The Mayflower Theatre Trust
Mayflower Theatre is an authentic, Grade II listed Art Deco establishment in the heart of Southampton. A recent, major renovation in 2018 restored the theatre to its former romantic glory, creating the perfect backdrop for producers to bring popular West End musicals, dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy shows to a local audience.
Audiences of 2,271 can be seated in comfort and style in a vibrant majestic setting, redolent of the 1920s era in which the theatre was built. Think Art Deco, jazz, trilbies, flappers, marcel waves and fancy automobiles. You get the drift…
In 1986, Southampton City Council set up a charitable trust to secure the theatre’s future as an entertainment, arts and culture venue for the local community to enjoy.
Surplus revenue from ticket sales and charitable donations goes to fund innovative, ambitious and inclusive community and education projects, to attract widespread interest and support from the performing arts sector and, of course, to maintain the glorious heritage of our unique, Grade II-listed theatre.
Inspired experiences to bring dreams to life.
“To achieve great things, we must first dream.”
More than 500,000 people visit each year to experience theatre in a romantic, dramatic and immersive setting, contributing over £70 million to the local economy in 2022/23. After operating costs, all surplus is invested into our education and participation programme to make arts and culture accessible across the city and communities we serve.
We are committed to acknowledging and mitigating our environmental impact. We are dedicated to a comprehensive carbon reduction initiative, collaborating with our partners, colleagues, and suppliers to diminish our carbon footprint. We will publish our environmental impact and provide regular updates on our progress. By actively engaging in sustainable practices and fostering accountability, we strive to make meaningful contributions towards environmental preservation and inspire others to do the same. Together, we can achieve a greener future for our organisation and the communities we serve.
We offer so much more than a stage for actors and producers to showcase their talents and delight audiences. In fact, we’ve more going on behind the scenes than you could possibly imagine.
We are a force for good. Here to ignite passion and creativity in people. To give them opportunities they never thought possible and bring them together in a love of theatre and the performing arts. To inspire creativity, bring dreams to life – and change lives.
“The mission of the theatre, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people
to their human possibilities.”
Participation and Education
Theatre influences the way we think and feel about our own lives, forcing us to examine ourselves, our values, our behaviour. It reflects the needs and desires of our communities while contributing to education and literacy. Everyone involved on both sides of the footlights – a broad mix of age, culture and life experience – share a strong passion for and appreciation of the arts. In today’s volatile cultural, economic and geopolitical climate, society needs theatre more than ever. The Engage Programme is pivotal to our plan to make theatre the catalyst for social change in Hampshire.
Engage is a rich, imaginative and dynamic community programme that brings the magic and joy of theatre to every household in Hampshire, with our iconic, Grade II listed Mayflower Theatre at its heart. It’s an agent for social change. And everyone’s invited.
Christmas Youth Production
Seasonally inspired drama and arts at MAST Mayflower Studios.
Young people from Hampshire and surrounding areas work with a team of professionals to stage a full-scale Christmas musical at MAST Mayflower Studios. A great opportunity for young people to discover what it’s like to stage a festive show at a professional theatre.
Summer Youth Project
To inspire a new generation in the performing arts.
An ambitious life-changing programme to nurture a love for the performing arts by giving young people the opportunity to produce and perform in a full-scale stage musical.
Free, all-inclusive theatre experiences for young adults.
A free two-year, part-time training programme to find, shape, inspire, champion and sustain the next generation of performers from under-represented and working-class backgrounds.
Everyone loves a good story. And everyone has their own special story to tell. Reminiscence therapy – sharing life stories – is proving a popular and successful psychosocial intervention in dementia care, highly rated by staff and participants.
My Theatre Club
When price is the only thing stopping you!
My Theatre Club is a theatre ticket initiative for adults from under-privileged backgrounds who simply cannot afford to go to the theatre. Individuals identified through referrals and will be given free access to a Mayflower Theatre production and backstage tour.
My First Family Theatre Experiences
Free tickets to inspire a lifelong love of theatre.
By removing price and cultural barriers, we aim to seed a lifelong love and enjoyment of the arts for all the family with free workshops and theatre performances at Mayflower Theatre.
Immersive theatre experiences for people with disabilities.
Touch tours to explore costumes, props, special effects and backstage areas before taking your seat for the signed, captioned or audio described stage performance.
Restoring optimism and purpose among the young.
An artist collaborative project to bring purpose to the lives of schoolchildren at risk of social and educational inclusion.
Stagecraft for budding authors and playwrights.
Free weekly workshops in poetry, prose, storytelling and playwriting. Young people are able to present their work at writers nights, exhibitions and performances.
School Theatre Pass
Bringing theatre to the classroom.
Subsidised tickets and classroom resources for all year 6 pupils at local primary schools in deprived areas of the City.
Holiday Activity Fund
What did you do on your holiday?
Free theatre workshops at the theatre and out in the community to add drama and interest to school holidays and provide a refreshing discussion topic to open the new term.