REVIEW: Once UK Tour – incredibly talented musicians save what could be a confusing & unfamiliar format for some

Emma Lucia as Girl and Daniel Healy as Guy - Once UK Tour - Photo: Mark Senior Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 17 February 2020 Writers: Enda Walsh (Book), Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (Music & Lyrics), John Carney (Motion Picture) Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Sam Dunning Star Rating:...

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...

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,...

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...

REVIEW: Glyndebourne Tour 2019: Rinaldo – a refreshing interpretation of a lesser known gem

Rinaldo (Jakub Józef Orliński) with Siren 2 (Emma Kerr), Woman (Sofia Larsson) and Siren 1 (Madison Nonoa-Horsefield) Photo Credit: Robbie Jack Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 15 November 2019 Star Rating: ★★★★ Reviewer: Alexia Anderson Written in 1711, Handel’s Rinaldo is set during the First Crusade of 1099. It was the first Italian...

REVIEW: Kinky Boots – Laughter, tears, music, dance & endless fun, all shoe-horned into two sparkling hours…

The cast of Kinky Boots – UK Tour 2019 – Photo by Helen Maybanks Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 29 October 2019 Star Rating: ★★★★ Reviewer: Sam Dunning Many modern musicals showcase music and lyrics written by famous performers. From pop stars to rock groups, the involvement of already well-known and successful musicians...

REVIEW: The Exorcist – Visual effects & the central role turn heads, but other areas lack the same quality

The Exorcist 2019 UK Tour - Image Contributed Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 08 October 2019 Star Rating: ★★1/2 Reviewer: Sam Dunning In 1971 William Peter Blatty wrote a best-selling novel based on the supposedly true events of a child possessed by the devil. He adapted his book into an award winning, yet...

REVIEW: The Entertainer – Shane Richie shines in a play of two halves

The Entertainer - Shane Richie as Archie Price Photo Credit Helen Murray Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: 02 September 2019 Reviewer: Sam Dunning Star Rating: ★★1/2 Written and set in 1956 by John Osborne, the original iteration of The Entertainer takes place in Britain during the Suez Crisis. It...

NEWS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MKT; YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD!

It’s hard to believe but, 25 years ago, Milton Keynes Theatre was no more than a twinkle in the town planner’s eye. But in just a few weeks’ time, on October 4th, it will be 20 years exactly since the curtain rose on the first professional show in front of...