Carnaby Street – 3rd–7th September
Carnaby Street is a stunning new musical, set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the sixties, its iconic clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters, at a time full of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible. Discover the story of Jude, a working class boy from Liverpool, new in town and armed with nothing but his guitar and his dreams of fame and fortune. This joyous production - jam-packed with classic hits including Roll Over Beethoven, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Twist and Shout, Keep on Running, Sweets for my Sweet, Mustang Sally, 5-4-3-2-1, and many more.
Ghost The Musical – 16th-28th September
Direct from the West End, the smash-hit musical Ghost comes to Milton Keynes for two weeks this September. Based on the phenomenal Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s, Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Adapted for the stage by Bruce Joel Rubin from his own Oscarwinning screenplay for the film, the amazing special effects and dazzling staging are by the multi award-winning Paul Kieve (Inner Magic Circle member) and Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus. With a score by rock legends and Grammy award winners, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson and Alanis Morrisette), and featuring the unforgettable Unchained Melody, Ghost is a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy with dazzling state-of-the-art staging
Sally Morgan – Psychic Sally On The Road – Monday 30th September
Star of Sky Living’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s favourite TV psychic, Sally Morgan returns. Often referred to as Psychic tothe Stars, she’s built up an extensive client list having read for well known faces like Katie Price, George Michael and the late Princess Diana. This unique experience will leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened, seeing is believing!
Ha Ha Holmes! – Tuesday 1st October
You’d be absolutely barking to miss this pipe-smoking new show as Holmes and Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet - hunting down The Hound of the Baskervilles! It’s elementary! It’s also downright hilarious as comedy national treasure Joe Pasquale takes on the lead role in the ultimate Sherlock Holmes spoof!
Beyond The Barricade – Wednesday 2nd October
Recreating original West End and Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Misérables and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena will thrill you with songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera and many more hit musical productions, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables!
Ready Steady Cook Live! - Friday 4th October
The nation’s favourite cookery show is coming fresh and live to Milton Keynes Theatre. Television chef Lesley Waters will bring alive on stage all the favourite ingredients of TV’s best loved cooking show. Star host Russell Grant will introduce Lesley and a guest television chef to battle out the kitchen challenge. Will ‘Green Peppers’ or ‘Red Tomatoes’ triumph? Book now to decide and vote at Ready Steady Cook Live!
The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Saturday 5th October
Under the dynamic direction of band-leader Ray McVay, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is excited to present Glenn’s AA F wartime line-up with strings! Feel an extra mellowness to timeless classics such as Moonlight Serenade. Your date with the Glenn Miller Orchestra promises to be a night you will remember forever!
The Bootleg Sixties - Sunday 6th October
Performed by The Overtures, dubbed ‘the best band of their kind in the world’ by Sir Elton John, The Bootleg Sixties encapsulates the essence of the sixties in this hit packed, epic two hour show. Pop music’s greatest decade is brought back to life with the classic fashion, newsreel and iconic video footage of the period not to mention the music including hits made famous by the biggest and best bands from the era.
Private Ear And Public Eye – 7th–12th October
Written by the acclaimed, award-winning British playwright, Sir Peter Shaffer (Amadeus, Equus) and starring Jasper Britton, Steven Blakely, Rupert Hill and Siobhan Kelly this is the first major revival in 50 years of these intimate one-act comedies – performed on the same night – gives us a fascinating window into the changing attitudes to life and love in the 60s.In The Private Ear, will reclusive Bob win the heart of the beautiful Doreen, or will slick Ted steal her away? And in The Public Eye, Charles suspects his young wife of infidelity. Can private detective Julian find the truth? Bob expects help. Charles expects proof. But in this darkly comic double bill nothing is as it seems.
English National Ballet Le Corsaire – 17th–19th October
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, the beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in ballet. English National Ballet is the first UK company to perform the complete work which showcases some of the best bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire. Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Alien 3, Star Trek Nemesis, Ai and Troy) has created new sets and costumes for this ripping period piece, an adventure story which promises unmissable entertainment and great dancing.
Barry Humphries Farewell Tour – Eat Pray Laugh! - 23rd–26th October
International Superstar Barry Humphries – whose alter egos include inebriated cultural attaché, the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, the grandfatherly Sandy Stone, and Moonee Ponds’ legendary housewife, Dame Edna Everage – opens a farewell world tour in Milton Keynes. During the all-singing, all-dancing spectacular, directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) Dame Edna promises to ‘empower’ audiences as she meditates on the big issues. ‘I’m not saying my show will heal you, but you’ll certainly leave the theatre feeling considerably better for the experience.’
Jason Manford – First World Problems – Sunday 27th October
Everybody’s favourite northern comedian promises to bring a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. Jason said, ‘I’m excited to be getting back to what I really love the most - stand up!’
People – 29th October–2nd November
Following a smash-hit run at the National Theatre, Alan Bennett’s acclaimed new comedy People tours the UK. People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the parka jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is Dorothy to do? Her archdeacon sister wants to hand the estate to the care of the National Trust, but Dorothy favours a more creative solution. People reunites Alan Bennett with director Nicholas Hytner, following their collaborations on the celebrated The History Boys and The Habit of Art.Tour cast includes recent Olivier Award-nominee Siân Phillips as Dorothy, Brigit Forsyth as Iris, Selina Cadell as June and Michael Thomas as Lumsden.
Slade And Sweet – Sunday 3rd November
Slade became one of Europe’s biggest bands in the 70s, producing a catalogue of hits that provided a soundtrack to the glam generation. Their stage performance is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure rock ‘n’ roll. Sweet are a rock music phenomena, they have sold over 55 million records and have had 34 number 1 hits including their hit Blockbuster. They still play to sell out audiences around the world.
