From a modern classic to comedy favourites, there's plenty to enjoy...
Rich Hall’s Hoedown, The Stables, Wavendon, September 30
There has rarely been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK, and Rich Hall promises a precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries. There’s stand-up, improvised ballad and cracking good musicianship.
War Horse, Milton Keynes Theatre, until October 6
One of the most acclaimed theatre shows of the century so far has galloped in to Milton Keynes Theatre. 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 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.
Re:Production, Stantonbury Theatre, October 1
Karen and Tom met and married when they were really young. They’re grown-ups now – and perhaps it’s time to join the club. Their friends are painting the box room sunset yellow and waking up before midday on Saturdays. Flexible working hours, sleepless nights, baby yoga, PTA meetings, toddler football – it’s what they want, isn’t it?
SanRemo, The Stables, Wavendon, September 29
Enjoy an evening of good music and fun to support three great local causes. On the bill are The Upwood Ukuleles, a fun-time band with a twist on popular songs, Thornton College, which showcases young talent with great arrangements of the latest sounds, and SanRemo,a talented band of local artists returning to The Stables to perform covers from the 1960s right up to the present day. It’s in support of Harry’s Rainbow, Magpas Air Ambulance and Willen Hospice.
Lee Hurst: Mucking About, The Stables, Wavendon, September 28
Having earned his stripes more than 20 years ago as a circuit comic, Lee was quickly promoted to being a regular face on comedy panel shows, including They Think It’s All Over and Have I Got News For You, which is how he became a household name.
Macbeth, Stantonbury Theatre, September 26
A couple’s ambition consumes the kingdom of Scotland. A king’s mind is poisoned by prophecy, power and paranoia. A nation is led to the slaughter. To protect their world, those who lose the most must rise the highest. It’s presented by Merely Theatre, known for creating energetic, crystal clear Shakespeare productions.
An Evening of Eric & Ern, The Stables, Wavendon, October 2
Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel present this loving homage. It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s best-loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest.
Much Ado About Nothing, Stantonbury Theatre,
Merely Theatre’s second production of the week is Shakespeare’s story of love, war, laughter, marriage and madness .
Bismillah!, Stantonbury Theatre, October 2
Bismillah! is a comical and heartbreaking contribution to the discussion around the experiences of disenfranchised young people in modern Britain.
The Oresteia, Stantonbury Theatre, October 3
Splendid Productions present an epic tale of family, history, vengeance and honour in a story nearly as old as theatre.