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Nativity! The Musical, Mayflower Theatre – Review

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December 4, 2019

I there is one film, or series of films, that gets the kids in the Christmas spirit, it is Nativity!

There are now four films in the franchise, but it is the first one that Nativity! The Musical is based on and when we found out it was heading to The Mayflower in Southampton, I knew I had to book tickets.

With our Christmas jumpers on, we took to our seats and waited for the show to start.

From the programme, Eliza was worried that Mr Poppy didn’t look like Mr Poppy in the film, but once the show started she was instantly immersed into the story and was happy that the actor suited the zany, childlike character of the Mr Poppy we all know and love.

Don’t worry if you have not seen the film, Nativity the Musical introduces you to the backstory of the characters and how the three childhood best friends went their separate ways, with Mr Maddens now a teacher at the failing St Bernadette’s Primary School, his true love Jennifer now working in Hollywood and driven Mr Shakespeare a teacher at the local prep school.


As a parent, seeing your child in the Nativity is one of the highlights of their childhood and at St Bernadette’s School, after a bit of rivalry they’re attempting to mount a musical version. The only trouble is, that Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film.

With the help of his teaching assistant, the uninhibited, zany and crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children, a great comedy villain and the brilliant ensemble, they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true and pull off an amazing show in Coventry Cathedral.

The show is aimed brilliantly at a family audience, with pantomime style comedy and jokes for the adults. The highlight of the show for us was the hilarious, laugh-out-loud auditions, complete with a golden buzzer, and the brilliant finale which saw the entire audience reaching, on request, for the torches on their phones and swaying to the music to help light the stage.

For us, it was Scott Paige who stole the show as the irrepressible Mr Poppy, with his down-to-earth childlike antics. I wasn’t fussed about Dani Dyer’s character in the show, but I can understand that she is a draw for the teenagers in the audience and she does have a surprisingly good voice.

All in all, we loved Nativity! The Musical, with the kids excitedly telling their teachers all about the show this morning. It is on at the Mayflower Theatre between 3rd – 7th December 2019 before heading back to London for its Christmas run.

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    Cassie Mayers

    December 5, 2019

    Sounds amazing! Me and Lily both love shows! I am definitely going to be taking Lily to some this year.

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    Brianne Tursi Manz

    December 5, 2019

    My girls and I love seeing shows! This would be so fun to see in person!

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    Diana V.

    December 5, 2019

    I would love to take my daughter to the Nativity Musical, since she is totally obsessed with anything Christmas 😀

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    December 5, 2019

    Oh this looks like so much fun! My daughter would love this, I do love when there is some humor for the adults included.

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    Aimee Bradley

    December 5, 2019

    Iv never seen. This bit of sounds so good. It’s local to me too l. Bet my daughter would like it

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    December 5, 2019

    We love Nativity in this house. The show was playing locally last year but we didn’t make it. Hopefully it’ll be on locally next year as I think all the family would love it.

    We live 10 minutes from where the film was made so its extra special to us. Plus we LOVE Mr Poppy!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    December 6, 2019

    I have always wanted to bring my kids to the Nativity place as has heard what a fantastic show it is and so festive too. So glad you all had a fabulous time!

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    Natasha Mairs

    December 6, 2019

    This sounds fantastic!! We love watching Nativity on the telly but I bet it’s even more fun watching it on a stage

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    Samantha Donnelly

    December 6, 2019

    This sounds like a great show to go and watch, I do love a stage show especially if adapted from a film I would love to see this x

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    December 6, 2019

    This sounds like such fun! We love taking the kids to see a play at Christmas, and Nativity! sounds perfect.

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    Ashley R

    December 6, 2019

    This looks so cute. I haven’t ever heard of this. I will have to look it up. I love new Christmas movies/shows .

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    Ella @Typical Mummy

    December 7, 2019

    We adore the Nativity movie in this family! My husband and son went to see the show when it came to Stoke last year and they loved it!

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    December 7, 2019

    I love Nativity the film, I didn’t know they had made it in to a musical! I will have to keep my eye open for it ever coming near us.

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    Elizabeth Williams

    December 7, 2019

    I love the films. Didn’t know they’d made a musical. It looks like lots of fun and great for families. Would love to watch it with my kids.

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    December 8, 2019

    It sounds absolutely brilliant! My 4 love the Nativity films and I bet it’s even better as a live show 🙂

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    December 8, 2019

    I wish I was closer so I could take my kids! How fun this looks!

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    December 9, 2019

    Ah this looks like the perfect Christmas treat for all the family. Looks like a really great production.

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    Shannon Gurnee

    December 10, 2019

    This looks like such a cute performance! What a fun thing to go to with the family.

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    Nicole Bertrand

    December 10, 2019

    I love adding these live events to my holiday calendar! And now that my kids are getting older, we can do things like this!

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    December 18, 2019

    This sounds like a very fun and interesting musical! Not very fan of them, but it sure sounds like a perfect event for the holidays! Cecilia x

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    December 22, 2019

    We love the nativity and was due to go to this but little ones was poorly . Looks like you really enjoyed it

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