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New Name Competition



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Administrative / Biographical history

The theatre closed for a year in 1986 to undergo a large scale refurbishment. To celebrate the theatre’s new life a public competition was launched to rename the theatre. There were 2,983 entries, with some of the suggestions including the “Sotonian”, “Galaxy” and “Masquerades”! The naming committee decided on Mayflower Theatre to recognise the City’s close association with The Mayflower ship who left Southampton in August 1620.


This archive item has been selected as part of our Mayflower 90 Collection, which features 90 archive items spanning across our 90 year history. If you would be interested in exploring more of our Mayflower 90 Collection then you can do so by searching Mayflower 90 in our online archive or through visiting the displays in our theatre.
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