6-10 January 2016
Reviewed by Louise Abbott
The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is a traditional theatre full of character and elegance. It is one of my favourite performing venues – its comfortable, has ample seating for most budgets and car parks are numerous. Public transport is also very good with a train station within easy walking. It also has a very nice bar area for snacks and drinks and the surrounding area has more food and drink choice if you really want to make a night of it.
As always it pays to have a better view near to the stage if you can afford it as the back rows are just a bit too far for most shows.
Having said that it does depend upon the show in question and this particular one has much more going for it than most. The back rows seemed just as enthralled by the sounds and sights that this performance conjured up as those up front.
The start did remind of Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds and it does seem somewhat apocalyptic at times with the loud and powerful backing track and lights and images that throbbed and pulsated – very hypnotic. The dancers performed fantastically throughout with some truly breath-taking stunts. Honestly most of the ice dancers were amazing and the aerial performers and contortionists were incredible.
The story takes us from the start of creation to a possible future scenario where the planet has been ravaged by global warming. Very thoughtful in places and quite moving at times. The sets were imaginative and the ‘story’ was fairly logical – up to a point.
However, I think it is just too grand and encompassing to sustain through until the end and the second half was not quite as good and felt a bit laboured. The variety of the acts though and the imaginative use of the stage with various props was enthralling throughout and there is enough here for most people to be satisfied with. There were a few mistakes – mostly in that second half, but I think this just shows how difficult the routines really are.
Overall an excellent show and a fantastic place to see it.
Tickets cost from £19 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
Cirque De Glace Evolution is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 10 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811