Here's our guide of 10 things to do in and around Milton Keynes this week.
Funny Girl, Milton Keynes Theatre, February 28 to March 4
Sheridan Smith, familiar to millions through her acclaimed TV performances in everything from The Royle Family to The Moorside, takes to the stage in the acclaimed musical Funny Girl. The show enjoyed record-breaking sold-out runs in London before heading out on tour. Funny Girl boasts some of the most popular songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. Described by The Times as “iconic, legendary, laugh-out-loud,” it tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.
Tenors UnLimited, The Stables, Wavendon, February 25
The chaps embark on their 10th anniversary tour with an evening of classical crossover melodies and impressive vocal harmonies. Encompassing some of the best works from Bizet to Puccini, Bublé to Bocelli, this evening promises quite a musical journey.
Milton Keynes City Orchestra, The Venue MK, February 24
The orchestra presents the second in its MK50 Celebration series, with Craig Ogden as guitar soloist in the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez which has a secure place in the Classic FM Hall of Fame rankings. The evening’s programme begins and ends with a symphony, adding further steps in the orchestra’s exploration of the great works of Beethoven and his mentor, Haydn.
Spamalot, Stantonbury Theatre, February 28 to March 4
The comedy musical favourite Spamalot comes to the venue. Adapted from the original screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this hilarious musical from Eric Idle and John Du Prez takes classic scenes from the film and creates a comedy musical journey through Arthurian England. It’s presented by MK’s own ETC Theatre.
Seann Walsh, The Stables, Wavendon, March 1
Described by the Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation”, the ‘Lie-in King’
returns with a new show. With a keen observational mind, Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy.
Improv Night, MK Gallery, February 23
Enjoy an open session for musicians, sound artists and non-musicians interested in exploring improvisation.
Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson, The Stables, Wavendon, February 26
The pair embark on their debut duo acoustic tour, featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. They’ll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues and from artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their new album Weir Keeper’s Tale, all intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers.
Dr Feelgood, The Stables, Wavendon, February 24
The hard-edged r’n’b heroes have enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Milk and Alcohol, Roxette and Down at the Doctors. The current line-up features Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band, and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years.
David O’Doherty, The Stables, Wavendon, February 28
He’s described as the ‘Aldi Bublé’, and now presents a brand new show of talking and songs played on a rubbish keyboard from 1986. David’s comedy has been nominated for best-show awards at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and he spent last summer on tour around America with Flight of the Conchords.
Lisbee Stainton, The Stables, Wavendon, March 1
The singer-songwriter has 19 years of songwriting under her belt, released four studio albums and has performed all over the UK, Europe and Scandinavia supporting artists such as Joan Armatrading, Seth Lakeman, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack, Paul Brady and Judy Collins.