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Mayflower plans new rehearsal studio space

We have submitted plans for a new rehearsal studio to be added as part of our mission to create inspiring experiences.

The rehearsal studio project delivers a double-height rehearsal studio, two fully accessible dressing rooms and a combined reception and stage door. In addition, the project will deliver a high-performing building as part of our drive towards achieving Net Zero and will provide a suitable space for our Participation and Education programmes to thrive.

Artist impression of the new Mayflower rehearsal studio
Artist impression of the new Mayflower rehearsal studio
Artist impression of the new Mayflower rehearsal studio

We are celebrating the tenth year of our highly successful youth theatre projects welcoming over 210,000 young people from across the region to experience creative arts performance, making friends and growing in confidence as they take to our main stage.

Michael Ockwell said  “Mayflower Theatre’s ambition is to attract the best shows and performances which is matched by our drive towards delivering inspiring experiences for all. We recognise that our on-site provision for youth theatre falls short of our vision for creative spaces to develop and inspire young people. In addition, touring companies require dedicated rehearsal space as Southampton remains the first stop for West End touring productions.

This development is not only a fantastic new space but it will improve our facilities and further strengthen Mayflower’s reputation as a leading theatre.”

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive and Creative Director

“There are many benefits from this project. The rehearsal studio will deliver improvements and support our continued growth in participation. We will be able to improve access for all, ensuring disabled performers have equality of backstage provision with stage accessible dressing rooms.

The building will also see energy improvements from a 95% reduction in heating demands associated with ballet rehearsals and a provision for solar and air source heat pumps to enable the future removal of gas combustion from the theatre.”

Matthew Goode, Operations Director said,

“The multi-million-pound development will be across three floors and creates sensitive connections between the administration building, added in 2010 and Grade II listed theatre, creating a dedicated studio to enhance Mayflower Theatre’s reputation.

The development will also provide two-fully accessible dressing rooms on stage level responding to our inclusivity agenda making Mayflower accessible to performers and participants.

Mayflower Theatre is approaching its 100th anniversary and is set to not only reach this milestone but continue to stage the best in touring shows, dance, drama and opera. Our inclusive Youth Theatre productions continue to expand with more than 150 young people performing in our 2024 summer youth production: Bugsy Malone.

Our commitment to decarbonising the theatre will take a significant step forward with the addition of solar array, air source heat pumps, green roof and a building designed to high-performing standards.”