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SUMMER 2010 Public booking opens Fri 19 Mar 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

comes to Milton Keynes Tue 21 Sep - Sat 9 Oct


Welcome

Elizabeth Adlington Chief Executive

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★★★★

‘Perfection. Ridiculously Enjoyable’ The Independent

Welcome to our second season brochure of 2010. We have had a fantastic start to the New Year with the Spring season’s selection of shows, and I am delighted to say that this will continue throughout the summer months.

One Night Shows

Highlights this summer include chart-topping tenor Jonathan Ansell in Whistle Down the Wind, Milton Keynes Theatre favourite Paul Nicholas who returns to star in the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance, and Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity who are sure to provide a breathtaking evening for the whole family to enjoy.

Strictly Tap Dance Fever

I am also delighted to announce that for the first time this autumn we will be presenting one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, English National Ballet. From its origins in the 1950s the Company has committed itself to taking classical ballet of the highest quality to the widest audience and we are thrilled that they will be bringing Shakespeare’s most famous love story Romeo and Juliet to us here in Milton Keynes. The annual Pantomime is always a highlight for Milton Keynes Theatre and this year will be no exception with a new production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Featuring brand-new sparkling sets, live music and an outstanding cast to be announced, I’m sure there has never ‘bean’ a Panto quite like this at the Theatre before. In other news, we have been working towards a new Creative Learning programme. Adults, teachers, schools, businesses and children can now all benefit from our variety of educational workshops and fun activities – please ensure you have a look at pages 26 & 27. Our annual dance show MKT Raw has also been given a make-over and we are pleased to announce we will be developing the project in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures. I would like to thank you for your continuing support of Milton Keynes Theatre and I very much value your feedback on all aspects of your visit to MKT. Many of you do get in touch, so please continue to email me with your comments at elizabethadlingtonmkt@theambassadors.com

FRIENDS PRIORITY ALLOCATION

I look forward to welcoming you back to the Theatre very soon.

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Whistle Down the Wind 26 Apr - 1 May

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The Pirates of Penzance 11 - 15 May

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The History Boys 17 - 22 May

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Stepping Out 1 - 5 Jun

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Laughter in the Rain 7 - 12 Jun

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Witness for the Prosecution 14 - 19 Jun

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Oklahoma! 29 Jun - 3 Jul

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Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals 5 - 8 Jul

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Bedroom Farce 12 - 17 Jul

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Peppa Pig 21 & 22 Jul

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Diversity 23 & 24 Jul

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Quartet 26 - 31 Jul

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The Country Girl 23 - 28 Aug

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Coming Soon

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MK Gallery

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Community Events

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MKCO

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Savoy Theatre, London Book on 0844 8717633 or online at

Creative Learning

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Booking Information

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Corporate Members

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Cover image: Hairspray from 2009 London production. This page: ENB Romeo & Juliet production shot.


One Nighters Girls Night

Jane McDonald

Sun 30 May 7.30pm

Mon 19 Jul 7.30pm

Grab your girlfriends, your sisters, your workmates and prepare to laugh, cry and dance in the aisles like never before!

Don’t miss a magical evening of music and laughter with Britain’s favourite diva Jane McDonald.

Written by Louise Roche, this brilliantly down to earth musical comedy follows five friends as they relive their past on an hilarious karaoke night out.

This amazing event will feature many of the best-loved songs from the international recording artist and television star’s fabulous repertoire, accompanied by her brilliant musicians and backing singers.

Bursting with energy and packed with every girlie anthem you can think of, including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and many more, Girls Night is an unforgettable night of entertainment!

The Armstrong & Miller Show Sun 17 Oct 5pm & 8pm

SOLD OUT

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Starring Gilson Lavis, Alison Moyet, Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall

SOLD OUT

Mon 21 Jun 8pm Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra come to Milton Keynes Theatre for the very first time and promise deliver the ultimate party atmosphere. A must-see event for fans across the country.

Following the resounding success of their BAFTA-nominated Armstrong and Miller Show, Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong will be coming to Milton Keynes Theatre for one night only. With their usual mix of the beautifully observed and the utterly barmy, Ben and Xander will be performing a parade of characters from their extensive dressing-up box and wig-store. The performance contains strong language.

Colin Fry - Free Spirit

One Night in Vegas

Sun 24 Oct 7.30pm

Fri 9 Jul 7.30pm

Don’t miss one of the most celebrated psychic mediums, Colin Fry, as he delivers messages of love and comfort in his brand-new Free Spirit show. Be stunned by his breathtaking accuracy and compassion in this all-new show as he conducts an evening of intimate communication with your loved ones.

A concert-style show featuring music from Phantom of the Opera, Copacabana, Dreamgirls and classics from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elton John, Elvis and Barry Manilow. Singer/ songwriter Martyn Lucas is accompanied by live musicians from the famous British Philharmonic Orchestra.

Evenings of mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposes only.

Sing-a-Long-a High School Musical 3

John Bishop

Sat 10 Jul 2.30pm

Sun 21 Nov 7.30pm

A screening of the classic film with subtitles on-screen so you can sing along to every word. With free goody bags, fancy dress and our live host to lead you through all the magic moments, you are guaranteed a great time. But it’s when you, the audience, take over that the fun really begins!

For one night only the multi-award winning comedian and star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, Skins, Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, performs his brand new show.

High School Musical 3 tells the story of Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) in their senior year struggling with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a musical to address their hopes and fears.

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New performance time added by popular demand!

‘Bishop has funny bones’ The Times

‘A gloriously gifted storyteller’ Evening Standard Recommended for ages 14+

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‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best show since Phantom’

‘No matter what - don’t miss this musical triumph’

Daily Telegraph

Evening Mail

★★★★

starring the No.1 chart-topping tenor

‘Ansell has the X Factor to whistle up a storm his voice is piercingly brilliant and his acting is equally impressive’

Jonathan Ansell from X Factor sensation G4

Daily Express

‘Hugely entertaining with a gripping tear-jerker of a finale that had the first night audience on their feet, cheering’ Wolverhampton Adnews

Bill Kenwright presents

Whistle Down the Wind is a truly inspiring musical that reveals how powerful love can be when the innocence of childhood collides with the cynicism of the adult world. In a twist of fate the bright-eyed and youthful Swallow discovers a mysterious man hiding in her family’s barn. When she asks for his identity the first words he utters are ‘Jesus Christ’ and it’s as though her prayers have been answered. While the rest of the townspeople are searching for a fugitive escaped from jail, Swallow gathers the town’s children who make a pact to protect their new found saviour from the cruelties of the outside world. Jonathan Ansell, who won the heart of the nation as lead vocalist in X Factor runners-up G4, stars as The Man in this, his musical debut. Music by

Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by

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An extraordinary and uplifting tale about the transforming power of love, Whistle Down the Wind is based on the beloved sixties film starring Hayley Mills. This record-breaking theatrical sensation is a stunning combination of powerful all new staging, epic storytelling and multi-award-winning songs including Boyzone’s international hit No Matter What. Previous cast photographs

‘Simply superb go and see it’ Evening Chronicle

Mon 26 Apr - Sat 1 May Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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LAVISH REVIVAL OF THE CLASSIC MUSICAL DIRECT FROM THE WEST END

FROM THE CREATORS OF SPIRIT OF THE DANCE

‘Pure and simple tap dance heaven’ New York Post

‘The most exciting dance show in years’

Paul Nicholas stars in

Gilbert and Sullivan’s

New York Post

‘Visually delicious production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s pirate nonsense’ The Times

‘A real G&S treat’ The London Metro Strictly Tap Dance Fever takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the greatest tap dance moments in show business history. Starting in the era when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were the stars of the day, the show tap dances its way through history, thrilling and exciting audiences with the vibrant tap dance styles that entertained generations. Featuring tap dance highlights from 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain and A Chorus Line, all performed with unique twists moving right up to date with modern tap routines. This awesome, original show leaves audiences shouting for more. Strictly Tap Dance Fever brings the glitz and glamour of tap dance into the 21st century. This dynamic production is smashing box office records on its international tour and is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre for one week only. 8

Tue 4 - Sat 8 May Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue eve, Wed mat & eve £3 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

Paul Nicholas recreates the role he made famous, starring as the Pirate King in this lively rendition of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas supported by full cast and orchestra. Orphaned pirates, flat-footed policemen and a bevy of blushing beauties (the daughters of Major General Stanley) are the perfect ingredients for a fabulous feast of Gilbert and Sullivan. Elegantly recreating the original period settings and costumes, this acclaimed production combines Sullivan’s ever-popular and sparkling score with what has to be the most topsy-turvy of all Gilbert’s plots. Venture with us into the swashbuckling world of Frederic the pirate apprentice, who – born on February 29th in a leap year – won’t ‘come of age’ until he is 84!

Tue 11 - Sat 15 May Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue £5 off, Wed £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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‘Blissfully funny. In short, a superb, life-enhancing play’

★★★★★ Guardian

THE AWARD-WINNING HIT COMEDY BY RICHARD HARRIS

‘Comedy of the year’ Evening Standard

‘Hilarious’ Glasgow Herald

★★★★ What’sOnStage

★★★★ Manchester Evening News

By Alan

Bennett

One of the great plays of the decade, The History Boys is set in a school in the North of England where a boisterous bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys are attempting to gain entrance to Oxford and Cambridge whilst fending off the distractions of sport and sex. In Alan Bennett’s much-loved play, staffroom battles and the anarchy of adolescence provide a rich vein of comedy. The History Boys opened in May 2004 at the National Theatre to rave reviews and a sell-out run and went on to become one of their biggest ever hits, winning no less than 30 major awards including both Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play. In 2005, a film was made with the entire original cast, many of whom have subsequently become household names. This will be the first major revival of the play since the original National Theatre production. Alan Bennett is one of the most distinctive voices in British theatre. Wry and tender, his impeccably-observed plays include Talking Heads, Single Spies, Forty Years On, Habeas Corpus, The Madness of George III and The Lady in the Van.

‘Deeply affecting. Deliciously funny’ Time Out 10

‘One of the finest plays Alan Bennett has ever written. This is a wonderful evening, as heart catching as it is hilarious’

Starring

Brian Capron & Anita Harris

Daily Telegraph

Mon 17 - Sat 22 May Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed and Sat mats 2.30pm TalkBack Free Pre-show talk Thu 6.30 - 7pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

In a dusty church hall, ex-professional dancer Mavis Turner holds her weekly tap class. Every Thursday, in stumbles her well-intentioned but not overly talented troupe – the awkward but hugely enthusiastic Lynne, snooty Vera, streetwise Maxine and the rest of the group – all brought together to dance as if no-one is watching, and hopefully no-one ever will! That’s until they’re invited to perform at a charity gala. As disbelief is replaced by sheer terror, can this bunch of amateurs pull together and put on the performance of a lifetime? Starring Brian Capron, known to millions for his award-winning portrayal of the sinister Richard Hillman in Coronation Street and Anita Harris, one of the brightest singing sensations of the ’60s who famously set pulses racing as Nurse Clarke in Carry On Doctor, this hilariously funny and heart-warming play proves that in dancing as in life, it’s always better to follow your own tune.

