Thoroughly Modern Millie at Milton Keynes Theatre

Thoroughly Modern Millie at Milton Keynes Theatre 24-28th January

2016 Strictly Come Dancing finalist, World Ballroom Showdance Champion and Professional Dancer Joanne Clifton will take on the title role of Millie Dillmount, a Kansas girl determined to make it big in New York City!

Joanne’s credits include Face the Music, Burn the Floor, Strictly Live Tour and Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jeane Musical.

Michelle Collins will join the cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie as Mrs Meers.

She has worked extensively in television and theatre for the last 30 years and is perhaps best known for her roles as Cindy Beale in EastEnders and Stella Price in Coronation Street. Her theatre credits include Calendar Girls (West End), The Play What I Wrote (West End), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) and most recently Kindertransport (Chickenshed, London).

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. Taking you back to the height of the Jazz Age in 1920s New York City, when ‘moderns’ including a flapper named Millie Dillmount were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.

From explosive tap numbers to a ‘Fred and Ginger’ dance routine on a window ledge, and featuring hit songs including Gimme Gimme, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Not for the Life of Me Thoroughly Modern Millie is a brilliantly funny and entertaining show for all the family.

I went along on Thursday and these were my thoughts:

Not being a particular follower of Strictly Come Dancing I wasn’t really aware of Joanne Clifton, but that certainly changed after her great performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Milton Keynes Theatre. As you would expect, her dancing was faultless and her singing and acting were a revalation to me! She opens the show and is onstage for almost every second of the show during which time her energy never flagged for a second! She’s done lots – Norme Jeane – The Musical, Face the Music, Burn the Floor as well as Strictly and its live tour – but I got the feeling that “A Star Was Born” in this show.

I’ve seen Michelle Collins in three shows in the last few months, always good value but I felt for her playing the part of Mrs Meers, the Sweeney Todd of the B&B trade! Swapping between an obviously false Chinese accent and an authentic American one wearing an outfit borrowed from Widow Twankey?

All in all the show has excellent choreography ( I particularly like the office full of typists at desks on wheels dancing from the knee down) some really funny moments – especially from Graham McDuff playing Millie’s boss and lots of very fine singing. I loved “Only In New York” from Jenny Fitzpatrck as Muzzy Van Hossmere and Sam Barrett as Jimmy has a great voice – his performance was very much appreciated by the packed house..

Thoroughly Modern Millie is set in the 1920’s, but dont think for one minute that it is “dated”.  Certainly worth seeing if you can get a ticket!

Ernie Almond

Thoroughly Modern Millie is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 24-28th January

Box Office: 0844 870 0887 or online: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Dick Whittington at Milton Keynes a Sparkling Show!

The 2nd of First Family’s pantomimes in this area that I managed to get to see was Dick Whittington at Milton Keynes Theatre. The first thing you notice are the spectacular sets fast becoming a trede mark of First Family Entertainment’s shows. I was also very pleased to see that this production used a live band, such a bonus these days!

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Dick Whittington with Samantha Womack, Stacey Solomon and Kev Orkian

Samantha Womack headed the cast as a very sexy and equally evil Queen Rat – with quite some singing voice!

Stacy Solomon has recently been attacked by the press for using a clipboard onstage – all I can say is that by press night (very early in the run) she not only knew every word, but sang like an angel and the audience as ever loved her!

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Dick Whittington with Samantha Womack, Stacey Solomon and Kev Orkian

Kev Orkian was a perfect Idle Jack. Kev is becomming a regular favourite at MK and is always welcomed by the audiences for his amazing comedy. The best compliment I can play Idle Jack is that he was quite as good as Kev Orkian! One of my favourite panto performers ever.

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Dick Whittington with Samantha Womack, Stacey Solomon and Kev Orkian

Kevin Brewis as Sarah the Cook wore some outragiously OTT costumes (I loved the one featuring two huge melons as did most of the children)

The whole cast is very strong and special mention I think should go to young dancer Sophie Hart who played Tommy the Cat. A part that can be played clumsily or overacted, but I hasten to say that Sophie got it exactly right and I’m sure most of the young audience firmly believed that Tommy was a real moggy!

My only criticism is that the sound is very good, but very, very loud – my ears were ringing for a while afterwards!

All in all a great panto with great special effects including an underwater scene with Dick & the cat and a really good 3d filmed sequence. Get to MK to see this if you can get a ticket!

Dick Whittington is at Milton Keynes Theatre until 15th January 2017

Box Office: 0844 870 0887 or online: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Aylesbury’s Panto a triumph!

