre and reopened in February 1987 when The Mayflower Theatre Trust was established to manage the theatre.
    We are the biggest theatre on the south coast with just over 2,270 seats in our auditorium. Our aim is to bring a diverse range of shows to Southampton, and we present a mixture of spectacular touring productions, from musicals – many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy.
    We run as an independent theatre and operate as a charitable trust – we don’t receive direct funding from any external bodies, so all the money generated from tickets sales is invested back into the theatre, to support our community and education strategies and ensure the upkeep of our Grade II listed theatre

    Upcoming events at The Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Agatha Christie’s Classic

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    18 Feb 2025 - 22 Feb 2025

    Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements

    101 Dalmatians The Musical

    Dazzling new musical touring the UK & Ireland

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    22 Oct 2024 - 26 Oct 2024

    The smash hit musical 101 Dalmatians is the UK this summer, starring pop icon Faye Tozer as the greatest villain of them all, Cruella De Vil.

    Rambert Dance Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

    The Redemption of Thomas Shelby (second run)

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    20 May 2025 - 24 May 2025

    Written and adapted for the stage by Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby is a dance theatre show directed and choreographed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer. The production will feature the 20 permanent Rambert dance company on stage, and a live band playing specially commissioned music.

    War Horse

    The National Theatre’s acclaimed production returns in an all-new UK tour.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    8 Oct 2024 - 19 Oct 2024

    War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical experience which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

    Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    with special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    17 Nov 2024

    Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee


    The Musical on tour

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    7 Jan 2025 - 11 Jan 2025

    Hairspray the Musical is back on tour near you

    Some Guys Have All The Luck

    The Rod Stewart Story

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    12 Jul 2024

    Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story is back in theatres with its hotly anticipated new production.

    Unfortunate – The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch A Musical Parody

    Unfortunate is back – bigger, bolder and sexier than ever before.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    6 Jul 2024 - 7 Jul 2024

    Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. Fresh from complete sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe...

    David Essex

    2024 tour

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    31 Aug 2024

    David Essex has enjoyed a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success

    & Juliet

    The Most Famous Love Story of All Time. Remixed.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    5 Nov 2024 - 9 Nov 2024

    What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to...

    Hamilton On Tour

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    18 Mar 2025 - 25 Apr 2025

    Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi award-winning cultural phenomenon Hamilton is touring the UK for the very first time in 2023/2024.

    Wicked The Musical UK Tour

    Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory of two unlikely friends on their remarkable journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    23 May 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

    Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical sensation is flying around the UK on a 23/24 tour.

    Pretty Woman The Musical

    It’s time to head to Beverly Hills and experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    22 Jul 2024 - 27 Jul 2024

    Big night out. Big. HUGE. Pretty Woman: The Musical is finally embarking on a UK and Ireland tour.
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