From a huge birthday party to a creepy family favourite, there's lots going on...
Feast of Fire, Central Milton Keynes, October 21
The street will be lit up by the final official event for MK50, MK’s year-long birthday celebrations. Feast of Fire has been created by world-renowned outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, who have grown artworks out of the fabric of MK. Their creative team and pyrotechnic wizards have worked with international and Milton Keynes-based artists, young people and volunteers to transform the heart of Milton Keynes. People can also enjoy Festive Road’s ingenious moving mechanical sculptures and eccentric characters, The Futurists, who will be roaming the Boulevard, while a range of live music will keep things moving.
Peter Andre, Milton Keynes Arena, Planet Ice, October 21
Peter will be bringing his full live show and performing his best-known hits including Mysterious Girl, along with his favourite swing classics supported by a live band to help celebrate MK’s 50th birthday. The event is being billed as MK’s biggest ever birthday party, with a crowd of 3,000 joining in throughout the evening, hosted by TV’s Pat Sharp.
The Addams Family, Milton Keynes Theatre, October 24 to 28
Prepare to click those fingers as everyone’s favourite ghoulish clan come to MK, starring Samantha Womack and Les Dennis. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday Addam’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. All the usual clan are present - Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.
Antigone, Stantonbury Theatre, October 19
This striking new adaptation sees Sophocles’ tragedy reimagined in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and where drones flock across the skies.
Jimmy Carr, Milton Keynes, October 22
Jimmy Carr returns with his The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour, gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.
World Music Festival, Christ The Cornerstone Church,
Musical flavours from around the world are converging on MK. She’Koyokh playing klezmer and Eastern European music using traditional instruments, while Mundo Gira are a Latino influenced band who have played festivals throughout the summer. Bollywood dancer and teacher Rachel Lawrence, Syrian singer Bilal, The Chinese Fusion Dancers and Crossroots are also on the bill. Details: www.shekoyokh.co.uk
Urban Folk Quartet, The Stables, Wavendon, October 19
Formed in 2009, the quartet have continued to forge a reputation as one of the UK’s most consistently stunning live acts, and boast four highly accomplished musicians, including BBC Folk Award nominated banjo player Dan Walsh, and Galician fiddle player Paloma Trigás.
Kwaidan, Stantonbury Theatre, October 24
Kwaidan is a cinematic and atmospheric piece for teenagers and adults, inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies, featuring life-sized puppets, humanettes, shadows, acting and videos.
The Secret Keeper, Stantonbury Theatre, October 23
Illicit affairs, theft, murder, government cover-ups and whistle-blowers: The Secret Keeper is a personal story with global consequences, billed as a political fairytale for adults .
Theatre of Hate, Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, October 25
The post-punk favourites were formed in 1980 and are having a busy 2017.