Theatre in MK: your guide to the week ahead

From classic comedy to a beloved musical, there's plenty going on around Milton Keynes in the coming week...

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 4:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 6:00 pm
Round the Horne at Stantonbury Theatre

Puccini La Boheme

Aylesbury Waterside, October 20

The tragic tale of doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.

The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a local brass band, snow effects and Muzetta’s dog. “Authentic, tender and passionate” declared a scribe for the Daily Telegraph, post-performance.

Round the Horne

Stantonbury Theatre,

October 20

With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters such as Rambling Side Rumpo, Charles and Fiona, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, and Julian and Sandy, Round the Horne was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today – half a century later.

It’s not too late to snap up a ticket for tonight’s performance, and it’ll be the perfect way to sign off for the evening. Take a step back in time to the Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic in the live.

We should make mention that the scripts have been penned by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, so that’s your assurance of quality, right there!

Tickets for the show, delivered by the Apollo Theatre Company, are £15.

Verdi Aida

Aylesbury Waterside, October 21

Starring the international French soprano Olga Perrier, this tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge is traditionally staged, featuring a temple dance and the classic Triumphal March with cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers. “Visually and vocally gripping,” says The Independent

Steve Backshall

Northampton Derngate,

October 21

Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer and naturalist Steve will take you on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his books. As expected, it’s a wild journey illustrated with photos and films from the Arctic to the Antarctic. An all ages show.

Marcus Brigstocke

Northampton Royal, October 20

“I was born with a long face and now there’s UKIP andPutin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and tax dodging corporations and the election, and did I mention being single?’ says Marcus. Clearly this show by one of Britain’s finest comedians will be packed with produce!


MK Theatre October 24-29

Feline focused smash hit musical Cats returns from Monday.

Back on tour after sell-out success at the London Palladium, the record-breaking show is the outstanding work of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Trevor Nunn, designer John Napier and director-choreographer Gillian Lynne.

These talented creatives blew theatre-goers away with their purr-fect combination of innovative dance, beautiful music and charming verse when the production made its West End debut in 1981.

Associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne said: “It was a miracle that it caught everyone’s imagination as it did.

“It really was to our total amazement that it not only did well, it did better than any other show at the time and for such a long time afterwards. And here we are now, still bringing Cats to audiences today.

“People see it and just fall in love with it. I’ve had people tell me they saw Cats years and years ago and now they are returning with their children to share the Cats experience with them. How lovely.”

The beloved musical all about moggies is quite simply the cat’s whiskers so we definitely recommend getting your paws on one of the remaining tickets!

Call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit