Milton Keynes Theatre Spring 2016 Season Preview

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MK ANNOUNCE NEW SPRING SEASON – ON SALE NOW

 If you’re still puzzling over what to get your nearest and dearest for Christmas this year then tickets for shows in the Spring 2016 season at Milton Keynes Theatre will solve the problem even for those on your list who are the trickiest to please.

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 real Christmas cracker of a treat with a visit to the region’s biggest Panto – Aladdin.

Leading an all-star cast as the Genie of the Lamp is Hollywood royalty, TV icon and former wife of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Priscilla Presley.

Joining Priscilla in Old Peking are Gary Wilmot, as Pantoshire’s most glamorous Dame, Widow Twankey. Wayne Sleep brings an added sparkle to the stage as the genie of the Ring, Ben Adams is the heart-throb hero, Aladdin and the world’s favourite Armenian, Kev Orkian plays Wishee-Washee .

Hop aboard and enjoy the magic carpet ride of your life this winter at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Kicking off the spring season – or rather leaping, gloriously, into it, romance was never quite so Gothic or evocative as Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty.

Boogie beauties return to MKT, ready to give you the ride of your life, as Jason Donovan and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert hop aboard the party bus again, back by overwhelming popular demand.

There’s more smash hit musical entertainment later in the season when the razzle-dazzle, double–trouble cell block chicks of Chicago hit town while you can really let your hair down as the feel-good factor gets a mighty boost with the award-winning musical, Hairspray.

And finally, rounding off an amazing season of smash-hit musicals, comes award-winning show, The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke.

Theatre wouldn’t be quite so entertaining without a certain amount of mystery and suspense. Hailed as ‘the theatrical event of our generation’ the National Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls is every dinner party host’s nightmare while, if it’s mind-boggling bafflement you hanker after, you can’t get more provocative than Derren Brown Miracle.

In any theatre season programme there should be something for everyone – whatever age you are. The world premiere of the stage production of David Walliams’ best-selling story for children, Gangsta Granny, is brought to the stage by the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories and then, barely three weeks later there’s another treat for kids when the Chichester Festival Theatre’s enchanting and award-winning production of Goodnight Mister Tom arrives. And to introduce even the very smallest member of the family to dance Northern Ballet present a delightful child-friendly performance of Tortoise & the Hare.

There’s nowt as queer as folk. And definitely nowt as queer as Henry Horatio Hobson, the anti-hero of Harold Brighouse’s comedy drama, Hobson’s Choice starring Martin Shaw which comes to MKT in advance of a transfer to the West End.

With a return visit from the wonderful Welsh National Opera, who bring a trio of works charting the life and loves and losses of one of opera’s most enduring creations, Figaro, and the legendary family favourite, Swan Lake, performed by Northern Ballet the spring season at Milton Keynes Theatre is going to be a sparkling start to the new year!

A glimpse of what’s coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next summer reveals the fantasmagorical musical Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang, cheeky irreverence from the Avenue Q puppets, summer holiday romance in Save the Last Dance for Me and one for ALL the family, Annie.   

A whole raft of show-stopping numbers make Guys and Dolls one of the great Broadway musicals, while Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry, is always a must-see for the kids. With the Rocky Horror Show to look forward to – get out those basques and stockings fellas – and an all new production of Sister Act coming in the autumn, entertainment has never been so… entertaining!

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)

 

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE SPRING 2016 SEASON LISTINGS

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 Spring 2016

DECEMBER

 ALADDIN- 4 DEC-10 JAN, 2016

 OK, it’s not spring yet but if it’s magical family fun you’re after this festive season your wish is our command! Join our hero Aladdin on a magic carpet ride with all of your favourite traditional pantomime characters brought to life in spectacular fashion by a star-studded cast that includes PRISCILLA PRESLEY, GARY WILMOT, WAYNE SLEEP, BEN ADAMS and KEV ORKIAN. This year’s pantomime at Milton Keynes Theatre is all set to  brighten up the darkest days – and nights – of the winter.

JANUARY

 JOE BROWN IN CONCERT- 13 JAN

There’s a storming season of one night shows coming up at Milton Keynes Theatre this spring kicking off with a sensational musical journey from the one and only JOE BROWN. With a lifetime in showbiz music behind him, expect great stories, told with all the streetwise humour you’d expect from this East End lad, as well as a night of guitar heaven from Joe and his five piece band.

