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

    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

    Blood Brothers

    UK Tour 2023

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    27 Feb 2024 - 2 Mar 2024

    Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

    Death in Venice

    Welsh National Opera

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    20 Mar 2024

    Benjamin Britten’s magnificently atmospheric opera comes to life in this new production from WNO

    Cosi fan Tutti

    Welsh National Opera

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    21 Mar 2024 - 23 Mar 2024

    WNO Don Alfonso, is a mastermind with a game to play. Determined to prove that love isn’t all it seems, especially for our two young couples


    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

    The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Royal Ballet

    An enchanting experience for all the family.

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    8 Feb 2024 - 10 Feb 2024

    Cursed by a wicked fairy, a beautiful princess pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep that can only be broken by true love’s kiss.

    & 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...

    Hairspray The Musical UK Tour

    The Hairspray UK Tour returns in 2024 with Brenda Edwards making her directorial debut.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    7 Jan 2025 - 11 Jan 2025

    The musical phenomenon Hairspray returns!

    Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

    Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    13 Mar 2024 - 16 Mar 2024

    Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences world-wide since its premiere in 2005.

    Come From Away

    The award winning musical that welcomes the world

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    16 Apr 2024 - 20 Apr 2024

    7,000 Stranded Passengers. One Small Town. A Remarkable True Story.

    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    8 Apr 2024 - 13 Apr 2024

    Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon.

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    The most fantasmagorical musical of all time!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    30 Apr 2024 - 12 May 2024

    The most fantasmagorical musical of all time is flying into a venue near you in 2024!

    An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical

    UK Tour 2024

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    25 Jun 2024 - 29 Jun 2024

    An Officer and a Gentleman is an inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical and celebrates triumph over adversity

    Bonnie and Clyde

    The Nations most wanted musical.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    2 Apr 2024 - 6 Apr 2024

    Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in all America. They craved adventure - and each other. Their names were Bonnie and Clyde.

    Hamilton On Tour

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

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    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.

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    An album that inspired a revolution.

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    25 Mar 2024 - 30 Mar 2024

    Mesmerizing new production of the iconic global phenomenon, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

    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.

    Life of Pi

    Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel .

    Mayflower Theatre Southampton

    14 May 2024 - 18 May 2024

    After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

    Shrek The Musical

    The smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    20 Feb 2024 - 25 Feb 2024

    Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film, the Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is a fun filled and hilarious musical comedy with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrek-tackular’ score.
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