Stars on the stage

Promotional imagery for Wuthering Heights.
Promotional imagery for Wuthering Heights.

A number of big names will be lining up on the stage as a series of hit musicals, drama, comedy and dance shows make up the new season at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Drama fans will be catered for and the new season kicks off with The Full Monty. Based on the hit British film of the same name, it stars Gary Lucy and Andrew Dunn from the sitcom dinnerladies. It will be performed from January 19 to 24.

Harper Lee’s classic book To Kill A Mockingbird runs from March 10 to 14. Telling the tale of religious hatred in America, it comes direct from the West End.

A long running show will continue to thrill and scare audiences. The Woman in Black visits Milton Keynes from March 23 to 28.

Jason Donovan stars in the stage show of Oscar winning film The King’s Speech. Based on the challenges faced by King George VI to overcome a speech impediment, it runs from May 5 to 9.

Fans of crime will be able to enjoy an adaptation of a Peter James novel from June 8 to 13. Dead Simple is about a man who has it all but finds himself the victim of a vicious prank which sees him buried alive. It is a race against time to find him and catch the killer.

For those looking for something a little more light hearted, there will be plenty of musicals to have you tapping your toes in the aisles.

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys is touring the UK and Ireland for the very first time. This smash hit musical has won 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 175 million records worldwide. It features hits such as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What a Night and Big Girls Don’t Cry. It runs from February 3 to 14.

The legendary musical Saturday Night Fever is coming to Milton Keynes from February 24 to 28.

The date is 1979 and in Brooklyn, New York, Tony Manero, a young man with a dead-end job and an extraordinary ability to dance, has only one ambition in life – to become the disco king. Saturday Night Fever tells his story.

The stage will be alive with the Sound of Music when the classic musical set during Nazi occupied Austria comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from May 26 to June 6.

There will be an all star cast lining up for a modern day musical classic.

Fresh from appearing in pantomime in Northampton, Joe Pasquale will be appearing as King Arthur having previously appeared in the show when the musical appeared in the West End.

Based on the Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the show will also star former Eastenders and Grange Hill actor Todd Carty.

See page 23 for more.