On song with new city talents...

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Eyes down for a selection of theatre productions showing around Milton Keynes during the coming week...

New musical comedy, The Choir debuts at Stantonbury Theatre on Friday evening.

From the pen of Yaw Asiyama, The Choir stars MK fella Jimmy James Jones as choir director Nathan Wishbone.

Nathan can’t sing, but this isn’t too much of a trauma.

Leading his team of tuneful folks through terrible times is worse, and he does his best to keep everything together, oblivious to some of the realities that surround him.

Luckily, his team have got Nathan’s back...sort of.

Tickets are £12 and £10, and a second performance is booked for Saturday night, both shows from 7.30pm.

Call 01908 324466 or click to www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

Give your mind a rest from the constant– and draining – business of Christmas, and take in a performance of David Hare’s psychological drama, The Breath of Life.

This 2002 delivery is a poignant and gripping piece which examines the lifestyles and decisions of two women who have fallen for the same man.

When those same ladies meet, sparks fly...

The Open Theatre Group begin a three day run of the work this evening, at the Hub Theatre on Walton Hall Campus.

The curtain rises at 8pm nightly.

To book visit www.theopentheatregroup.org or call 01908 664311.

It is arguably the most famous of Shakespeare’s works, and this week Romeo & Juliet is once again being put to the stage, but Pepper’s Ghost and The Play’s The Thing Theatre Companies have given the story a rather different setting.

The story of two young lovers who fall victim to family hatred and cruel destiny is the same, forming the backdrop to the doomed love of two young people dislocated from their society.

But this version is set in Japan. Director Rosemary Hill has travelled to and worked in Japan making films for the BBC about the Japanese education system.

Whilst there she was struck by its incredible beauty, its order, its rituals, its rules and its hierarchy. Rebellion is not something she saw in its schools, but she felt there was an undercurrent.

Designer Kevin Jenkins worked with the concept to deliver a superb set design, further enhancing the work.

Performances at Stantonbury Theatre begin on Wednesday (Dec 10) and continue through to Saturday, at 7.30pm nightly.

An additional matinee will run on Saturday (Dec 13) at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15 and £13.

Call 01908 324466.