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Greatest Days At Southampton Mayflower Review

DISCLOSURE – TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOW WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER AND GUEST FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW

Reviewed by Maddie Reynolds

I was so excited to be able to review this, being a massive take that fan when I was a teenager… And it did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded my expectations.  I watched the film a few weeks ago so that I knew the story and I loved the story and the way the songs interlinked.  I was intrigued to how this was going to play out on a stage. 

We arrived at the Mayflower just before 7pm and had some pre drinks, The Mayflower is a theatre which is easy to get to and plenty of parking on the street and in the multi-storey.  I always like to park on the street and walk across.

We were sat in the dress circle in Row F 6 and F 7, we had a great view and was able to see the whole stage with plenty of leg room.  They have a variety of showings the earliest being 2PM and the latest being 8.30pm.

The performance kept us engaged the whole way through and the set changes were really clever, and the way they swapped from the young girls to them when they were older was fab.  The story starts with young girls at school who are obsessed with the boy band Take That, and win tickets to go see as every young girl dreamed of.  First Act took us through the story with great musical artistry, the calibre of the performers is outstanding.  It provided us with excitement for the second act throughout the story and were moved about by the band as they sung.

The band were fabulous and very much part of the show but without taking away the main story line, they would sing during it and when they were pretending to be in concerts they would get the audience involved and joining in and singing along.  The vocal range across the whole cast was a high standard and being a small cast they worked very hard to ensure the story line remained constant throughout show with so much energy.

Olivia Hallet played young Rachel with passion and enthusiasm, she definitely enabled the transition to older Rachel to be so realistic, this was then played by Jennifer Ellison who was also quite fabulous, as well as all the cast who played there roles and then this carried on in the older versions of themselves.  I loved the way in some scenes the band would sing and the two worlds would entwine and look back on the past as well as being in the present.

The atmosphere was great with lots of clapping and singing along to all the well known Take That songs.  It was amazing and I would thoroughly recommend going to see it there was a really good feel factor to the show.  The band got everyone up on their feet at the end and singing along to some of hit songs from the story.

The show is currently touring across the country so if its in your area its a must see even if you are not a Take That fab its a great story and night out..

I rate this show 5 out of 5, it’s currently back touring and is at the Mayflower in Southampton until 30th September.
Tickets start at £34.50 up to £49.50 and can be purchased here on their website or by calling the box office…

https://www.mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/greatest-days-2023/

Rating: 5/5

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