Theatre in MK: your guide to the week ahead

From top stand-up to classically English theatre comedy, there's plenty coming to the stage in MK in the next few days...

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 2:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:51 pm
Robert Powell and Liza Goddard star in the Alan Ayckbourn play Relatively Speaking

Sean LockAylesbury Waterside, Nov 14Every three years, Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. And he’s got one on the boil just now!Join the funny fella – usually found entertaining as the smart cookie on Eight out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – blithering on in the spanking new work Keep It Light.It’s a guaranteed grin inducer.www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic CutlassStantonbury Theatre, Nov 12Following the sell-out success of the first Captain Flinn adventure, the latest story of the scourge of the high seas arrives in town.When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play, their old nemesis, Mr T the Rex, appears and kidnaps the children forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants the holder any wish!The children are whisked awy for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages! Will fearless Flinn be able to outwit the pirate dinosaurs and will Pirate Pearl be brave enough to battle the dinos?As a certain comedian is famous for saying, “There’s only one way to find out!”www.stantburytheatre.co.uk

Omid DjaliliBedford Corn Exchange, November 11The award winning comedian and actor comes to Bedford as part of a whopping 109-date UK tour of his brand new show Schmuck for a Night: “I like the word ‘schmuck’. “It means ‘fool’ or buffoon. “You have to be a schmuck to do comedy in today’s climate,” Omid reckons.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

Ned Boulting’s BikeologyNorthampton Royal, November 15What drives the cyclist – apart from a sturdy, well-oiled chain – to such ecstasies of endurance? What curious, deep-rooted passions are aroused by the sight of a simple pair of padded shorts? And what on earth is a derailleur? Ned Boulting, TV presenter and journalist, has the answers.www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Steve BackshallAylesbury Waterside, November 16The wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and children’s author continues his Wild World tour.This show will take you on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his books. And there’s plenty to choose from. Suitable for wildlife loving fans of all ages.www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

Relatively SpeakingMilton Keynes Theatre November 14-19Robert Powell and Liza Goddard star in the awesome Alan Ayckbourn play Relatively Speaking when it returns to Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday.It’s a beautifully crafted and charmingly English slice of humorous theatre – and it was this piece that first bought Ayckbourn success in the West End.Greg only met Ginny a month ago, but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him.When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand.Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to these parts – Buckinghamshire – where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden...except they aren’t Ginny’s parents...Robert Powell and Liza Goddard star as Ginny and Greg in the show, which remains in MK until Saturday. Also at the venue this week, That’ll Be The Day arrives topped with lashings of Christmas spirit! The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s right through to the 80s, combined with plenty of hilarious comedy routines!www.atgtickets.com