Ten of the best things to do in and around Milton Keynes in the next few days

Neil Hurst and Natalie Anderson in Kay Mellor's Fat Friends The Musical. Photo by Helen Maybanks
Neil Hurst and Natalie Anderson in Kay Mellor's Fat Friends The Musical. Photo by Helen Maybanks

From a cuddly musical to tense drama, there's lots to enjoy...

1 THEATRE
Fat Friends The Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre, March 5–10
The award-winning TV drama has been adapted for the stage by its creator and one of the UK’s most prolific writers, Kay Mellor, whose extensive television credits include hit series Band of Gold, The Chase, The Syndicate and In the Club. Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss, this brand new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an original musical bulging with hopes, humour and heart. Join the group of lovable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren, whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. Fat Friends offers a generous serving of hilarious fun with a sprinkle of romance on top.
Details: atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes


2 MUSIC
Albert Lee, The Stables, Wavendon, March 4
Double Grammy award winner Albert Lee returns to the UK, accompanied by his Electric Band. Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest guitarists, Albert is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice that can ‘tear it up’ rock’n’roll style.
Details: stables.org

3 THEATRE
An Evening With Aggers and Tuffers, Milton Keynes Theatre, March 4
Test Match Special’s Jonathan Agnew and Phil Tufnell promise a fascinating, entertaining, no-holds-barred evening – and you can even tweet Aggers with your own questions.
Details: atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes


4 THEATRE
The Time Machine, Stantonbury Theatre, March 2
In this new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian time traveller travels across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world – discovering the fate of our endeavours and uncovering our darkest fears.
Details: stantonburytheatre.co.uk


5 THEATRE
And Then There Were None, Turvey Village Hall, March 1–3
Agatha Christie’s best-selling thriller comes to the stage courtesy of Turvey Amateur Theatrical Society.
Details: thelittleboxoffice.com/tats


6 THEATRE
Hedda Gabler, Milton Keynes Theatre, until 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.
Details: atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes


7 THEATRE
To Helen Back, Stantonbury Theatre, March 1
To Helen Back analyses sickness, health and what it really means to recover. It’s billed as a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience, which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art.
Details: stantonburytheatre.co.uk


8 MUSIC
Danesborough Chorus, St Mary’s church, Woburn, March 3
The concert will feature four contrasting choral gems composed by Rheinberger, Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame), Britten and Tippett, taking the audience on a musical journey from the Victorian era to mid-20th century.
Details: danesborough.org.uk


9 MUSIC
Son of Town Hall, The Stables, Wavendon, March 3
Welcome to the mythical world of Ben Parker of London and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ben and David have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits and meditations about the sea.
Details: stables.org


10 MUSIC
A concert of Classical and Latin American guitar music, York House, Stony Stratford, March 3
Master of the guitar Don Perera makes a welcome return with a concert to welcome in the spring.
Details: www.wegottickets.com/event/427006