Theatre: Your guide to what's going on in and around Milton Keynes
What's going on at theatres in and around Milton Keynes
Settle back for the screening of the classic film starring Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. A host will lead a vocal warm-up and show you how to use your magic moments fun packs, then you sing along to the lyrics on the screen. Fancy checking in as a pink lady?
Fancy dress is encouraged.
Why the Whales Came
Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman.
But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island.
Multi-award winning storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo, the man responsible for War Horse.
He’s a fan of Danyah too, saying she is “...a storytelling phenomenon. It will be a theatrical tour de force, that’s for sure.”
Suitable for little folks aged seven years and up, the hour long show starts at 1.3opm.
The Giant’s Loo Roll
Grove Theatre, Dunstable October 15
Bumpety! Bumpety-Bump! A giant’s toilet roll one day fell to the floor and flew away. Watch out for the biggest loo roll ever seen on a stage in this children’s musical! The villagers living below the Giant’s house had better watch out - his loo roll is bouncing down the hill towards them...
Jimeoin: Renonsence Man
An evening of brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up from the internationally acclaimed star of television shows including Live at The Apollo and Sunday Night at the Palladium.
A chance to see Ireland’s own ‘Witruvian Man.’
Orion and the Dark
Orion is scared of more or less everything – of wasps and monsters, sheds and storms, spiders and heights....but the one thing that scares him more than anything else is his fear of the dark. Join Orion as he faces his biggest fear and finds ou the dark is friendly!
Milton Keynes Theatre
Smash hit musical Footloose has burst back onto the stage in 2016, and arrives here from Monday. Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, it tells the story of Ren, a city boy who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks loose as Ren soon has the whole town up on its feet.
Gareth Gates is making a welcome return to these parts to star in the work as Willard, and he’ll be joined by Nolan sister Maureen, in the role of Vi Moore. When the film was released in 1984, it became the highest-grossing February release in US film history, and the accompanying soundtrack did the business too – ending the year-long reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
It eventually racked up worldwide sales in excess of 17 million. No matter how you look atit, that’s big business. More than three decades since Footloose first wowed, and it’s back to do the same again. Times have changed, but this piece of work remains the same as it ever was – bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.
If that makes you excited, you are in for a real treat this coming week. Tickets start at £17.50 with shows nightly, and matinees on Saturday and Wednesday.