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Jun Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue £5 off, Wed eve £3 off & Thu mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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THE SINGER, THE SONGWRITER, THE SURVIVOR - THE LEGEND! Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present

The Neil Sedaka Story

THE GREATEST THRILLER FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME The inspirational story featuring all his classic hits:

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Laughter In The Rain, Oh! Carol, Amarillo (Is This The Way To), Solitaire, Love Will Keep Us Together, Calendar Girl, Little Devil, King Of Clowns, Stairway To Heaven, I Go Ape, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

BILL KENWRIGHT by special arrangement with AGATHA CHRISTIE LTD presents

HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS DENIS LILL BEN NEALON ROBERT DUNCAN JENNIFER WILSON PETER BYRNE and MARK WYNTER star in

The Gazette

‘A company that clearly understands and loves Christie’s work’

and many more ‘With scores of hit singles and countless platinum and gold records spanning a career of more than four decades, Neil Sedaka is, in every sense of the word, a star’ Evening News From the producers of smash hit Rock n Roll musical Dreamboats and Petticoats comes Laughter in the Rain, a brand-new show based on the rise, fall and rise again of pop music’s ultimate survivor, Neil Sedaka. Following his first hit Oh! Carol, written for his then girlfriend, Carole King, Sedaka became a teenage idol to rival Elvis. Then after struggling for almost a decade with the arrival of Brit-rock and The Beatles, Sedaka signed on to Elton John’s Rocket Records label and made a sensational return to the top of the charts with Laughter In The Rain, remaining a national treasure ever since.

Mon 7 - Sat 12 Jun Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

From the innocent fifties to the cynical seventies and beyond, Sedaka wrote and performed some of the world’s most beloved pop songs, including Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Solitaire, Calendar Girl, Amarillo, Laughter in the Rain and many more.

Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C

Laughter in the Rain is a remarkable story of triumph against odds, featuring some of the most beloved pop songs of all time, in a classic showbiz tale for the whole family to enjoy. 12

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‘Undoubtedly Christie's best. A tour de force that will keep you guessing until the last second. Genius’

Windsor Express

Following the success of The Hollow, The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None and Spider’s Web, The Agatha Christie Theatre Company is proud to present the next instalment in the highly acclaimed series, Witness for the Prosecution. Emily French, an elderly woman who plans to leave her considerable estate to the charming young Leonard, is found dead. Murdered. Though he protests his innocence, Leonard quickly becomes the prime suspect. His plea hinges on his wife’s testimony, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious young woman, bearing an unexpected clue. Will the truth be revealed in time or will Leonard be declared guilty at the hands of the Witness for the Prosecution? In a world where everyone seems to be harbouring a dark secret, this gripping courtroom drama will keep you guessing until the final fatal moment.

‘The Agatha Christie Theatre Company always delivers a thrilling night out’ The Herald

Mon 14 - Sat 19 Jun Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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SPECTACULAR 4 - DAY DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS LOVE STORIES IN MUSICAL HISTORY

Starring

Flavia Cacace Matthew Cutler Brian Fortuna James Jordan Ola Jordan Natalie Lowe Kristina Rihanoff Vincent Simone Aliona Vilani Ian Waite

Marti Webb Mark Evans Including the songs

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, and Oklahoma! Starring Marti

Webb & Mark Evans

From the producers of South Pacific, 42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers comes a brand new revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! Set on America’s Western Frontier, Oklahoma! perfectly combines song, dance and story to tell the tale of farm girl Laurey, happy go-lucky cowboy Curly and the sinister farm hand Jud. From its opening number Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ to its final rousing chorus of Oklahoma, the score is packed full of all-time classic songs, including The Surrey with The Fringe on Top, People Will Say We’re in Love, Many a New Day, and I Cain’t Say No. Starring one of Britain’s most popular leading ladies Marti Webb as Aunt Eller and BBC TV’s Your Country Needs You runner up Mark Evans, (Spamalot, Wicked) as Curly. So saddle up and prepare to enjoy one of the most famous love stories in musical theatre history! 14

Tue 29 Jun - Sat 3 Jul Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm Signed performance Sat eve 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue £5 off, Wed & Thu mat £5 off, Wed eve £3 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals features the world champion dancers from the smash hit BBC TV series as they take to the stage for the first time in the ultimate dance extravaganza! Starring Flavia Cacace, Matthew Cutler, Brian Fortuna, James Jordan, Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff, Vincent Simone, and Ian Waite, along with this season’s new faces Natalie Lowe and Aliona Vilani, this brand-new show for 2010 presents the beauty and elegance of Strictly’s dancing professionals within the exclusive environment of Milton Keynes Theatre. The stage show will include the breathtaking show dances for which the professionals have become famous, together with never-before-seen content. Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals is a celebration of the glitz, glamour and passion of ballroom and latin from the world’s dancing elite – a must see for fans of the TV series and dance enthusiasts of all ages! BBC & Logo TM & © 1996

Mon 5 -Thu 8 July Mon -Thu eves 7.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £3 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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CLASSIC COMEDY AYCKBOURN AT HIS VERY BEST! Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt present a Rose Theatre, Kingston production

OINK OINK IT’S PEPPA PIG!

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT WINNER

★★★★

‘Deliciously funny’ The Times

★★★★

‘Irresistibly funny’ Sir Peter Hall’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s

The Independent

★★★★ Financial Times

STAR CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED

Peter Hall’s production of Bedroom Farce, one of Ayckbourn’s best loved works, opened to critical acclaim at the Rose Theatre in Kingston last year and now comes to Milton Keynes Theatre following a successful run in London’s West End.

Peppa lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Through everyday adventures she plays games, makes new friends and enjoys her favourite activity – jumping in muddy puddles!

