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Milton Keynes Theatre reopens on with a selection of great shows

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Milton Keynes Theatre has announced its plans to welcome back audiences from Sunday 25 July, providing step 4 of the government’s roadmap goes ahead as scheduled.

After being closed for 16 months, the lights will finally come up and the curtain will rise again, as audiences are welcomed back for a sensational season of world class entertainment. The theatre is known and loved for hosting a breadth of high quality productions from musicals and drama to opera and dance, and this reopening season doesn’t disappoint. The reopening season will include breathtaking acrobatics from Canadian circus company The 7 Fingers, seat-gripping suspense from Dial M For Murder and hit musical Waitress arriving fresh from the West End.

The return of live theatre also sees the return of Milton Keynes Theatre’s Price Promise ticket deals. Continuing the theatre’s commitment to making theatre affordable for all, a limited number of tickets will be available for some of the most popular shows for just £13.

Emma Sullivan, Theatre Director of Milton Keynes Theatre said today “We are over the moon to announce our plans for reopening this July! Our whole team have been touched by the support we’ve received from our community over the past few months. We’ve seen how much live theatre has been missed in the region and can’t wait to give the people of Milton Keynes some much needed entertainment in the safest way possible.”

Reopening shows at Milton Keynes Theatre

The first show scheduled to reopen the theatre will be from loveable singer Jane McDonald on Sunday 25 July, with her much anticipated ‘Let The Light In’ tour. From there it’s a summer of captivating cult hits starting with timeless musical, The Rocky Horror Show, from Monday 2 August. Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba stars as Brad Majors in the Filled with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity – it’s the perfect show to get the party started once again in Milton Keynes!

Milton Keynes Theatre welcomes EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt and Gaynor Faye in Looking Good Dead

EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt and Gaynor Faye lead a talented cast in Looking Good Dead, the new thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The brand new ‘edge of your seat’ drama will be playing from Monday 16 August. Just before the summer’s over, one of the world’s best-loved musicals, Grease, returns with Peter Andre starring as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine from Monday 23 August. And Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely star as parents of the kookiest family in town, The Addams Family, from Tuesday 31 August.

The theatre’s Creative Learning programme will return in September, offering activities & experiences which engage, educate and empower people of all abilities, ages, genders and races within the venue and local community.

Upcoming shows at Milton Keynes Theatre

JANE MCDONALD
SUN 25 JUL 2021
The BAFTA award-winning star always delivers phenomenal show along with her fantastic live band and backing singers. With stunning production and a new line-up of songs her Let the Light In Tour promises to be the best one yet.

LUTHER – LUTHER VANDROSS CELEBRATION
SUN 1 AUG 2021 The world’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’ experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards including many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band.

Milton Keynes Theatre welcomes The Rocky Horror Show

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
MON 2 AUG – SAT 7 AUG 2021
Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show returns as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba as Brad and directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party and features timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping Time Warp.

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN
SUN 8 AUG 2021
Get ready for all the hits, glittering costumes, dazzling dance routines and outstanding musicianship in this breath-taking live concert spectacular. Come celebrate our brand-new show for 2021 as we Reach Out and show your there Ain’t no mountain high enough with the biggest Motown party of the year.

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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Milton Keynes Bowl opens for new drive-in cinema experience

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Milton Keynes Bowl opens for new drive-in cinema experience

The world-famous Milton Keynes Bowl, renowned for hosting some of the biggest UK concerts is opening its doors for a new drive-in cinema experience.

An immersive outdoor experience, Nightflix Drive-in cinema screen new release & classic films on huge outdoor screens. With sites across the country, Nightflix Drive-in cinemas have been putting on outdoor movie nights for families, friends, and couples whilst traditional cinemas have been closed due to the COVID pandemic.

What films are being shown?

Nightflix Drive-in cinema screen both new release & classic films. The first film to be screen at Milton Keynes Bowl will be Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster, Tenet.

Milton Keynes Bowl opens for new drive-in cinema experience

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John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.”

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time.

Other classic movies shown at other sites have included classic like Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Back to the Future.

Staying safe at a Nightflix Drive-in Cinema

Audience safety is at the centre of the drive-in cinema event planning. All government guidelines on social distancing will be followed, including track & trace measures. A full list of all COVID safety measures in place on sites is available at www.nightflix.co.uk.

Nightflix Drive-in Cinema prices

Pricing for the drive-in experience is charged per car rather than per person. Tickets per car are £29 – £34.00 + booking fee. Food, drinks, and snacks are also available upon arrival.

Nightflix Drive-in Competition

We are giving away two tickets to attend a screening of your choice at Milton Keynes Bowl Between October and December 2020. To enter this giveaway prize draw, follow us on Instagram and tag a friend or family member who you would like to take with you.

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Hip Hop dance show Father Figurine debuts at The Hat Factory, Luton

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Hip Hop dance show Father Figurine debuts at The Hat Factory, Luton

Oxford-based Hip Hop dance theatre company Body Politic is raising awareness about the UK’s current mental health epidemic in adolescent boys and men through their show Father Figurine at The Hat Factory, Luton on Friday 20th of September as part of their second national tour.

With the current climate of mental health discussion, Father Figurine talks about the fragilities and vulnerabilities in men and young boys. This piece combines poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, to explore the fractured relationship between a father and his son and their inability to healthily deal with a traumatic event.

Hip Hop dance show Father Figurine debuts at The Hat Factory, Luton

Credit: Mark Lamb

Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing they can’t express their feelings?

Figures show that 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adults begin before the age of 15. Father Figurine combines poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance with the drive to bring these figures to light and empower men and boys.

Emma-Jane Greig, the Artistic Director of Body Politic, is looking forward to sharing Father Figurine and engaging in a post-show discussion with a panel of local mental health professionals at The Hat Factory, Luton on Friday 20th of September at 19.30.

Hip Hop dance show Father Figurine debuts at The Hat Factory, Luton

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She said: “I feel very honored to be touring Father Figurine for the second time this year. Earlier this year, this powerful piece of work was described as “meaningful” and “important” by health care professionals and audience members. I am really looking forward to continuing conversations around men’s mental health this Autumn, and using our work as a catalyst for change.”

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Stop what you are doing…. new teaser for Star Wars: Episode IX.

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER | Episode IX

It has finally arrived. The Star Wars Episode IX teaser trailer is finally here and it is everything you could ever want. Watch it now before you read the spoilers.

The trailer is features full-on action scenes and gives us the first glimpse at Carrie Fisher’s posthumous return as the very much loved Leia.

After Luke Skywalker’s voice can be heard saying “No one’s ever really gone”, we immediately hear the sound of everbody’s favourite villian Palpatine laughing. Though he was slain by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, this trailer appears to be teasing the villain’s return. Actor Ian McDiarmid also made an appearance following the debut of the trailer at Star Wars Celebration, seemingly confirming the character’s return.

For the first time since 1983’s ‘Return of the Jedi,’ Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian.

Details about the long-awaited final entry in the Skywalker saga have been nearly non-existent in the year and four months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Most notably, in 2017, Disney replaced its original Star Wars IX director Colin Trevorrow with J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

More info to come.

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