Ten of the best things to do in and around MK in the next few days

Whatever you're into, there's something for you in our guide to ten of the best things to do in MK in the coming week...

Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 3:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:32 pm
Louis Emerick, Andrew Dunn, Chris Fountain, Gary Lucy, Anthony Lewis and Kai Owen in The Full Monty. credit Matt Crockett

1 THEATREThe Full Monty, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 3 to 8It’s won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, and theatregoers in Milton Keynes can find out why next week. The much-loved story tells of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who find a new source of income – by taking their clothes off. The cast will be led by Gary Lucy, who’s played Danny Pennant in EastEnders and DS Will Fletcher in The Bill and has won Dancing on Ice. Drop everything.Details: www.atgtickets.com/Miiltonkeynes

2 ARTThree Hares Art Gallery at The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, October 4 to 28Visualise is the name of this exhibition of textiles and mixed media work, which has been created by the ISE textile group of ten artists. On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art and fashion accessories using wire, paper, fabric and found objects. Details: www.facebook.com/ISEtextiles

3 COMEDYStantonbury Stand Up, Stantonbury Theatre, September 30A great end to the week. Mr Andy comperes an evening of laughs with the award-winning Andrew Watts and Ben Briggs. Details: www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

4 HISTORYBlack History, Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, October 1 to 29 Discover how John Newton’s life and personal experience as a slave trade captain and as a slave himself inspired him to write the arguably world’s most famous hymn, Amazing Grace, in Olney. Learn about his time as the curate of the parish church, his involvement in the abolition of slavery and spiritual influence on William Wilberforce. Details: www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

5 COMEDYJames Acaster, The Cannon, Newport Pagnell, October 2 Rave reviews keep coming for James. “At the best of these jokes, you can only sit back and marvel,” said the Guardian,“This latest effort will reinforce the claim that he is one of the most gifted comedians of his generation,” said the i. “No word out of place, every line with a purpose. Masterful,” said The Sunday Times. Now see what the fuss is about for yourself.Details: www.wegottickets.com/event/353069

6 MUSICOff Colour, Snobar, Exscape, Milton Keynes, October 1MK’s own singer-songwriter duo premiere their new EP, Aureolin. “Expect to be hearing and seeing a lot more from the Off Colour boys, as their time is now,” say MTV. Details: www.facebook.com/Off-Colour-217810328249359

7 ARTPlatform 2016: Ikran Abdille, MK Gallery, until October 2MK Gallery has been showing the work of some of the area’s freshest artistic talents. Ikran’s art deals with “ideas surrounding a language that is not so literal, that is indefinable and unpredictable”. Expect to be made to think.Details: www.mkgallery.org

8 MUSICSculpture Gallery, Woburn Hotel, September 30

A night of class: The Sculpture Gallery in the grounds of Woburn Abbey will host a reception drinks with canapés, followed by a three course candlelit supper, whilst the Altamira Chamber Orchestra will bring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to life throughout the evening. Details: www.thewoburnhotel.co.uk/

9 THEATRESister Act, Milton Keynes Theatre, until October 1There’s still time to catch the hit musical, starring Alexandra Burke.Details: www.atgtickets.com/Miiltonkeynes

10 MUSICMassive, The Stables, Wavendon, October 5The hard-rocking Aussies promise a musical wrecking-ball. Just what you need to get you to the second half the week.Details: www.stables.org