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About Mayflower Theatre

With over 2,000 seats in their auditorium, Mayflower Theatre are the biggest theatre on the south coast of England. Their aim is to bring a diverse range of shows to Southampton and surrounding areas.

They are an independent theatre and pride themselves on being one of the only theatres in the country who don't receive direct funding from any external bodies and yet still achieve an annual surplus due to the hard work of all of their staff. Surpluses are invested back into the theatre to enable growth, to support the community and education strategies; and ensure the upkeep of their grade II listed theatre.

Mayflower Theatre's mission statement is to 'Fulfil the theatre's potential to be the leading presenting theatre company in the country, with a distinctive, popular, effective and high-quality artistic programme'.

To reach this target the theatre, along with involvement from employees, have developed a set of core principles: Continuous Professional Development; Integrity; Respect; Service Excellence; Transparent Communication; and Working Together.

What is it like to work for Mayflower Theatre

The Leadership Team are expected to be role models and the approach is more 'do as I do' as opposed to 'do as I say, not as I do'. 
My Company
My Company
The Theatre offer all new joiners a work Buddy to help them navigate the way they do things and give them general support as they adjust to working at Mayflower Theatre. The new joiner and their buddy are allocated time in work to meet for a coffee and in addition they are allocated two tickets to a show.

Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Staff and their families are invited to the dress rehearsal for the pantomime each year, giving families an opportunity to see their working environment whilst also spending quality time together. 

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    42% / 58%

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