Ist Family have two spectacular pantomimes in our area this Christmas. The first one I got to see was Aladdin at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – and it was fabulous!

All the usual panto ingredients were there of course and the excellent cast headed by Michelle Collins made the entire evening so enjoyable with their energy and enthusiasm – not to mention their professional skills!

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Aladdin with Michelle Collins, Andy Collins, Jasmin Walia, La Voix and Nicholas Pound

Michelle Collins made a very funny and slightly scatty Genie of the ring, delivering lots of the comedy lines & panto puns beautifully. Ive seen her quite recently in a musical so I knew she could sing, but this was a revalation to me that she has such great way with comedy.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Aladdin with Michelle Collins, Andy Collins, Jasmin Walia, La Voix and Nicholas Pound

Most of the physical comedy was left to regular Waterside comedian Andy Collins who was a great Wishee Washee and got more out of The Twelve Days of Christmas routine than I’ve seen elsewhere. The energy that man puts into his performance almost has you fear for his heart!

Widow Twanky was played by La Voix and I have to admit that before the show I wondered if we were about to witness the thing I hate most – the dame being played by a drag act. But I couldn’t have been more wrong! The dear widow was wonderful, in fact I would say the best panto dame this year and for some time in my estimation!

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Aladdin with Michelle Collins, Andy Collins, Jasmin Walia, La Voix and Nicholas Pound

I loved Abanazar as played by Nicholas Pound, he was very powerful and really nasty just as he should be. Nicholas put me in mind at times of that lovely actor sadly no longer with us Bill Fraser and in my book that’s praise indeed!

Danny Colligan was just right as Aladdin and had chance to show off his great singing voice. Joel Ekperigin was the most acrobatic Genie of the Lamp ever, getting a round of applause almost every time he cartwheeled onto the stage.

If you want a pantomime with fantastic sets, lots of music and a great cast look no further than the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury this year. In my opinion the top panto in this area this year!

Aladdin is at The Waterside Theatre Aylesbury until 31st December 2016

Box Office:0844 871 7677 or online: www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

The Full Monty at Milton Keynes

Gary Lucy will lead a cast that includes Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis and Kai Owen in The Full Monty which is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre 3-8 October

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Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 3rd–8th October.

The cast is led by Gary Lucy (Danny Pennant in EastEnders, DS Will Fletcher in The Bill, Kyle Pascoe in Footballer’s Wives, Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, winner of Dancing on Ice) as Gaz, along with Andrew Dunn (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances playing Alastair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune) as Gerald, Louis Emerick (Mick Johnson in Brookside and PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine) as Horse, Chris Fountain (best known for his roles as Justin Burton in Hollyoaks and Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street, runner-up of Dancing on Ice) as Guy, Anthony Lewis (Marc Reynolds in Emmerdale, Casualty) and Kai Owen (best known for his portrayal of Rhys in Torchwood and recently played Pete in Hollyoaks) as Dave.

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In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made. The story still resonates today, probably more so now than ever.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning writer of the film, has adapted his own screenplay for this hilarious and heartfelt stage production, which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

The Full Monty is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre. His screen credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as The Full Monty.

The UK Tour of The Full Monty is directed by Jack Ryder. His directing credits include national tours of Calendar Girls and the short film Act of Memory with Claire Skinner, Owen Teale and Anna Massey, which was officially selected for nine international festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival. As an actor, Jack is probably best known as Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders, a role he played for four years.

Design is by Robert Jones, choreography by Ian West, lighting by Tim Lutkin and sound by Sarah Weltman, with casting by Marc Frankum.

The 2016/17 UK Tour of Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty, based on the Fox Searchlight Pictures motion picture, is presented by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and is a Sheffield Theatres production.

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 Unable to get to the theatre this time, these were my thoughts from the previous visit to MK of the same production of The Full Monty with a slightly different cast, but still with Gary Lucy playing Gaz….

David Pugh (producer of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe told me at the opening night of The Full Monty at Milton Keynes Theatre, that it took him a while to persuade Simon Beaufoy, writer of the 1997 film to adapt the story for the stage. Thank goodness he persevered!
Simon has been able to “flesh out” the characters a little and it pays off as we really get to see their various traits and hang-ups. The Full Monty is perfectly cast with popular actor Gary Lucy in the lead. The play brings us the poignancy, the difficult life in Sheffield during the 1980’s, and above all the humour of those men having to struggle to feed their families.
The night ended with a well deserved standing ovation from the packed MK Theatre. Get along to see it if you possibly can!

