From a thrilling theatrical classic to a '90s TV star in concert, there's lots to enjoy...
Vonda Shepard, The Stables, Wavendon, February 24
Remember Ally McBeal? Well, the singer from the bar is coming to Milton Keynes. Vonda hit the US Billboard charts in 1987 when she recorded the debut Can’t We Try with Canadian singer Dan Hill. Her big break came in 1997 after she was chosen by Ally McBeal creator David E Kelley to pen the US show’s catchy theme tune Searchin’ My Soul and ended up becoming the series’ musical director and regular cast member. The Californian-born star credits her early musical influences to Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton and Chaka Khan.
Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Milton Keynes Theatre, February 25
International violinist Chloë Hanslip will make her MK debut performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Milton Keynes City Orchestra. Chloë has performed at major venues in the UK and Europe including The Royal Festival Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Paris Louvre, St Petersburg Hermitage as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre. The concert also showcases the young musicians of the MK Youth Orchestra playing Sibelius’ Finlandia side-by-side with MKCO professional musicians. The concert concludes with Elgar’s much loved Enigma Variations.
3 FAMILY THEATRE
The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales, Stantonbury Theatre, February 25
Learn how one little grey duckling went from social outcast to king of the pond, how a tiny pea helped a lonely prince find a wife, how a one-legged tin soldier embarked on an epic adventure and how an emperor ended up walking the streets with no clothes on as some of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular stories come to the stage.
Comedy Club, The Casino MK, February 22
Tony Simpson hosts a night of laughter featuring Sol Bernstein and Rudi Lickwood.
May Contain Food, May Contain You, Stantonbury Leisure Centre, February 24
Transform-ing the venue into a restaurant, the audience is invited to bring a dish and watch, savour and digest a performance of dance, theatre and song.
Mitch Benn: I’m Still Here, The Stables, Wavendon, February 22
Dubbed “the country’s leading musical satirist” by The Times, Mitch looks back over his career and ponders where he – and indeed all of us – might be going next.
We are the Lions Mr Manager, Stantonbury Theatre, February 26
The play tells is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory strike.
Details: stantonbury theatre.co.uk
Hedda Gabler, Milton Keynes Theatre, February 27 to March 3
This vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber is directed by Ivo
van Hove, one of the world’s most acclaimed directors. Just married and bored already, Hedda longs to be free. Expect an intense,
gripping and at times chillingly funny night at the theatre.
9 RETRO COMPUTING
The Commodore Story, National Museum of Computing, February 23
One for old-school computer fans, The Commodore Story is a cram-packed two-hour documentary film tracing Commodore’s evolution from the 1970s to the 1990s, from the PET, VIC-20 and Commodore 64 to the Amiga and beyond.
India Electric Co., The Stables, Wavendon, February 24
India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe to Irish traditions.