From a hit TV show coming to life on stage to classic ballet, there's plenty to enjoy...
Benidorm - Live, Milton Keynes Theatre, until October 20
It’s the stage production of the hugely popular TV show, with an all-new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members, including Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth). ITV’s smash-hit comedy celebrates a decade of fun, having followed the ensemble cast of holidaymakers and staff for 10 series since it first broadcast in 2007. Critically acclaimed, Benidorm has received two National Television Awards a TV Quick Award and nominations at the British Comedy Awards and Baftas. The stage production is written by Derren Litten, who also penned the TV series. He said: “I’m first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly frustrated I couldn’t hear the audience’s laughter. This national tour of Benidorm Live will not only make a long lasting dream come true but will also mean I no longer have to stand in strangers’ gardens listening at their windows at 9 o’clock on cold winter evenings.”
Jackson Live in Concert, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 21
CJ is one of the most experienced Michael Jackson tribute artists in the world today. He’s joined on the stage by his band and dancers who work their way through all the hits.
Manon, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 24 to 27
English National Ballet bring a classic masterpiece to Milton Keynes Theatre, by one of Britain’s leading choreographers. Famous for its expressive choreography and dramatic challenge, Manon features some of the most demanding and fulfilling roles in ballet, bringing period drama to life through dance. The tragic romance tells the tale of the young and naïve Manon, torn between two lives: privilege and opulence with the wealthy Monsieur GM, or innocent love with the penniless student Des Grieux. Wanting it all will be her downfall. Aristocrats, beggars, courtesans and harlots fill the stage to take you from debauchery in 18th-century Paris to a desolate Louisiana swamp, and share with you one of British ballet’s most dramatic stories.
Manon is accompanied by French composer Jules Massenet’s haunting music, performed live.
Emily Barker, The Stables, Wavendon, October 22
Emily Barker is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Emily’s latest album, Sweet Kind of Blue, was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang.
Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, The Stables, Wavendon. October 21
Bay City Roller frontman Les McKeown tells the story of how five guys from Edinburgh became a worldwide pop sensation. Les and his four-piece band perform songs that influenced the original group as well as all the hits.