Kindertransport 4th–9th November
In Germany, in 1939, as the clouds of war thicken, a desperate mother forces her nine year old daughter Eva onto a train, sending her out of danger and into the arms of strangers. In England, decades later, a reluctant mother prepares for the departure of her grown-up daughter Faith, as she cuts the ties of childhood. Then a chance discovery opens an unhealed wound and a long-buried secret is revealed. The bittersweet experience of every parent as they try to teach their child to survive alone, unites these women across the decades.In the year that marks the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport, this is a timely and unmissable story of love and loss, past and present and hope for the future
The Hollies - Sunday 10th November
The Hollies return to perform their classic hits! Recently honoured in to the American Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Hollies’ hallmark sound helped shape the world of Rock and Pop as we know it with hits including The Air That I Breathe; Just One Look; I Can’t Let Go; He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.
Brit Floyd P-U-L-S-E - Sunday 10th November
Brit Floyd is The ultimate Pink Floyd light and sound experience! Celebrating the music of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett, Brit Floyd features note-for-note performances of five full album sides, including Wish You Were Here, The Wall, The Division Bell, Animals and The Dark Side of the Moon. Musically perfect and visually awesome , P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd’s biggest show yet!
Balletboyz The Talent 2013 – Tuesday 12th November
Make some noise. Make some room. Here come the BalletBoyz®. Following triumphant UK and international appearances on stage and screen, this phenomenally popular company featuring 10 exceptional young dancers presents an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance. The Talent 2013 features two stunning new dance pieces by internationally celebrated choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. BalletBoyz® is one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance. Led by former Royal Ballet lead dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the company thrills audiences and critics the world over with its distinctive style
An evening with Sir Roger Moore – Wednesday 13th November
The legendary film star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his astonishing life and career. Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an extraordinary career that has included the iconic TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, the James Bond films. There will also be a unique opportunity to put your questions to Sir Roger at the end of the show.
Ed Byrne – Roaring Forties – Thursday 14th November
A self-confessed ‘miserable old git‘ since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his Forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry: ‘ I am in my Forties . HEAR ME ROAR!’
An evening of Burlesque - Friday 15th November
Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza arrives direct from London’s West End, unveiling a fresh cast of burlesque all-stars for 2013. Join a riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. It’s the slickest, wickedly wittiest, most delightfully choreographed cabaret extravaganza of the year. Dress up and come to the cabaret.
That’ll Be The Day – Brand New Christmas Show 2013 – Saturday 16th November
Get ready for a party as the UK’s most successful touring Rock ‘N’ Roll production, the legendary That’ll Be The Day returns with a brand new 2013 Christmas show. Trevor and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times with all your favourite Christmas classics and hilarious comedy routines. Join in the festive fun this Christmas!
Glyndebourne Tour 2013 – 19th–23rd November
Glyndebourne Tour 2013 brings 3 enchanting Operas, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel vividly evokes the magical world of fairy-tale with a deliciously witty and modern twist While Sung in German with English supertitles. L’elisir d’amore distils the essence of Donizetti’s most intoxicating comedy into a vintage blend of sparkling high spirits and heart-warming sentiment. While tThe Rape of Lucretia marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten a new production directed by the acclaimed actress and director, Fiona Shaw.
Soweto Gospel Choir- 10TH Anniversary Tour – Monday 25th November
Over the last 10 years Soweto Gospel Choir has bought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world and now they are coming to Milton Keynes for one night only! Be uplifted by this joyful spectacular of song and dance. Soweto Gospel Choir are heralded around the world as one of the great vocal ensembles. Along the way they have won 2 Grammys, an Emmy and an Oscar nomination and have just recorded their 6th album.
Let’s Hang On – Wednesday 27th November
Let’s Hang On captures the magic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, not only their music, but also the uniqueness of the group, whose music and everlasting popularity spanning many decades has finally been brought to icon status with the Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys. Let’s Hang On definitely captures the mood, feel and sound to produce a wonderful evening of entertainment – it’s definitely a night not to be missed!
The Vagine Monologues – Thursday 28th November
Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back with an all new, all star cast! Featuring the feisty Hollie-Jay Bowes (Hollyoaks), TV favourite Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, Loose Women) and national treasure Diane Keen (Doctors, Ruth Rendell Mysteries). An unmissable show for every generation - bring your mum, your best friend, your sister or even your gran - this is the ultimate girls night out - trust us!
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show – LIVE! Saturday 30th November
Based on the novels by Douglas Adams. Following a smash-hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker’s favourites from the original casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 6th December–12th January
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marches on to the Milton Keynes Theatre stage this Christmas and brings with it some very familiar faces! Leading the fun and frivolity is one of the UK ’s ‘biggest’ exports, Hollywood superstar Warwick Davis! Known to millions from his roles in Star Wars, Harry Potter and Willow, Warwick has most recently been seen on our TV screens in Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s hilarious BBC comedy series Life’s Too Short and Idiot Abroad 3. Back by popular demand Kev Orkian returns to tickle the funny bones of Milton Keynes following his rave reviews as Buttons in Cinderella, whilst star of Les Misérables in the West End, Shaun Dalton joins them as our dashing Prince Charming. With more star casting still to be announced, this year’s spectacular pantomime is going to be our biggest ever!
Coming soon from January 2014 – on sale now:
Priscilla – 20th–25th January
Matthew Bournes Swan Lake - 28th January–1st February
Wicked – 4th February – 8th March
Welsh National Opera (La Traviata/Manon Lescaut/Boulevard Solitude) – 11th–15th March
Compagnie Käfig’s Boxe Boxe – 25th-26th March
Derren Brown’s Infamous – 14th–19th April
Tonight’s the Night – The Rod Stewart Musical - 21st–26th April
West Side Story – 3rd–14th June
Dirty Dancing – 21st–8th November