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 […]

English National Ballet Announces World Premiere Tour

Tamara Rojo – Photo Credit: Karolina Kuras Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, will create a new version of the classic 19th-century ballet, Raymonda, after Marius Petipa. Marking her first foray into choreography and direction, Rojo adapts the three-act production for today’s audiences, revisiting this important but rarely performed work of the […]

REVIEW: An Inspector Calls – Creative reproduction of a classic is sometimes a little confusing, but extremely entertaining

An Inspector Calls Tour – Image: Contributed Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 21 January 2020 Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Sam Dunning Star Rating: ★★★1/2 1945 saw the first iteration of already well respected and successful J B Priestley‘s new play, An Inspector Calls. It immediately became a favourite and it’s blunt and […]

REVIEW: A perfectly relaxing couple of hours of escapism for the whole family

The Snowman – Photo Credit: Herbie Knott Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 15 January 2020 Star Rating: ★★★ Reviewer: Gemma Fincher The Snowman is a quintessential part of British history and it’s doubtful that anyone in the land will be unfamiliar with it. It may be a dank and dull January, but The Snowman is going […]

REVIEW: Aladdin – Run, don’t walk to this outstanding festive, frolic of a panto

Lee Mead, Joe Pasquale, Debra Michaels and David Robbins in Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre – Image: Contributed Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 11 December 2019 Star Rating: ★★★★★ Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Come panto season, Milton Keynes Theatre can always be relied upon to pull out all the stops and deliver a gold-plated production. This year is no […]