Four couples, three bedrooms, two celebrations, one blazing row and an illicit kiss (or two). Alan Ayckbourn’s ingenious comedy shines a brilliant spotlight onto the trials and tribulations of suburban marriage. Trevor and Susannah have a problem relationship which requires urgent attention. What better solution than to talk it over with family and friends? Preferably in their respective bedrooms and ideally in the middle of the night. Inevitably, one problem relationship tends to spark off another. When you have friends like Trevor and Susannah, nobody gets much sleep.

★★★★

‘Reduces the audience to blissful tears of laughter’ Daily Telegraph

Mon 12 - Sat 17 July Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30

Today it's Peppa Pig's birthday! Come and join the fun in this charming show, featuring beautifully true-to-life puppets, brand new songs, muddy puddles and oinks! www.peppapiglive.com

Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

Peppa Pig ©Astley Baker Davies Ltd/ E1 Entertainment Ltd 2003

Wed 21 & Thu 22 Jul Wed 1pm & 4pm Thu 10am & 1pm Family Ticket £54 for 4 tickets (max 2 adults) Conditions apply.

In May 2009, Diversity took the UK by storm by winning Britain’s Got Talent. Nearly 20 million people in the UK, and much of the world, were glued to their television screens to see them overcome the odds and sweep to victory in the most watched TV programme on these shores in recent years. Incorporating several genres of music from classical to hip-hop, their diverse eye-catching routines won the hearts of the nation and forced Simon Cowell to describe them as, ‘sheer and utter perfection’. Spurred on by the group’s motto - Dream, Believe, Achieve - they are a remarkable example of what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and belief. Fri 23 & Sat 24 Jul 7.30pm

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ALL- STAR COMEDY DRAMA PRIOR TO THE WEST END

CLIFFORD ODETS’ AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE

‘Harwood is now unquestionably our greatest living playwright’ Sunday Telegraph

BILL KENWRIGHT presents Starring

Martin Shaw & Jenny Seagrove

A play by

Ronald Harwood Starring

Edward Hardwicke, Gwen Taylor, Timothy West & Susannah York Ronald Harwood, Oscar and Academy award-winning playwright (The Dresser) and screen writer (The Pianist), is the author of this uplifting story of self-discovery and life-long friendships. Retired opera singers Cissy, Reggie and Wilfred are excited about performing a concert until their tranquil world is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of legendary diva, Jean Horton. As old rivalries resurface and past secrets are revealed, can the four put aside their differences? Ronald Harwood’s masterful story-telling, combined with sparkling wit, create a bittersweet comedy that is at times both poignant and hilariously funny. A star-studded cast includes the critically acclaimed Timothy West (The Winslow Boy, The Old Country), Susannah York (Gold, Superman, A Man For All Seasons), Edward Hardwicke (best remembered for his portrayal of Dr. Watson opposite Jeremy Brett’s Holmes in the hit TV series) and Gwen Taylor (Prick Up Your Ears in the West End and star of Heartbeat, Barbara and A Bit af A Do on TV). 18

Mon 26 - Sat 31 Jul Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon & Tue eves & Wed mat £3 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

Frank Elgin, once a great theatre star, is down on his luck, but when he is offered a major role by hotshot director Bernie Dodd, he has the chance to make a major comeback. Will Frank regain his confidence and save his turbulent career? Will he be supported in his quest for a second chance by his long-suffering wife? Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove are reunited in the roles played by Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand on Broadway in 2008, and by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the Oscar-winning film. Shaw’s last UK theatre tour was the record-breaking run of A Man for All Seasons, ‘Martin Shaw is magnificent’ (Daily Express). Perhaps best known for his starring roles in George Gently and the BAFTA award winning series Judge John Deed, he will be joined by his co-star from that hugely popular series, Jenny Seagrove. Seagrove is fresh from critical acclaim in this year’s West End production of A Daughter’s A Daughter, described as ‘the finest performance of her career’ (Daily Telegraph).

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Aug Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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COMING SOON NOW BOOKING! ‘Expect to be amazed’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Endlessly inventive. Awesome’ Evening Standard

Roald Dahl Adapted by David Wood By

They’re back! The legendary original tribute to the Blues Brothers comes to Milton Keynes Theatre for one week only! The all new show brings you all those amazing favourite moments and songs with a few new twists, a few new moves and a clean, freshly laundered suit. So don the sunglasses, dig out your best pork pie hat, and buff up those dancing shoes, because the Blues Brothers cordially request your presence for a night of the best music, the best moves and the best comedy you’re likely to see this side of Chicago.

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One of Roald Dahl’s funniest and most exciting stories is brilliantly brought to life live on stage. George makes a marvellous new medicine full of weird and wonderful ingredients, but when his grandmother drinks his potion, the most incredible things start to happen and George’s wizzpopping magical adventure begins!

★★★★★ Birmingham Mail Tue 12 - Sat 16 Oct Tue - Sat eves 7pm Wed & Thu mats 1.30pm Fri 11am, Sat 2pm

Alan Bennett’s latest play, a sell-out success in London, looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men: W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. ‘The maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece’ ★★★★★ Independent ‘Nicholas Hytner’s flawless production carries you along on a wave of pleasure’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday ‘Filthily funny - deeply moving’ ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph

With its unique combination of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion, eight performers use boots, bins, brooms and everything including the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm. www.stomp.co.uk

Tue 26 - Sat 30 Oct Tue -Thu & Sat eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm

Tue 19 - Sat 23 Oct Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

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Stomp returns to Milton Keynes with brand-new routines, making it fresher, faster and funnier than ever!

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Photograph of Alan Bennett by Derry Moore

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Photograph by Oleg Micheyev

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BIG HAIR, BIG HEART, BIG HIT!