 

The Full Monty is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 3rd to 8th October.

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

Sister Act with Alexandra Burke

 ALEXANDRA BURKE RETURNS TO MK IN THE ALL NEW PRODUCTION

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An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy Sister Act is currently at Milton Keynes Theatre, starring Alexandra Burke who recently wowed local audiences with her performance at the theatre in The Bodyguard.

Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. (Opening 30-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com  (Photographs by Tristan Kenton)

Joining the Alexandra Burke as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ will be Joanna Francis as ‘Michelle’, Jon Robyns as ‘Eddie’, Karen Mann as ‘Mother Superior’ and Rosemary Ashe as ‘Sister Mary Lazarus’. The role of ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ is played by Joanna Francis at the matinee performances

Aaron Lee Lambert plays ‘Curtis’ 

A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. (Opening 30-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

The company also includes Sarah Goggin, Susannah Van Den Berg, Allison Harding, Ricky Rojas, Samuel Morgan-Grahame, Sandy Grigelis, Nicola Bryan, Jennifer Douglas, Aiesha Pease, Sally Peerless and Justin Wilman.

A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. (Opening 30-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

This all new production of Sister Act is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-Winner Sarah Travis. Set and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Sister Act features original music by the 8 time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken.

Sister Act is at MK Theatre from 26th September until 1st October

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/Miltonkeynes 

A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. (Opening 30-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Photographs by Tristram Kenton

Alexandra Burke sparkled throughout the performance which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from her. Just as well really, because I felt she was having to carry the show rather too much. Having the cast as actor/musicians works for some things but I didn’t think it quite came off for this – e.g. whilst the murdering gang were having a secret meeting, two of the policemen were needed on the set to play backing music! The musical nuns though, now that worked a treat and was very funny.

I’ve seen Aaron Lee Lambert in several things and I’ve always been most impressed, but in my opinion he made Curtis far too nice for the murderer he was. It didn’t help of course when Deloris dreams of being a star, Curtis is one of the dancers. Deloris might well have dreamed that Curtis would be dancing at her feet, but the audience just sat and wondered why the villain was now one of the dancers!

The set was the dowdy, almost penniless church. This had to double as a bar, nightclub, prison and even Eddie’s bedroom, all done quite effectively with lighting changes and minimal props. One more lighting change would have been nice though – to brighten up the church itself when they came into money.

For all my griping, it was an enjoyable night with a fabulous finale that brought the packed house to its feet! I just think that perhaps the ladies in this cast beat the men hands down!

Sister Act is at MK Theatre from 26th September until 1st October

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/Miltonkeynes 

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s at MK Theatre

GEORGIA MAY FOOTE IS HOLLY GOLIGHTLY IN  BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S AT MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic tale of Holly Golightly written by Truman Capote and so memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic film, has been given a new lease of life as a stage play with music starring Georgia May Foote and is at Milton Keynes Theatre 19th – 24th September.

Georgia was runner-up in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing.  Her television credits include Katy Armstrong in Coronation Street, Gemma in This Is England ’86 and Alison Simmons in Grange HillBreakfast at Tiffany’s is her professional stage debut.

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Georgia said “I am so excited that for my first theatre role I will be playing such an iconic character. I cannot wait to join the cast of Breakfast at Tiffany’s as Holly Golightly. It’s a wonderful adaptation of an incredible story and I’m really thrilled to be part of it!”

With Georgia in the cast of Breakfast at Tiffany’s are Matt Barber (Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey) as Fred, Victor McGuire (the sit-coms Trollied and Bread) as Joe Bell. Also in the cast are Robert Calvert, Naomi Cranston, Charlie De Melo, Tim Frances, Andrew Joshi, Melanie La Barrie and Sevan Stephan.

Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl.  Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred.  But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil.  As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.

With memorable songs from the era, along with some original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors), this stylish production is set to capture the hearts of the audience and sparkle like a diamond in a Tiffany’s window.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is at the Milton Keynes Theatre from 19th-24th September.

Box Office:  0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/Miiltonkeynes

Orchestral Season at Royal & Derngate

With free pre-concert talks and 15% off ticket prices if you buy a ticket package this year’s Royal & Derngate’s Ochestral Season featuring top soloists along with the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestras is too good to miss for music lovers.

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Sunday 16th October  The Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival. John Gibbons conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring Craig Ogden (Guitar)

Sunday 27th November  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud featuring Soprano Elin Pritchard and the Northampton Bach Choir. The concert, celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary will open with Zadok the Priest (Handel), Danse Macabre (Saint-Saens), Gloria (Poulenc) and finally Symphony No 3, ‘Organ’.

