REVIEW: The Addams Family – they are creepy and they’re kooky… a solid transition from screen to stage

The cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Pamela Raith Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 11 January 2022 Reviewer: Ely King Star Rating: ★★★1/2 The Addams Family is a truly cult-classic creation. After rising to popularity in the ’60s, The Addams Family have spanned comics, TV series, and movies alike, securing their spot as one of the most well-known ‘spooky-comedies’.  The […]

REVIEW: Hairspray – a high-octane celebration of individuality and inclusion

Hairspray UK Tour Production Image – Photography by Mark Senior Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 16 November 2021 Reviewer: Ely King Star Rating: ★★★★1/2 Based on the film written by John Waters, Hairspray dances onto Milton Keynes’ for the week as part of their UK Tour. With the beginning of the tour running in parallel […]

REVIEW: Waitress the Musical UK Tour – a delectable slice of musical theatre perfection

WAITRESS Tour Lucie Jones as Jenna, Sandra Marvin as Becky, Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 04 October 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ Waitress the Musical is the quintessential tale of a small-town girl with big dreams. Gifted pie-maker Jenna is trapped in an abusive marriage working in a local diner. […]

REVIEW: Bedknobs and Broomsticks – bold, effervescent, and joyous escapism

Bedknobs and Broomsticks, photo Johan Persson Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 16 September 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ For adults of a certain age, the words treguna mekoides trecorum satis dee are synonymous with their childhood. For many, along with Disney’s first live-action and animation hybrid, Mary Poppins; Bedknobs and Broomsticks holds a special place […]

REVIEW: Looking Good Dead – a formidable adaptation of the Peter James novel

Adam Woodyatt and Gaynor Faye as Tom and Kellie Bryce in Looking Good Dead Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Writer:  Original by Peter James, adapted by Shaun McKenna Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer:   Ely King Star Rating: ★★★1/2 Looking Good Dead, a new play adapted from the book by no.1 best-selling author Peter James, begins its weeklong residence […]

REVIEW: Rocky Horror Show – the post lockdown party we all need

Rocky Horror Show World Tour – Image by David Freeman Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 03 August 2021 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ You don’t need to tell anyone associated with the theatre what a challenging 18 months it’s been. Finally, after months of uncertainty, Milton Keynes Theatre has flung open its doors to audiences […]

REVIEW: Peter Pan Goes Wrong – The worst production of Peter Pan you will ever see – and that is why it’s perfect

Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Image: Contributed Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 04 February 2020 Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields (Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie) Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Sam Dunning Star Rating: ★★★★★ In 1904 the first-ever production of Peter Pan was staged. J. M. Barrie’s pantomime (that wasn’t actually a pantomime […]