‘The ultimate feel-good show’ The Guardian

‘The most happy, funny, sunny show in town’ Sunday Express

‘The musical with everything a triumph!’ Observer

‘See it - because you’re worth it!’ Mail on Sunday

Starring

Brian Conley as Edna Turnblad &

The West End’s favourite musical comedy, Hairspray, is coming to Milton Keynes!

Les Dennis as Wilbur Turnblad

Starring Brian Conley as you have never seen him before as Edna Turnblad and Les Dennis as the loveable Wilbur, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and win the boy she loves. Danny Bayne, winner of ITV’s Grease is the Word and Liam Doyle, the winner of GMTV’s Search for Troy in High School Musical 2, also star as Corny Collins and Link Larkin. Hairspray is the musical with everything – the ultimate feel-good show which has played to sold out houses in London, on Broadway and theatres around the globe. Big Hair, Big Heart, Big Hit - Book Now!

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Main image from 2009 London production

Tue 21 Sep - Sat 9 Oct Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Signed performance Sat 25 Sep 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue eve £4 off, Wed mat £4 off, Wed eve £3 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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MILTON KEYNES GALLERY

COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

Romeo & Juliet Rudolf Nureyev created this magnificent staging of Romeo & Juliet especially for English National Ballet in 1977. The Company has since performed it worldwide to critical acclaim. Shakespeare’s heartbreaking love story is brought to life by Nureyev’s inventive choreography and sumptuous costumes and sets which transport you to Renaissance Verona. English National Ballet’s full orchestra plays Prokofiev’s exhilarating score. ‘An unforgettable hurricane of passion’ The Telegraph

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Fri 16 Apr - Sun 27 Jun

DON GIOVANNI Mozart Sung in Italian with English supertitles

LA CENERENTOLA Rossini Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Monteverdi Sung in Italian with English supertitles

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

In 2010, Glyndebourne on Tour will present three spectacular productions, offering a variety of musical and theatrical styles to appeal to audiences of all ages.

Audiences around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot (by Eric Idle and John DuPrez) won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005.

‘A performance that meets the Glyndebourne gold standard’ The Independent, La Cenerentola

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, witch burnings, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Featuring the hilarious song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, don’t miss the most infectiously funny musical of the millennium.

L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

‘This is a vintage Glyndebourne evening’ Sunday Telegraph, L’incoronazione di Poppea Tue 9 - Sat 13 Nov 7.15pm Don Giovanni Tue & Fri La Cenerentola Wed & Sat Poppea Thu

Tue 2 - Sat 6 Nov Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu mat 2pm Sat mat 2.30pm TalkBack Pre-show talk Fri 6.15pm Free to ticket holders. G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Tue £5 off, Wed £3 off, Thu mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C 24

The Life and Times of Milton Keynes Gallery

GLYNDEBOURNE

Photo: La Cenerentola by Mike Hoban The Tour is supported by

Mon 29 Nov - Sat 4 Dec Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

TalkBack Free Pre-show talks 6.15 - 6.45pm. Seats limited, book at Box Office. Opera Offer Book full price Band A tickets for Poppea and receive Band A tickets for Don Giovanni or La Cenerentola at Band B price

G Details page 30 *Recorded couldn’t afford to cart this God-like comic round the country.

Ambassador Friends Mon & Tue eves & Wed mat £3 off price bands S, A, B & C

Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey collaborates with Martin McGeown, Director of Cabinet Gallery, London, to produce an inventive exhibition celebrating Milton Keynes Gallery’s tenth anniversary year. Expect to see film, photography, sculpture and a sound installation all made from material taken from the Gallery’s ten year archive.

Giorgio Sadotti Fri 9 Jul - Sun 12 Sep London based artist Giorgio Sadotti works with sound, photography and magazines to draw attention to unexpected poetic combinations. This exhibition will include recent work alongside new commissions, based around themes including chance, music and light.

Admission free 900 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3QA Milton Keynes Gallery has gone paperless. To join our e-mailing list to receive event listings and preview invites, please phone 01908 676 900 or visit www.mk-g.org Opening times Tue - Fri 12 - 8pm Sat 11am - 8pm Sun 11am - 5pm

G Details page 30 Photo by Derek Wales

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FE, FI, FO, FUM - HERE’S A PANTO THAT’S SECOND TO NONE! ALL-STAR CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED December 2010 7.00 ■ ★▲

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Thu 16 Dec 7pm

Touch Tours Mon 10Jan 4.30pm

Audio described perfs Mon 10 Jan 11am & 6pm

Concessions £2 off price bands A - C. Registered disabled and a companion £4 off price bands S - C.

Family Ticket £76 for 4 tickets (max 2 adults) price bands A & B.

Early Bird Discount Pay for your tickets before Fri 24 Sep and save £1 per ticket.

S Schools £11 per ticket (free teacher’s ticket

on every 10 students booked). £9.50 per ticket for Upper Circle seats, Jan only.

■ Groups 60+ £18, 40+ £19, 20+ £20 ▲ Uniform Groups of 10+ £12 per ticket on price bands B - E on marked perfs only. For full details on all groups and schools enquiries please contact the Groups Hotline on 01908 547609.

Supporting the Theatres for Theatres Appeal in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital www.gosh.org ©2007 Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no 235825

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Set against a backdrop of political struggle and a military coup, a young Ghanaian boy sets out to conquer the world, armed only with an overwhelming passion for Bob Marley and the wisdom of his grandmother. Yaw Asiyama’s play brings to life a vivid true story of great friendship, courage and sacrifice. Early Bird Adults receive £5 off if booked before Thu 15 Apr.

Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts Wed 26 May 10am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 4pm

January 2011

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Ambassador Friends Fri 10 Dec, Wed 15 Dec, Thu 16 Dec & Mon 3 Jan 7pm 2 for 1 price bands S - C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

MILTON KEYNES CITY ORCHESTRA

Milton Keynes Theatre places itself at the heart of our community. We are committed to working alongside local people and organisations to increase the cultural life of MK. If you are interested in hiring the theatre please contact our General Manager John Young on 01908 547500.

Wed 15

Mon 20

This brand-new production of Jack and the Beanstalk tells the enchanting tale of Jack, his hapless but colourful mother Dame Trot, magic beans, giants, heroes, a golden goose and, of course, the lovable Daisy the Cow. With comedy, lots of audience participation, spectacular sets and extravagant costumes, we can guarantee there’s never ‘bean’ a better panto in Milton Keynes. Book now for this magical festive family treat.

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Community

Music from our young singers in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas will appeal to all musical tastes, so do join us to enjoy their outstanding performances and encourage them in their musical endeavours.

Glorious Spirit Sun 2 May 7.30pm Conductor Sian Edwards Soloist John Whitfield (pictured above) Beethoven Egmont Overture Mozart Bassoon Concerto no.1 Schumann Symphony no.3

Flight to Freedom Sun 4 Jul 7.30pm

Buckingham School An Evening of Dance Thu 27 May 7.30pm Don’t miss a fantastic evening bursting with wonderful dance creations performed by the Buckinghamshire School dancers and other local primary schools. Watch as the dancers flourish, showcasing both their performance and choreographic talents.

MK Music Service Gala Concert Sat 26 June 7.30pm Join the best of the city’s young musicians in a spectacular evening of music-making to enrich and inspire. A heady and entertaining mix of orchestras, bands and choirs will perform a selection of musical delights.

Conductor Hilary Davan Wetton Soloist Dominic Piers Smith (pictured) Sibelius Finlandia Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.2 Dvor˘ák Symphony no.9 from the New World MKCO Box Office 01908 558311 MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) 27


Creative Learning

For Young People Youth Theatre Our weekly youth theatre classes are run at MK Theatre every Tue & Wed during term time. Each course runs for 10 wks. The next term starts Tue 20 Apr. £70 per term. Free taster session available. Stage Combat Awarded Course Mon 31 May - Sat 5 Jun A week-long awarded programme by the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat JGA (Junior Grade Award) for 14 - 18yrs offering practical training skills in Swordplay and Unarmed Combat. No prior experience necessary. Run by certified BASSC teacher Rob Leonard. Limited spaces available. £150 including examination fee and registration.

For Adults NEW! Adult Acting Class Commences Thu 20 May Thursdays 7 - 9pm Ideal for those interested in exploring actor training methods for performance. £80 per term (8 wks) Scriptwriting Class Commences Thu 20 May (Beg.) Commences Thu 27 May (Int.) Thursdays 7 - 9pm Beginners & Intermediate. Gives you the opportunity to explore playwriting models and

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structure as well as generate and develop believable characters and intriguing plot lines. £70 per term (6 wks)

For Schools, Colleges & Groups NEW! Career Days Want to get into the industry? If you are part of a school or college and aged 14 - 18yrs, come along to MKT’s Career Days for a backstage tour, Q&A with members of MKT staff, info on pathways into the industry and watch a live theatre show. NEW! Create to Educate Working with Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 to explore the National Curriculum in a creative environment. Using drama and theatre techniques such as role play, characterisation and storytelling to create a memorable learning experience. Sessions are tailored to the subject matter and facilitated by MKT expert practitioners. NEW! Theatre Skills Workshop Bespoke workshops for many disciplines and practices ranging from basic drama skills, team building activities through play and improvisation, circus skills, characterisation, mime, vocal skills, puppetry, physical theatre, scriptwriting and stage combat. Price varies. Discounts apply

when booking alongside perfs. Adventure 100 Sat 1 May & Sat 12 Jun Calling all Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section! Set yourself a Centenary Challenge and come on an Adventure 100. Score points by learning a dance, playing music, going on a backstage tour, chatting with a performer and watching a live show. Limited spaces available. Whistle Down the Wind Sat 1 May 2.30pm (Guides & Senior Section) Laughter in the Rain Sat 12 Jun 2.30pm (Rainbows & Brownies) For details of tailored events for uniformed groups please contact the Creative Learning dept. Work Placements Milton Keynes Theatre offers a work placement programme 4 wks per year. Applicants must be 16yrs+. To apply please send a CV with covering letter outlining your interest and experience to creativelearningmkt@ theambassadors.com

Show Related Events Magic IF- Stanislavski Workshop Sat 17 Jul 11am - 5pm An workshop day intensive in the Stanislavski professional actor training system is offered as part

of IF Milton Keynes International Festival. Adults 18yrs+. £45 Enjoy Mon 12 - Wed 14 Apr 6pm A practical one hour workshop exploring characters and text from Alan Bennett’s renowned play, Enjoy. Adults 17yrs+. £5 Whistle Down the Wind Mon 26 & Thu 29 Apr 6pm Learn the songs before the show. Sessions will involve skills in breathing technique, vocal exercise and harmony work. Adults 17yrs+. £5 Peppa Pig’s Party A fun and exciting workshop exploring themes and scenes from the show. Become the characters and go on an exciting journey with Peppa, her brother George, Mummy and Daddy Pig and visit best friend Suzy the Sheep, Granny and Grandpa Pig. Ages 2yrs+. Price varies. Any Workshop, Any Time Tailored school and group workshops for any of the shows in our brochure. Discounts apply when booking alongside performances. Room Hire MKT hires spaces within the venue ideal for dance, singing and drama rehearsals. For more info and prices please contact creativelearningmkt@ theambassadors.com

