Hundreds to perform gangster classic

Bugsy Malone at the Mayflower tonight and tomorrow.
Bugsy Malone at the Mayflower tonight and tomorrow.
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

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After hours of rehearsals and weeks of planning, nearly 250 young actors will perform at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, tonight and tomorrow.

More than 4,500 tickets have been sold for Bugsy Malone, the theatre’s first summer youth project.

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

Bugsy Malone, a killer with the ladies, is an asset. Unfortunately, Bugsy has also caught the eye of Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah.

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 extremely 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.’

The main actors include Chance Perdono, Tom Hopgood, Chloe Rice, Tamlin Morgan and George Shrapnell.

Tickets: £15 on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.