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

    The Simon and Garfunkel Story

    The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    30 Jun 2021

    Direct from London’s West End and a sold out worldwide tour, The Simon & Garfunkel...

    The Rocky Horror Show

    The Rocky Horror Show returns to the UK in 2021

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    16 Jul 2021 - 24 Jul 2021

    Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll...

    Jimmy Carr Live – rescheduled

    Terribly Funny Tour

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    4 Jul 2021 - 18 Jul 2021

    Comedian Jimmy Carr knows that terrible things happen in life – but he believes the...

    Come What May: A Night At The Moulin Rouge

    Sweeney Entertainments and Sisco Productions present COME WHAT MAY The Ultimate Tribute to Moulin Rouge

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    14 Jun 2021

    Please contact the Reading Arts Box Office if you have any queries about your booking...

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks – The Magical Musical

    This magical new musical flies into a venue near you so book your tickets today! It’s time to start believing.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    11 Jan 2022 - 16 Jan 2022

    Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs And Broomsticks makes its world...

    The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe UK Tour 2021

    Direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nation’s favourite book in 2019

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    23 Nov 2021 - 27 Nov 2021

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to tour the UK in 2021 The London...

    Anton and Erin – Showtime – Rescheduled

    Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple on their brand new tour for 2021.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    27 Feb 2022

    Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple on their brand new tour for 2021. SHOWTIME is a...

    Lion King – Rescheduled Date

    Lose yourself in the story and relive the nostalgia of the classic film come to life in this live action stage adaptation and stunning immersive theatre experience.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    8 Sep 2022 - 15 Oct 2022

    The Lion King is Disney’s multi award-winning musical in London, set against the majesty of...

    Singin’ In The Rain

    This critically-acclaimed West End smash-hit is set to make a splash.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    14 Jun 2021 - 18 Jun 2021

    Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20s. Silent movie star Don...

    Chicago The Musical

    Multi-Award Winning UK Tour 2021

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    16 Nov 2021 - 20 Nov 2021

    “Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to...

    Waitress The Musical UK Tour

    Everyone deserves a slice of happiness

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    25 May 2021 - 29 May 2021

    Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life....

    Grease The Musical

    The worlds best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever!

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    9 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021

    After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when...

    Steve Steinman’s Anything For Love: The Meat Loaf Story – rescheduled

    2,000 performances and over a million tickets sold worldwide!

    Southampton Mayflower

    29 Nov 2021

    Steve Steinman, now in his 28th year of performing Meat Loaf’s incredible back catalogue, brings...

    School of Rock

    Don’t miss out! Book your tickets today to see the hit musical that everyone’s raving about.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    2 Aug 2021 - 7 Aug 2021

    Get ready to stick it to the man Wimbledon, because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End...

    Hairspray The Musical The UK Tour

    Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    26 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021

    Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger...

    The Commitments

    A guaranteed fabulously-fun night out you will simply never forget.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    27 Mar 2023 - 1 Apr 2023

    The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Returning to tour the UK...

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Rescheduled dates

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the award-winning world-wide film phenomenon, is heading out to tour the UK and Ireland!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    20 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023

    With direction from dancer, choreographer, theatre director and Britain’s favourite TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood,...

    The Mousetrap – Rescheduled Dates

    Suspect Everyone - The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    13 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020

    Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the...
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