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

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

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

    Southampton Mayflower

    19 Dec 2020

    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...

    Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker

    Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures present the Nutcracker

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    30 Mar 2021 - 3 Apr 2021

    ‘Reworked, refreshed and remarkably vibrant’ The Times The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s treats returns...

    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

    11 Jan 2021 - 16 Jan 2021

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

    Sunny Afternoon: Musical based on the music of The Kinks

    Sunny Afternoon is back and touring the UK in 2020!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    27 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

    With “Triumphant. Show stopping, magic.” (Mail on Sunday), this “Kick-ass. Indisputably terrific” (The Times) musical...

    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!

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    17 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020

    Age Recommendation: 3+Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+ Get ready for...

    The Commitments

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

    Southampton Mayflower Theatre

    8 Feb 2021 - 13 Feb 2021

    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

    30 Jan 2022 - 5 Feb 2022

    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...

    SIX The Musical

    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...
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