A wonderful experience for all the family, this show has had some amazing reviews and you can take it from us, it does not disappoint.
The Mary Poppins story never gets old and has been brought up to date in this, the latest adaptation of the classic story. Zizi Strallen, who plays Mary in the show, was absolutely magnificent and with a strong supporting cast made this musical a pleasure to watch.
The show succeeds in many areas, the choreography feels polished, the score is fantastic (as any Mary Poppins fan will know), the sets look really good and the Mayflower Theatre itself is a great host for a musical. The sound system is punchy (which is important for a musical), fully air-conditioned and the seats are comfy too. The Mayflower (formally the Empire) was built in 1928 and is still the largest theatre in the south of England with a capacity of 2,300 and although it has been refurbished on a few occasions since building it still retains that classic theatre feels you get from the most prestigious theatres in London.
Two members of the family headed out first and stopped off at the Alexandra Beer Emporium for light refreshment before meeting up with the others at The Stable for a pizza and drinks. Once refuelled it was time to head to the show for a 7:30 pm start.
It was smiles and singing all the way and with one of our chief correspondents on the ground in Southampton, we managed to get some exclusive shots of them enjoying the moment.