New season at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Swan Lake by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Picture: Bill Cooper

Swan Lake by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Picture: Bill Cooper

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Eddie The Eagle flies high as he tells his life story

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The festive theme continues in 2016 for Mayflower Theatre’s new season.

The ice show Cirque de Glace plays from January 6-10, bringing to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution and a journey to the limits of technology.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Picture: Alastair Muir

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Picture: Alastair Muir

The show combines ice dance with the world of cirque, made famous by Cirque du Soleil. Evolution promises an experience filled with music, colour, incredible costumes and jaw-dropping acrobatics.

Celebrating over 20 spellbinding years on the stage, the live version of Raymond Briggs’s iconic and much-loved children’s classic The Snowman flies into Mayflower Theatre from January 13-17.There will be a relaxed performance of The Snowman on January 16 at 11am.

The Snowman tells the magical story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve. A combination of classic storytelling, music and dance, The Snowman is an enchanting treat for all the family.

Let it Be (January 18-23) celebrates the music of The Beatles, the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll band, in a spectacular concert.

Impossible comes to the Mayflower. Picture: Helen Maybanks

Impossible comes to the Mayflower. Picture: Helen Maybanks

The show charts the band from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of Beatlemania and their later studio masterpieces.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the world’s leading classical companies and the UK’s premiere touring ballet company, return to Southampton after 18 years from January 26-30 with a production of Swan Lake created by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Laureate, Sir Peter Wright.

This classic production of ballet’s greatest love story features a sumptuous, towering Gothic design by Philip Prowse with spectacular costumes including the famous flock of white tutus appearing from a glassy lake of dry ice.

Impossible, the most dangerous show the UK has ever seen, launches at Mayflower Theatre from February 3-6 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour and features the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular. The show features daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, the British bad-boy of magic James More, former Cirque du Soleil performer Lee Thompson and others.

The much-loved Sherman Brothers musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens its UK tour at Mayflower Theatre from February 10-21. This fantasmagorical show stars Jason Manford, Michelle Collins, Phill Jupitus and Martin Kemp.

There will be sensational sets and stunning special effects and, of course, the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which includes such standards as Truly Scrumptious and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Steve Punt is set to star as The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show when it plays from February 22-27. This musical extravaganza features all of the show’s classic songs including The Time-Warp.

It stars Diana Vickers as Janet and Paul Cattermole as Dr Scott.

Tickets for all shows are on sale. Call the box office on (023) 8071 1811 or visit mayflower.org.uk.

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