Theatre round up: Our guide to theatre in and around Milton Keynes

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl
Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Our guide to events at theatres in and around Milton Keynes.

The Magnificent Music Hall

Northampton Royal, February 23

The Paper Moon Theatre Company hit the ‘fampton stage again by popular demand. Join them on a journey to the glorious and glamorous heyday of British Music Hall – a truly golden era where an eloquently waistcoated chairman will introduce the artists from BBC TVs The Good Old Days. Victoriana at its best...

Stantonbury Theatre, February 28 - March 4

If you are looking for a great knight out, you can stop right here – we’ve got what you’ll want! Stantonbury Theatre is being taken over by ETC Theatre Company from Tuesday evening for a grin inducing run of the Monty Python classic comedy musical, Spamalot. Where else might you find dismembered knights, shrubberies, taunting Frenchmen and a killer rabbit with a vicious streak a mile wide, alongside toe-tapping tunes and great dance routines?

The film upon which it is based opened in cinemas on April 9, 1975, and what better way to celebrate its 31 year, 10 month and 20 day anniversary than by putting on its musical counterpart for all to see?!

It’s not a fib when we say that tickets are going quickly, so take heed and go book!
Shazia Mirza

Northampton Royal, February 28

The Kardashians Made Me Do It is a show inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which received a record number of complaints. She looks at politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS...
David O’Doherty

The Stables, February 28

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present a brand new show of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

As seen and heard on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Unbelievable Truth for BBC Radio 4. Tickets are scant.
Sean McLoughlin

The Stables, February 23

There’s panic on the streets. Terrorists, politicians and Kardashians have made the human race hell-bent on its own self-destruction.

Luckily, Sean has been hitting the self-destruction button his whole life and might just have the experience to get us all through this fog.
Funny Girl

Milton Keynes Theatre, February 28-March 4

It has already enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs, and now Funny Girl is closing in on Milton Keynes.

The role that made a star of Barbra Streisand some 50 years ago now has the insanely talented Sheridan Smith in the lead role.

It boasts some of the most iconic songs from the stage and screen too, including Don’t Rain on my Parade.

Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Price, whose vocal talents and comedic ability saw her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.

Sheridan will reprise her performance as Fanny Price, which adds to her taut CV of wonderful stage moments - including roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Legally Blonde and Hedda Gabbler.

Talk about variety being the spice of (stage) life, ‘an all that!

Of course her small screen appearances have been every inch as favourable and varied - from emotionally charged The C Word and Cilla to Mrs Biggs and Gavin and Stacey. Earlier this month she took on the gritty true story of Shannon Matthews, and played another blinder. She is now being called a ‘national treasure,’ with regularity, and it is entirely deserved.