MAST Mayflower Studios - Southampton’s ‘new’ theatre - is open, welcoming audiences safely back to the joy of live performance, including the premiere of a new musical from the producers of SIX - Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World.
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is a punchy new musical for families, based on the popular book by Kate Pankhurst and written by dramatist Chris Bush and Number 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper, whose songs have been performed by the likes of Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue. Celebrating the original Wonder Women of history, including Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie and Emmeline Pankhurst, it will premiere at MAST from 6 - 20 November prior to a national tour. The musical is a co-production with producer Kenny Wax, who is responsible for the world-wide phenomenon SIX.
As well as this new musical, over the next few months the city centre venue will offer something for everyone - including high quality drama, familiar family favourites, surprising new work and a very special Christmas.
Also coming up is Stephen Tompkinson in Willy Russell’s brilliant comedy Educating Rita, When Darkness Falls, a spine-chilling new ghost story set on Guernsey and based on true events (20 - 25 September), Coronation Street stars Wendi Peters and Bill Ward in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (12 - 16 October) and English Touring Theatre’s bold new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (26 - 30 October).
Throughout the season there are special one night events, including comedians Rhys James (25 July) and Simon Evans (27 August), An Evening With Sir Geoffrey Boycott (22 October), My Last Supper with Jay Rayner (26 September), the star of Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon Marisha Wallace (3 October) and Rush: A Joyous Jamaican Journey (21 October), telling the story of Reggae music and the Windrush generation.
The season also features the launch of Burnt Lemon Theatre with their electric new musical Tokyo Rose (16 - 18 September). The show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and opens at MAST prior to a London run at Southwark Playhouse and a national tour. Burnt Lemon are associate artists of MAST.
Looking forward to Christmas, MAST will be transformed into a magical Neverland for a brand new production of Peter Pan, An Awfully Big Musical Adventure (18 - 31 December) performed by a cast of talented local young people and featuring a mix of songs from musicals and recent chart hits. Alongside this will be an enchanting adventure for very young children and their grown-ups, Second Star to the Right (10 - 24 December).
For full details of what’s on and how to book tickets visit www.mayflowerstudios.org.uk or follow MAST Mayflower Studios on Twitter and Facebook.
(image above credit Claire Kelson)