MKT Raw re:bourne MKT Raw is back! And this year it is being re:bourne! Milton Keynes Theatre is delighted to announce that the team behind the extremely successful dance show MKT Raw will be working alongside Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance theatre company to produce MKT Raw re:bourne. Dates for the open auditions will be announced shortly please check the Creative Learning section of ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes for full details, or email creativelearningmkt@ theambassadors.com

Contact Details For more information, join our mailing list at www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes To book classes, Career Days, workshops, hires and show related events listed in our brochure please contact: Creative Learning Department 01908 547 651 01908 547 606 creativelearningmkt@ theambassadors.com Creative Learning Bookings & Enquiries 01908 547 637 Box Office Bookings 0844 871 7651 (bkg fee)

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Milton Keynes Theatre Marlborough Gate Central Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) Box Office Minicom For our deaf and hard of hearing patrons, please use Text Relay, which is a free service. (You pay only for the call to the venue). 18001 0844 871 7677 (textphone users). For further information please log on to www.relay.org Groups and Schools Group Sales 01908 547609 groupsales@theambassadors.com Mon 10am - 5.30pm Tue - Fri 9am - 5.30pm Book online www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes Online booking and transaction fees apply. A per ticket booking fee (up to £2.75) and transaction fee of £2.75 will be added to most online bookings.

General Enquiries 01908 547500 Access 0844 871 7677 (bkg fee) TELEPHONE SALES Mon - Sat 9am - 10pm Sun 10am - 8pm COUNTER SERVICE Monday to Saturday 10am until 15mins after last performance commences, closing at 6pm when there is no evening performance. Sundays Open from 1hr 30mins prior to the first show, closing 15mins after the last performance commences. BOOKING BY TELEPHONE Prices are subject to a £1 per ticket fee by phone and a transaction fee of £2.75, excluding Friends and Groups bkgs, except for productions marked * where a per ticket fee of £2.75 and a £1 postage charge will apply. BOOKING BY POST Cheques are payable to Milton Keynes Theatre Ltd, please include a SAE for return of tickets or add 50p onto your payment. CONDITIONS OF SALE Please note that tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded. CONCESSIONS AND DISCOUNTS Discounts On price bands A, B and C for most performances Under 16s, full time students, registered unemployed and

senior citizens enjoy £2 off Mon -Thu eves, most matinees and some one night performances. Call Box Office for details. Children under 5 will not be admitted except for family shows. People with a disability and their companion receive £4 off any seat in price bands S, A, B and C for most performances. Call the Access Line for details. A family ticket is for four people, maximum two adults. Please call the box office for more information. Family tickets are available on selected performances only. All discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the duty manager. Only one discount is available per ticket.

G GROUPS & SCHOOL DISCOUNTS For events marked in this way the following prices apply: Groups of 40+ £5 off Groups of 20+ £4 off Groups of 10+ £2 off Applies to price band A and B only. Not available Friday and Saturday evenings. Different rates apply to some shows. Call the Groups Hotline for details. Special rates are also available for mid-week matinees and Schools for selected performances. For full details of the range of prices on offer please call the Groups Hotline. EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL STAGETEXT Audio described(including a PreView), Sign Language interpreted and Captioned perfs offered on selected shows. See logos on show pages. PreView is a pre-show introduction, led by the audio describer, for blind and visually impaired people. Hearing Impaired The Theatre has an infra-red system. Headsets and Loop necklaces are available from the Theatre shop and must be pre-booked via the box office. The theatre has a step-free ground floor level, and lift access to all floors. There are 6 dedicated seats in the stalls, 4 in the upper circle and up to 2 spaces in the circle box that are accessible for wheelchair users.

Visually Impaired This brochure and access details are also available in audio format or in large print. Contact the Marketing Department on 01908 547500. For other information and advance booking call the Box Office. The information in this brochure was correct at time of going to press. Milton Keynes Theatre reserves the right to alter the advertised programme, facilities or discounts if necessary. We do not take responsibility for the content, quality or pricing of community hire performances. Data Protection Milton Keynes Theatre is managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group. We would like to add or retain your details on our lists to keep you informed about future events, special offers and other developments. We also look to secure information and special offers for customers from other organisations. You will be asked whether you want to receive any of this information next time you book. If you don’t want to receive information from us and/or third parties or have any queries contact the Marketing Department on 01908 547500.

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Milton Keynes Theatre is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), currently the largest theatre group in the West End and separately, the second largest in the UK regions, with a total of 23 venues. ATG currently owns and operates 10 high profile West End Theatres: the Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Phoenix, Playhouse, Piccadilly, Savoy and Trafalgar Studios. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors, Woking; Theatre Royal Brighton; Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent; Milton Keynes Theatre; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Richmond Theatre; King’s and Theatre Royal in Glasgow and New Wimbledon Theatre. Current and recent ATG successes in London include The Misanthrope starring Keira Knightley, Legally Blonde The Musical, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story.

One Night in Vegas

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£19.50 £17.50 £17.50 £15.50 £15.50

Sing-a-long-a HSM3

£19.50

All tickets £10

Whistle Down the Wind & Laughter in the Rain Mon - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£27 £23 £29

£23 £20 £25

£19 £17 £21

£14 £13 £16

£12 £11 £14

£30 £26 £32

MKCO

£28

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Strictly Tap Dance Fever Tue - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£21 £20 £23

£19 £18 £21

£17 £16 £18

£13 £12 £14

£11 £10 £12

£24 £23 £26

The Pirates of Penzance Tue - Fri eve Wed mat Sat mat Sat eve

£26 £24 £26 £28

£23 £21 £22 £25

£20 £18 £18 £22

£17 £15 £14 £19

£14 £12 £11 £16

£29 £27 £29 £31

History Boys, Country Girl & The Habit of Art Mon - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£26 £22 £28

