After waiting a year and three months to go due to the pandemic, I finally went to see 9 to 5 the musical and it definitely did not disappoint.

9 to 5 the musical mayflower southampton

As the show was at The Mayflower in Southampton, we headed over by train and went to a few shops and had some food and drinks before going to the event.

For lunch, we went to Zizzi in West Quay and I had the chorizo carbonara, so nice would definitely recommend! The burrata salad starter was so nice too. I also had the passion fruitini cocktail.

The show started at 2pm so we walked over to The Mayflower after lunch and getting in was super easy there weren't really any queues. There were no empty seats though as so many people must have been waiting to go since 2020 like us.

I had seen 9 to 5 the movie with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin which I loved, but this was my first time seeing it as a musical on stage and it was amazing!

It was a really clever adaptation of the film and it was so funny too, at one point I think tears were coming out because I was laughing so much.

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The characters were fab too. Franklin Hart Jr, the misogynistic CEO of the company is definitely more exaggerated in the musical than in the film which really helped to get the point across of how women have been treated in the office compared to how men have been treated.

I'd like to think the way women are treated in the workplace has improved since the 1980s but there are still some improvements that need to be made in certain workplaces I would say.

The three women main characters are so empowering and it's great to watch their journey and see a happy ending for each of them.

There was a great balance between comedy, and also keeping focused on the serious themes of misogyny throughout. Every so often, Franklin Hart Jr would make sexist jokes about women to one of his male coworkers, Bob. At the end of the show, Bob then hit him back with my favourite line: "What do you call a female CEO? A CEO."

I definitely need to see more musicals, I always love them! So far, I have only seen 9 to 5, Mamma Mia, The Rocky Horror Show and Shrek The Musical - all of which were so good.

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Are you a fan of musicals, which is your favourite?


  1. I'm glad this musical didn't disappoint after waiting so long to see it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here

  2. I've never seen this musical but I do want to go to the theatre more now than I can because I love musicals! I'll have to add this to my list :) x

  3. I love going to see a musical - I've not seen 9 to 5 before but it sounds incredible! Glad you had a fun time x

  4. Love musicals! I've not seen one since I was living in the UK, but at some point in the next 12-months I want to take my daughter to see frozen the musical. The last one I seen was Aladdin in Manchester and it was awesome! I've seen wicked too and Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, but I need to see more too :)

  5. The best musical I ever saw was Gypsy and I got a chance to meet Imelda Staunton afterwards when she signed my program. 9 till 5 is on my radar.

  6. I saw this show a few years ago and was blown away by how amazing it was!! I danced in the aisles and had such a laugh!