Strictly star and Superman: our guide to theatre in and around MK
There's loads of theatrical events going on in and around MK over the next few days - here's our guide...
The Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, Sunday
The multi-award-winning comedy star of numerous BBC shows – including Mock The Week and his cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better – brings his follow-up live show to the intimate setting of The Stables Spiegeltent.
RICHARD DEMDOMENICI: SUPERMAN IV REDUX
MK city centre, Friday and Saturday
Elements of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, starring Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman, were filmed in Milton Keynes (which doubles as Metropolis) in 1986. Internationally renowned UK artist Richard DeDomenici has pioneered a series of witty recreations of sections of popular films around the world and now brings his Redux Project to the city to take on Superman IV.
With the help of the good citizens of Milton Keynes as cast members, Richard will reshoot key scenes from the original film during IF: 2016, the 30th anniversary of the film being made.
This will include the iconic flying scenes in front of Milton Keynes Central Station, which stood in as the United Nations building.
Royal and Derngate, Northampton, until July 16
David Walliams’ story comes to the stage. It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s so boring!
But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret, and Friday nights areabout to get a whole lot more interesting.
The Stables, Sunday
Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth – wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip – on an uproarious magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words. Whether it’s global domination or getting some nookie, you need the right words to get the right results.
The Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park, Friday
He headlined Glastonbury with Kanye West, bribed Sepp Blatter at FIFA’s headquarters with a wadge of cash, just missed being part of the England World Cup Football Squad and almost joined Manchester City FC. Catch him at his best.
AFTER MISS JULIE
Milton Keynes Theatre, July 18 to 23
As the fun-loving Trixie Franklin midwife in BBC drama Call The Midwife, Helen George was bubbly, big-hearted and beautiful. She stormed her way through to the last handful of dancers in last season’s Strictly and is now starring in After Miss Julie. Set in 1945 in an English country house, on the eve of Labour’s landslide victory at the end of the Second World War, After Miss Julie is inspired by August Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece Miss Julie. During a summer ball, the beautiful daughter of the peer who owns the house wanders into the servant’s quarters. As she flirts with her father’s handsome chauffeur, indifferent to the presence of his fiancée, what begins as game-playing ignites into passion with devastating consequences. The play is by Patrick Marber, whose credits include Dealer’s Choice, which won the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, and the huge international hit, Closer, which won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy, the Critics’ Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play and was made into a BAFTA Award-winning film in 2004. Helen George plays Miss Julie, the predatory and self-destructive Downton-esque daughter. Anthony Banks, former associate director of the National Theatre, directs.