 

VAMPIRE ROCK- THE GHOST TRAIN- 14 JAN

After 12 years and over a million tickets sold, Steve Steinman returns as Barron Von Rockula in the all new Vampire Rock saga The Ghost Train. Singers, dancers and all the classic rock anthems you could wish for blasted out by one formidable band.

ABBA MANIA- 15 JAN

 The world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production comes to MKT featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in all its fabulous, retro glory, reviving special memories and giving everyone a chance to be a Dancing Queen.

BEYOND THE BARRICADE- 16 JAN

 Recreating original West End/ Broadway musical hit songs, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables presents a blockbusting two hour show.

 JETHRO- FORTY YEARS THE JOKER- 20 JAN

A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of this great comic storyteller. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that is the mark of a true comedy genius.

PAUL CARRACK- LIVE IN CONCERT- 21 JAN

 Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics, Paul Carrack returns to the road with his band and a back-catalogue of hits including How Long, Tempted and The Living Years.

THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS- 22 JAN

The brothers are back with another brand new live show featuring the very best Blues, Motown, Soul and of course, comedy. Incudes hits Everybody Needs Somebody, Soul Man, Respect, Shake a Tail Feather and more!

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SLEEPING BEAUTY- 26-30 JAN

Whether you’re a long-standing dance devotee or a nervous novice, Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty is a must. It has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA with its sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling. In a world full of magic, fairies, vampires, love and romance, you will be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day.

FEBRUARY

 PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL- 1-6 FEB

 Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate party, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, returns to Milton Keynes due to overwhelming popular demand. Starring original West End star Jason Donovan as Tick and based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

 GANGSTA GRANNY- 9-13 FEB

 Up until now, staying with Granny has only meant one thing; cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But Granny has a secret – and life is about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine…

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories right slap bang in the February half term holiday comes the world premiere of Gangsta Granny based on the story by David Walliams.

KATHERINE RYAN- KATHBUM- 14 FEB

Star of Live At The Apollo, QI and The Johnathan Ross Show, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian, Katherine Ryan returns with another terrific comedy show following a complete sell-out UK and Australian tour.

DERREN BROWN- MIRACLE- 15-20 FEB

Back by phenomenal demand following his previous sell-out tour, the multi award-winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to Milton Keynes Theatre with his most provocative show yet, Derren Brown Miracle. Derren delivers an evening of mind-altering genius as extraordinary events unfold before you, live on stage. How he does it, who knows but one thing’s for sure; Milton Keynes Theatre’s going to be shaken to the very core – for a whole week this time round!

ANTON + ERIN JUST GOTTA DANCE- 21 FEB

And you just gotta see the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with a dazzling new show for 2016.  Featuring exciting new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music from the golden age, with classic hits including Fever, Too Darn Hot and New York, New York. Start spreading the news!

AN INSPECTOR CALLS-23-27 FEB

It’s won more awards than any other play in history and been hailed as the theatrical event of our generation. Stephen Daldry’s National Theatre and West End production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls has thrilled audiences throughout the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense. Brrrr!  A peaceful family dinner party is shattered by the arrival of a local police inspector whose investigations into the death of a young woman shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

MARCH

GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM- 1-5 MAR

The Olivier award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale, Goodnight Mister Tom, returns to the stage starring David Troughton (FYI if you’re an Archers’ addict:he plays Tony in The Archers). During the dangerous build up to the Second World War, young William Beech is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London…

HOBSON’S CHOICE- 7 – 12 MAR

 Catch this one before it transfers to the West End! Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy is celebrating its centenary in 2016 but its appeal is as great as it was 100 years ago.

Henry Horatio Hobson is a self-made man – and a tyrant to boot. When his eldest daughter makes it clear that she wants to marry for love, a battle of wills commences that rocks the status quo. Henry stands to lose much more than just the argument but ultimately, it is Hobson’s choice. Starring Martin Shaw as HHH.

 CHICAGO-14-19 MAR

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts’.  As first lines of a musical go, that’s pretty strong stuff but then this is Chicago in the 1920s and the award-winning musical is based on real life events. Nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.

 THE ELO EXPERIENCE- 22 MAR

 The world’s foremost tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra accurately reproduces the songs and sounds with the assistance of a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection.

