17 January 2015
Reviewed by Emma Booth
Last night I went with my mum to see The Nutcracker performed by the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. It was easy to get to from the M27 and parking about a 2 minutes’ walk away. Parking is fairly expensive but the train station is only 2 minutes’ away as well. If you want to something to eat before the show, The Ovation, is a restaurant in the theatre on the 3rd floor but it’s essential to pre-book, but there are plenty of other places nearby to eat.
On arrival we were shown to our seats. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We sat in the rear circle and had a brilliant view, the only down side was there was not much leg room and I was a little too hot in there.
At 7.30pm precisely the show began with the Orchestra of Siberia playing all the stunning and captivating music throughout the show.
The story begins on Christmas Eve and as midnight strikes the fantasy begins and the toys come to life with some breath-taking performances. I found the beginning a little bit slow to get into but once the toys and the Mouse King with his Mouse Army started to perform it really was brilliant and I couldn’t take my eyes of the stage and the time flew by. Towards the end there were some brilliant performances with lots of lifts jumps spinning and leaping.
Advertised as suitable for ages 5 plus I am sure if 5 is still a bit too young but I would definitely recommend this as a fab evening out.
To see What’s On at the Mayflower Theatre visit www.mayflower.org.uk.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811