From a powerful modern theatre classic to an X Factor winner, there's much to enjoy...
War Horse, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 19 to October 6
One of the most acclaimed theatre shows of the century so far gallops in to Milton Keynes Theatre next week. War Horse has been seen by more than seven million people worldwide and completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre in March 2016. It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War, is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. The show features groundbreaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
Blackadder Goes Forth: The Final Push, Stantonbury Theatre, September 18 to 22
The Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy returns to the trenches of the First World War. Watch as Captain Edmund Blackadder prepares for the final push in the final three stories of the classic comedy.
Robert Mitchell’s Epiphany 3, The Stables, Wavendon, September 18
The award-winning and critically acclaimed pianist, composer, lyricist and true innovator presents music from his new album A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace. The music, interspersed with Robert’s poetry and spoken word, is a vivid commentary on the current times.
Chastity Brown, The Stables, Wavendon, September 20
Based in Minnesota but with roots in Tennessee and described as “an artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath”, Chastity melds folk, pop and soul.
A Vision of Elvis. Milton Keynes Theatre, September 15
Currently celebrating 10 years of touring, Rob Kingsley will take audiences on the Elvis journey from Elvismania and legendary concerts to his position as the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.
Sam Bailey, The Stables, Wavendon, September 14
The 2013 X Factor winner and gold-selling artist is once again taking to the stage to showcase her powerhouse voice. With fans across the world eagerly awaiting new music, Sam’s new material and tour is highly anticipated.
Sicknote Steve, College Arms Bar, Cranfield, September 14
A night of unadult-
erated blues is in store with arguably the UK’s finest Seasick Steve tribute – Cardiff’s Sicknote Steve. Support comes from Northampton duo Mojo Mules.
Winter Wilson, The Stables, Wavendon, September 19
Now in their sixth year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious tales of life on the road.
Ten Little Thespians, Chrysalis Theatre, Japonica Lane, Willlen Park, September 13 to 15
It’s the world premiere of this ‘why-dunnit’, presented by the Third Age Players. The Little Thespians Drama Group is left with a challenge when it comes to staging its next production, not least because of a rapidly diminishing cast. What is going on?
Maya Youssef Trio, The Stables, Wavendon, September 13
Maya Youssef is a virtuoso on the qanun, the 78-string plucked zither at the heart of Arabic music, and is known for her warmth and humour.