When the post-Christmas blues set in check out Milton Keynes Theatre’s newly announced Spring season. With dance, drama, music, comedy and much more, there’s something for everyone in 2017. But before we look ahead to the New Year, the festive season is well underway and there’s still time to give the whole family a treat with a visit to the purr-fect family pantomime Dick Whittington. Starring EastEnders Samantha Womack, X-Factor finalist and ‘Queen of the Jungle’ Stacey Soloman and MK’s fave funny-man Kev Orkian it’s shaping up to be the cats pyjamas!
A trio of glorious musicals high-kicks off with the multi award-winning comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Eastenders Michelle Collins and Strictly star Joanne Clifton. Hot off the heels of sell out West End run Sheridan Smith brings the story of Fanny Brice to life in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl. Get ready to have the time of your life as the sensational new production of Dirty Dancing explodes onto the stage with heart pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.
Matthew Bourne returns to Milton Keynes in time for Valentine’s Day to dazzle your senses and break your heart with the beloved fairytale of The Red Shoes whilst another heartbreaker, Casanova, promises to lead you into temptation in Northern Ballet’s latest adaptation. Completing the trio for dance fans is the return of Michael Flatley’s Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games, combining the best of tradition with the excitement of new music and dance.
Following the huge success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, multi-million selling author Peter James brings his world premiere production of Not Dead Enough to town starring Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore. For brilliantly funny comedy don’t miss The Play That Goes Wrong, hailed as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter. Catch Jodie Prenger in the first major revival of the Olivier award-winning play Shirley Valentine, a one woman show to warm even the coldest of winter hearts. Drama fans should also look out for La Strada a new play with music which tells the story of a wide-eyed young girl’s introduction to life on the road in a travelling circus based on Federico Fellini’s 1957 movie of the same name.
Young theatre-goers can look forward to Ben and Hollie’s Little Kingdom live on stage for adventure, songs, games and laughter. The brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will be a wondercrump treat for the whole family, while your ‘tiddlers’ can join Mr Bloom and the veggies on their first ever live tour!
A host of special one-night events include music from Vampires Rock, The Johnny Cash Roadshow, The Carpenters Story, Chas and Dave, Frankly Sinatra, Caro Emerald, The Illegal Eagles, That’ll be the Day and the Yamato Drummers. Tickle your funny bones with Omid Djalili, Jimmy Carr, Ross Noble, and Sue Perkins. And if that’s not enough, there’s dance from Anton and Erin, hilarious musical fun with Menopause the Musical and a never-ending nightmare evening with The Circus of Horrors.
With a return visit from Welsh National Opera, bringing you some of the most poignant love stories ever told in their Love’s Poisoned Chalice season with La Boheme, Madam Butterfly and Le Vin Herbe the spring season promises a sparkling start to the new year.
Looking ahead, but booking now and selling fast, a number of first’s for MK. John Partridge and Adrian Zmed bring the show-stopping La Cage Aux Folles to stage, you won’t be able to resist the ultimate feel-good musical Mamma Mia! and beloved musical Billy Elliot on its first ever UK tour. The National Theatre bring the innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre to life whilst Wonderland starring Wendi Peters, Dave Willets and Kerry Ellis promises to bring a whole new adventure for the Alice in all of us. On sale for 2018 is the new tour of Flashdance the Musical, Grease and the long awaited National Theatre production of War Horse. Book early for the best seats in the house!
The Classic Thriller Company return to the stage in new play from the pen of Ruth Rendell – A Judgement in Stone. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita returns to thrill audiences along with firm MK favourites Dreamboats and Petticoats and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes a visit in November following a sell-out run in 2015.
Tickets are on sale now! Book at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee)