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Bugsy Malone
Bugsy Malone
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Following a two-week project and more than 230 young people taking part, the Mayflower Theatre’s first summer youth project is finishing with a production of Bugsy Malone from on August 30 and 31.

More than 4,500 tickets have been sold, and Wave 105 sponsored 24 young people to participate and complete their Discover Arts Award as part of the project.

Michael Ockwell, the Mayflower’s chief executive, says: ‘We were delighted with the number of young people who auditioned for the show and the talent we saw made the casting very difficult.

‘We believe it is important to offer young people an opportunity to engage with their local theatre and giving 230 of them the chance to perform on the Mayflower stage is a great way to start.’

Bugsy Malone is based on Alan Parker’s film set in the 1930s, where Fat Sam has to fight to stop his business rival Dandy Dan from closing down his speakeasy.

Enter baby-faced Bugsy Malone, a killer with the ladies and a definite asset to Fat Sam. Unfortunately, Bugsy has also caught the eye of Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah – though he’s set his heart on the showgirl Blousey Brown.

The principle cast is headed by Chance Perdono as Bugsy Malone, Tom Hopgood as Fat Sam, Chloe Rice as Tallulah, Tamlin Morgan as Blousey Brown and George Shrapnell as Dandy Dan.

Tickets: £15 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.