A knight to remember at Stables

MPMC Cleo Laine and Jill Knight
MPMC Cleo Laine and Jill Knight

The stars will be out this weekend as Dame Cleo Laine hosts her 40th Christmas at The Stables.

From today (Thurs) - Saturday the event sees a revival of the late Sir John Dankworth’s pantomime Red Riding Hood, which he originally wrote to entertain Stablemates back in 1983.

The show will be studded with stars of stage, screen and politics - with names such as Maureen Lipman, Peter Fisher and Charlie Wood, along with Jacqui and Emily Dankworth on the bill.

Joining Cleo for some festive favourites and as compere will be Baroness Jill Knight.

Jill, who has long enjoyed watching Cleo’s Christmases at The Stables, gave up performing early in life for a career in politics. “It was difficult to get into Politics as a woman yonks ago”, said Jill. “especially if you were on the stage - at the time, there were just 12 women out of 650 politicians.”

“I’m involved with the Palace of Varieties with Parliament every year in aid of Macmillan. My performing certainly doesn’t mean I’ve plans to be back on the stage permanently, but I’ve always followed Cleo and most enjoy coming to The Stables with my son,” said the 91-year-old Baroness, who will be performing a song and satirical poem.

She added: “We can expect great humour and much fun to be had. I only hope I don’t get lost - I’m terrified of the roundabouts.

“I’m sure the council got a deal on a job lot and sprinkled them around Milton Keynes.”

Tickets for Cleo’s Christmas are still available for today Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s performances.

Please contact the box office on 01908

280 200 to book.