From a smash-hit musical to manic magical fun, there's lots to enjoy...
Pinocchio, Stantonbury Theatre, January 26 and 27
In a small Italian village of Cappuchino, a puppet maker, Gepetto, has a dream to father a real son. Gepetto expresses his wishes to the Good Fairy and his dream comes true. Gepetto’s apprentice, Jimminy Cricket, tries to keep Pinocchio safe from harm, but fails when the circus comes to town. Discover whether Pinocchio will see right from wrong and make it home. Expect laughs and pantomime farce with a moral twist, directed by Georgia Tillery from Black Sheep Collective CIC.The show is presented by Stagestruck Youth Theatre.
Wolf Hall Live, The Stables, Wavendon, January 28
Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel, Wolf Hall, was transformed into a riveting six-part drama by the BBC to huge acclaim in 2015. It had an unforgettable score, composed by Debbie Wiseman and performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London. This concert sees Debbie and the Ensemble perform selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, read by Anton Lesser, who played Thomas More in the BBC series.
Eduardo Niebla, The Stables, Wavendon, January 25
Hailed by The Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing”, Eduardo Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and master of today’s generation. Eduardo has traversed the worlds of jazz, classical and world music.
Food For Thought, The Gallery, Stantonbury Campus, January 27
It’s a free extravaganza of live music, poetry and short film in aid of Milton Keynes Foodbank. Performers include Pat Nicholson, Neil Beardmore, Caroline Davies, John Marshall, Martin Small and Julie Williams. It’s presented by creative collective Sound Bites.
Morgan & West, Stantonbury Theatre, January 28
Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a brand new marvellous magic show, full of crazy capers for the young, old and everyone in-between. Expect the unexpected and believe the unbelievable.
Jersey Boys, Milton Keynes Theatre, until February 3
Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Bye Bye Baby and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
Sultans of String, The Stables, Wavendon, January 30
Sultans of String have won awards and thrilled audiences across the world with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms. Details: stables.org
Andy Zaltzman, The Stables, Wavendon, January 26
Andy Zaltzman, half of the duo behind global hit podcast, The Bugle, returns with his uniquely interactive show, giving audiences the chance to have the issues they care about satirised to order by one of Britain’s leading political comedians.
The Thing That Came From Over There, Stantonbury Theatre, January 30
Inspired by the horror movies of the 1950s, this is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths, all set in 1912.
Martyn Joseph, The Stables, Wavendon, January 27
One of Britain’s favourite live performers returns. He’s renowned for his percussive guitar playing and has been called the Welsh Springsteen, his songs often bristling with political passion.