Me, Marley & I

£23 £19 £25

£19 £15 £21

£15 £11 £17

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£29 £26 £31

Adults £15 Concessions £10

Festival of the Arts

£3.50 per session Both sessions £6

An Evening of Dance

Tickets £8 Concessions £5

Girls Night

£16

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£8

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£24 £20 £25

£21 £18 £22

£19 £15 £20

£15 £13 £16

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£27 £23 £28

£23 £18 £25

Jools Holland*

£21 £18 £23

£18 £13 £19

£15 £13 £16

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£26 £21 £28

All tickets £34.50

MK Gala Concert Oklahoma! Tue - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed & Thu mat Sat eve

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B

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Peppa Pig’s Party Adults £15.50 £15.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 Children under16 £13.50 £13.50 £11.50 £11.50 £11.50

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£23

Quartet Mon - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£25 £19 £26

£23 £19 £24

£19 £16 £20

£16 £16 £17

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£28 £22 £29

Blues Brothers Mon -Thu eve & Sat mat £23.50 £20.50 £17.50 £14.50 £11.50 £26.50 Fri & Sat eve £25.50 £22.50 £19.50 £16.50 £13.50 £28.50 Hairspray Mon -Thu eve & Wed mat £39.50 £34.50 £30.50 £25.50 £17.50 £42.50 Fri eve & all Sat £42.50 £39.50 £35.50 £29.50 £21 £45.50 George’s Marvellous Medicine

Adults £15 Children under 16 £10

The Armstrong & Miller Show*

All tickets £20

Colin Fry*

All tickets £19.50

Stomp Tue - Fri eve & Sat mat Fri early Sat eve

£25 £23 £27

£22 £20 £23

£17 £15 £20

£15 £13 £16

£13 £11 £13

£28 £26 £30

Romeo & Juliet Tue -Thu eve & Sat mat Thu mat Fri & Sat eve

£31 £26 £33

£29 £26 £31

£25 £21 £27

£20 £16 £22

£15 £14 £17

£34 £29 £36

Glyndebourne

£49

£41

£33

£26

£21

£54

All tickets £20

Spamalot Mon - Fri eve & Sat mat £34.50 £31.50 £27.50 £23.50 £19.50 £37.50 Wed mat £28.50 £25.50 £22.50 £19.50 £15.50 £33.50 Sat eve £36.50 £33.50 £29.50 £25.50 £21.50 £39.50 Jack and the Beanstalk

£26

£24

£22

£19

£17

£29

Booking opening dates Millennium Club Fri 12 Mar

Tickets £10 Concessions £7

£15.50 £13.50

Diversity

John Bishop*

Stepping Out Tue - Fri eve & Sat mat Thu mat Sat eve Witness for the Prosecution & Bedroom Farce Mon - Fri eve & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

PRICE BAND

Jane McDonald* £27.50 £27.50 £27.50 £25.50 £25.50 £27.50

E

Friends Mon 15 Mar £26 £22 £28

£22 £20 £24

£19 £17 £20

£15 £14 £16

£10 £10 £10

£29 £25 £31

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals £42.50 £39.50 £35.50 £29.50 £24.50 £45.50

General Booking Fri 19 Mar Seating plans and price breaks may vary for some productions Price band S relates to superior seats situated in Row C, D, E and L of the stalls and Row A of the circle.

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Put your company in the spotlight A working relationship with Milton Keynes Theatre can support your company in many ways:

Corporate Memberships Flexible packages of benefits which include tickets and programmes, the use of our private rooms and facilities, dedicated theatre staff, gala receptions, special corporate offers and discounts for your employees. Our Platinum Membership presents considerable marketing, branding and advertising opportunities – bespoke opportunities to raise your company’s profile amongst more than 500,000 theatregoers a year.

Corporate Event Management Our function and meeting rooms, auditorium, foyers, dressing rooms and company offices are all available for hire and are suitable for events for 2 - 1,400 people. We offer a full event service including logistics management, production, and bespoke catering but what sets us apart is our highly regarded Corporate Events team, who will work with you every step of the way to ensure your event is a complete success.

Show Sponsorship Sponsor a show at MKT and take advantage of the many benefits of such association: ■ Acknowledgement and advertising in our brochure, programme, foyer and auditorium ■ The best seats in the house for your guests ■ Private pre-show reception and post-show party For more information on any of these, please call Sue Lloyd (Development Manager) on 01908 547511, or e-mail suelloyd@theambassadors.com 32

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CLIFFORD ODETS’ AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE BILL KENWRIGHT presents

Martin Shaw & Jenny Seagrove star in

Frank Elgin, once a great theatre star, is down on his luck, but when he is offered a major role by hotshot director Bernie Dodd, he has the chance to make a major comeback. Will Frank regain his confidence and save his turbulent career? Will he be supported in his quest for a second chance by his long-suffering wife? Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove are reunited in the roles played by Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand on Broadway in 2008, and by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the Oscar-winning film. Shaw’s last UK theatre tour was the record-breaking run of A Man for All Seasons, ‘Martin Shaw is magnificent’ (Daily Express). Perhaps best known for his starring roles in George Gently and the BAFTA award winning series Judge John Deed, he will be joined by his co-star from that hugely popular series, Jenny Seagrove. Seagrove is fresh from critical acclaim in this year’s West End production of A Daughter’s A Daughter, described as ‘the finest performance of her career’ (Daily Telegraph).

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Aug Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm G Details page 30 Ambassador Friends Mon £5 off, Tue £3 off, Wed mat £5 off price bands S, A, B & C MKT Box Office 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee) www.ambassadortickets.com/ miltonkeynes

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Milton Keynes Theatre Season Guide