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

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

    Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    12 May 2020 - 16 May 2020

    The smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical comes to Mayflower Theatre. Funny, fabulous and...


    English National Ballet

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    23 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019

    The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale becomes a truly magical ballet brought to life with...

    Avenue Q

    Fantasies come true - the hilarious multi-award winning Avenue Q is back!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    27 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019

    Following a smash-hit run in 2016, the fur-lariously laugh-out-loud musical is back by popular demand....


    Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    1 Jul 2020 - 5 Jul 2020

    Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, SIX, ‘the most uplifting piece of...

    Saturday Night Fever

    Marking 40 years since its famous UK cinema release, Saturday Night Fever is spectacularly reimagined in a big new music and dance extravaganza.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    20 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019

    Marking 40 years since its famous UK cinema release, Saturday Night Fever is spectacularly reimagined...

    Rock Of Ages

    The smash hit musical Rock of Ages comes to Southampton for one week only!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    16 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019

    Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Winner Kevin Clifton will play the lead role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’....

    Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

    "Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small..."

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    12 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

    From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!...

    Les Miserables

    Storm the barricades for a ticket!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    29 Oct 2019 - 23 Nov 2019

    After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production...

    Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

    Imagine a time when love is forbidden…

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    24 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019

    Imagine a time when love is forbidden… Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and...

    Mamma Mia!

    Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    11 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

    Join us at MAMMA MIA! and enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most...


    The Musical Is Back on Tour!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    13 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020

    The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to Mayflower Theatre starring Joe McFadden as Tick/Mitzi!...

    What’s Love Got To Do With It?

    A Tribute to Tina Turner

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    12 Jan 2020

    What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the joyous new show celebrating the music...

    Tom Gates Live on Stage!

    Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    18 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019

    Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of Tom Gates...

    An Inspector Calls

    J B Priestley

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    17 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019

    J B Priestley’s Classic ThrillerAN INSPECTOR CALLS Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s...

    Club Tropicana The Musical

    The perfect feel-good 80s musical for all the family!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    22 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019

    From the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray. Our star cast is led...

    Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

    30th Anniversary Tour

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    8 Jan 2020 - 11 Jan 2020

    This sensational multi award-winning West End show triumphantly returns to Southampton on its landmark 30th...

    Rob Beckett – Wallop

    Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    13 Oct 2019

    Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been...
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