News & Features News & Features /Culture-in-MK/News-and-Features Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:13:16 +0000 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:13:16 +0000 Jesus Christ Superstar at MK Theatre There are very few shows that, in the last 40 years, can truly claim to have changed the face of musical theatre forever. This is the one that did. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking rock opera, exploded onto the West End stage in 1971, telling the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through the eyes of the bad guy, Judas Iscariot. As compelling today as it was at its inception over forty years ago, Jesus Christ Superstar features some of musical theatre’s most legendary songs from I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Everything’s Alright, and Gethsemane through to, of course, Superstar. Leading performer Glenn Carter returns as Jesus, a role he has played in the West End, on Broadway and on film. Australian star Tim Rogers, a seasoned musical theatre performer, made his UK stage debut 15 years ago and now takes on the mighty role of Judas. X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji plays Mary Magdalene, joining the company direct from the UK and European tour of Thriller Live. If Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are the ultimate dream team when it comes to penning musicals mega-hits, the partnership of producer Bill Kenwright and director Bob Tomson, back on board for this masterly revival of the iconic, award-winning musical, is an arrangement that was, like the star of the show Himself, made in heaven. Book your tickets now at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, Call 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) or visit (bkg fee). A47072176BCA825AADACF648034E124B Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:33:23 +0000 Comedy Festival in Milton Keynes Following on from winning the award for the Best Small Comedy Club in the Midlands and East this March, The Comedy Cow are putting on a comedy festival, with the aim of attracting 300 people per day to see the very best in stand-up comedy this July (17th to 19th). Milton Keynes Comedy Festival takes place over three days this July at Westbury Arts Centre, in Shenley Wood. You can experience a flavour of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival whilst saving yourself the journey to Scotland! With 4 rooms of comedy, including the barn and a Yurt, there will always be plenty going on to keep you entertained. With a continuous schedule of comedy spread over four different rooms there will be plenty of choice as to what to see, and your entry wristband will allow you to dip in and out of the festival to fit around the rest of your weekend. Friday night is the launch of the festival, and sees a standard comedy night format in the marquee. Richard Herring headlines with a full support cast of professional comedians. This is a night of world class comedy, and with the added festival feel promises to be one of the best comedy nights you will ever go to! Taking to the main stage to ‘headline’ on Saturday 18th July is The Boy With Tape On His Face. He has performed to sell out audiences across the world and has performed his act for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance. More recently he featured on the John Bishop Show on BBC1. Also on Saturday is a wide variety of other acts, from the multi-talented Bob Mills, to the glamourous musical comedian Jess Robinson. Sunday is packed with some of the very best names on the comedy circuit, from Mock the Week Regular Gary Delaney, to the award winning cabaret act Rayguns Look Real Enough who will be bringing the festival to a close. BBC Radio 2 favourite Ian D Montfort will be bringing his new show to us, as will Irish comedian and star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Keith Farnan. With over 40 comedians performing over the weekend this is a chance to really experience the very best in comedy talent on your doorstep. There will also be live music, a chill out area, along with a range of food and drink available for those times when you want to take a break from the comedy! Tickets start at £12 for the Friday evening launch, up to £40 for a weekend ticket to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday where there will be shows from 2:30pm to 11:30pm! To find out full details about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit the dedicated website AC1AE6A547BF25A11284C7595EFF6DF7 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:20:35 +0000 Major new exhibition explores codebreaking in World War One The first major exhibition to explore codebreaking in World War One is now open at Bletchley Park. The Road to Bletchley Park, sponsored by BAE Systems and Ultra Electronics, celebrates the pioneering achievements of those who waged a secret war – and how they paved the way for the Codebreakers of World War Two.   The story of signals intelligence in WW1 is an untold but crucial one, because a large number of those involved went on to work with the newly formed Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) in 1919, which then relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. Sarah Ralph, Bletchley Park’s WW1 Exhibition Research Coordinator, says “Their efforts from 1914 to 1918 allowed the Codebreakers to hit the ground running at the outbreak of WW2.”   The first phase of this fascinating exhibition, now open in the Block C Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, introduces the two very separate codebreaking organisations working in WW1: MI1(b), set up by the Army, and Room 40, established by the Navy. They were each fighting a secret war, behind the scenes in London offices.   The work of these two distinct organisations, each with their own hierarchies and objectives, was dependent on what was then brand new technology. One key exhibit is a replica of a Marconi crystal receiver listening set. Sarah adds “Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other’s codes and gain valuable intelligence.”   The exhibition also delves into some of the key characters involved in codebreaking during both wars. Sarah says “One of my favourite exhibits related to the work in Room 40 is a copy of Jane’s Fighting Ships. I love this book. It’s an exhaustive catalogue of every nation’s warships. Every time a ship was sunk (Room 40 staff) would cross out the name. It’s a very physical way of marking the conflict’s progress.”   CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, Iain Standen says “We hope this exhibition, which runs until 2019, will help to shed light on a hitherto less well known story of WW1. As the title of the exhibition alludes to, the work of Room 40 and MI1(b) in WW1 laid the foundations of the success of Bletchley Park in WW2. Visitors will learn how these pioneers operated, and how their work led to the formation of the Government Code and Cypher School, the organisation that eventually set up Bletchley Park.” 598A90004BACE6540F0E2230BDC47C09 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:25:15 +0000