CHAS + DAVE ON THE ROAD- 23 MAR

The Cockney duo are back on the road performing all the hits that made them famous: Gertch, Sideboard Song, Rabbit, ‘Aint No Pleasing Yu, Margate, and more!

 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY- 24 MAR

Following her acclaimed performance in Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger steps into this iconic musical, featuring a wonderful original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black including the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face and title track Tell Me On A Sunday.

BRENDAN COLE- A NIGHT TO REMEMBER- 25 MAR

 One of Strictly Come Dancing’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, Brendan Cole leads his cast on a journey of music and dance that is loaded with ballroom magic and Latin excitement. Arriba! Arriba!

A VISION OF ELVIS- 26 MAR

 Elvis has entered the building! Award-winning Rob Kingsley has the look, sound, charisma and he comes complete with a spectacular live 10-piece band. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce, or simply be entertained by some of the best music ever, A Vision of Elvis is definitely for you.

 THE CARPENTER’S STORY- 27 MAR

 Relive the sound of the Carpenters featuring the stunning vocals of international star Claire Furley with lavish arrangements of classics including (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More and Top of the World.

 WNO- BARBER OF SEVILLE- THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO- FIGARO GETS A DIVORCE- 29 MAR-2 APR

 He Laughed. He Loved. He Lost.

For over 200 years Figaro has made audiences worldwide smile and laugh with his lust for life and love. Welsh National Opera returns for their annual, much appreciated visit to MKT with a trio of great productions based on one of the opera world’s most popular and enduring creations.

With music by Rossini, Mozart and Elena Langer, all three productions are sung in English and also feature real-time surtitles, making the productions easy to follow throughout.

 APRIL

HAIRSPRAY- 4-9 APR

It’s big, it’s bold, it’s bop-bee-ba-baa-beeeautiful! Hairspray, that musical celebration of difference, doo-wop and diversity, is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre at exactly the right time to brighten up the spring.

It is 1962 and in Baltimore Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission: to dance her way onto national TV, bag the local heartthrob and break down racial barriers.

Hairspray is the archetypal triumph of hope over experience with a MASSIVE feelgood factor.

Starring Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney and the delightful Freya Sutton as Tracy.

 THE BODYGUARD- 12-23 APR

 The Bodyguard, the award-winning musical based on the blockbuster movie, comes to Milton Keynes Theatre direct from its smash-hit West End run. Starring three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron, it’s got all the best numbers from the film soundtrack beefed up by the cream of Whitney Houston’s back catalogue.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

 NORTHERN BALLET – SWAN LAKE- 26-30 APR

 What is there to say? Swan Lake is just the most famous, best-loved ballet in the world. And performed by this remarkable company of dance-actors to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, it’s a fresh and deeply moving reimagining of a timeless ballet for a modern audience.

 NORTHERN BALLET – TORTOISE AND THE HARE- 29 APR

 Following the sell-out success of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet bring their magic to Aesop’s much-loved fable Tortoise & the Hare.

If you had to place a bet on it, you probably wouldn’t back the tortoise in a race against a hare but life is full of little surprises…

These child friendly performances last approximately 40 minutes and are the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

 And then, before you know it…

the days will be longer and warmer and onstage, at Milton Keynes Theatre, the summer season will be ready for the off with the arrival of the most fantasmagorical musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Lee Mead (Casualty, Joseph) as Caractacus Potts and Michelle Collins (Corrie, Eastenders) as Baroness Bomburst.

Mischief, political incorrectness and bad behaviour strikes as the irresistibly entertaining musical, Avenue Q, bursts into view followed swiftly by something gentler as young love and the highs and lows of a holiday romance come under the spotlight in Save the Last Dance for Me.

Musical magic continues with a brand new production of the family friendly Annie, starring Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigen and, direct from the West End comes the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of the sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters, nightclub singers and Salvationists, Guys and Dolls.

After ten successful years of bringing adaptations of Agatha Christie’s most puzzling crimes to the stage, The now renamed, Classic Thriller Theatre Company, bring a spot of trouble into MKT’s mid-summer season with a hearty dose of villainy in Rehearsal for Murder.

But it’s just a brief sortie into the world of crime; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will be setting the world to rights before Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is back, bursting at the corset seams with timeless classics such as Damn it Janet and Time Warp.

With an all-new production of Sister Act to look forward to, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, there’s something for absolutely everyone at Milton Keynes Theatre in 2016.

 

 

 

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