Sunday 19th February 2017  Grzegorz Nowak conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme entitled Russian Masters. Featuring Ivana Gavric (piano), you will be treated to a programme that includes Borodin’s Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances, Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 2, A Night on the Bare Mountain (Mussorgsky), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Khachaturian@s Spartacus Suite No2: Adagio and to finish Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Sunday 12th March 2017  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), conducted by Jac van Steen. Wagner’s Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1, the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No7.

Box Office: 01604 624811 or online: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Sunny Afternoon at Milton Keynes

The multi Olivier award-winning hit musical Sunny Afternoon continues to excite audiences in the West End and arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre from 30 August – 03 September.

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Sunny Afternoon tells the captivating tale of one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, through their iconic hits including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated follower of Fashion, All Day and All Of The Night, Lola and of course Sunny Afternoon.

The Kinks exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?

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Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.

The show stars Ryan O’Donnell as Ray Davies, with Mark Newnham as Dave Davies.

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SUNNY AFTERNOON TOUR - Mark Newnham (Dave Davies). Photo Kevin CumminsMark Newnham most recently appeared in “All or Nothing” at The Vaults Theatre London. His other theatre credits include: “Return to the Forbidden Planet” on UK tour; “Lennon” at the Royal Court, Liverpool; “Bouncers” and “A Passionate Woman” at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch” and “Hot Stuff” at the Oldham Collesium.

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre, SUNNY AFTERNOON opened to critical acclaim at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End in October 2014 and runs there until the end of October 2016.

SUNNY AFTERNOON has music and lyrics by Ray Davies with a book by Joe Penhall and original story by Ray Davies. It is directed by Edward Hall, designed by Miriam Buether with choreography by Adam Cooper. 

Note: All photos by Kevin Cummins

Sunny Afternoon is at Milton Keynes Theatre until 3rd September.

Box office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

I’m of an age that I don’t mind admitting that I enjoyed The Kinks’ hits the first time round! But I was not too sure what to expect as I went to the Milton Keynes Theatre to see Sunny Afternoon. I needn’t have worried as it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable evenings in the theatre this year! The whole show, set in front of a mountain of speakers (at times it sounded as if they were all working!) was technically excellent. The actors were also fine musicians and singers and the Ray Davies songs were reproduced more accurately than we as the audience had a right to expect!

There were moments in between the well known Kinks hits and a stunning drum solo by Andrew Gallo as drummer Mick Avory where the songs with Ray and his young wife played by Lisa Wright and Ray and Dave Davies that were so poignant that there were several seconds of emotional silence before the packed house applauded. We also saw how tough times were for groups in those days with the managers, publishers and promoters taking huge cuts of the money.

If you like a good story, or just want to experience being at a live Kinks performance then get a ticket to see this show!

Ernie Almond

Palmerston on Black Cat Radio live!

Palmerston, who have successfully evaded being stuck in a genre, (They say they always take a shovel) will be performing live on Black Cat Radio on Thursday 11th August between 7-9pm.

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“An effin orchestra” claimed one innocent bystander. “I only nipped out for a quick one, next thing I know, I’ve bought all their albums!”

Keyboard & ConcertinaFiddle & Squeezebox, Harmonica & Guitar, Bass & Banjo, Mandolin & Percussion. Five-Part Harmonies.

The band are widely travelled (Milton Keynes, Slapton etc.) and were recently supporting Albert Lee who said afterwards:

“The gentlemen of Palmerston guarantee you an exciting evening of music which involves styles past and good times galore. But the music is fresh, invigorating, all theirs and a must see-and-hear.”

Palmerston’s line-up is as follows:

Original songs written by Alan Rondeau mainly because he has his own pen. Alan also plays mandolin, guitar and sings.

Martin Hartup who apparently wears check shirts so he can find them, Plays Guitar (with a slice of bread in the sound hole) & Sings

Dave Norman who has a heart of gold and wishes he could remember where he put it, plays Bass & Sings

Andy Powell plays Banjo (when no-one is listening!), Harmonica, random Concertina & Sings

Peter Ball plays Keyboard, Fiddle,  Accordion & Sings (as far as we can tell!)

If you’d like to hear Palmerston on Black Cat Radio this Thursday between 7 – 9pm, probably the easiest way is to download the TuneIn Radio App and search for Black Cat Radio:

Black Cat Radio  Note: Black Cat Radio is the community radio station for St Neots and the surrounding area. Very soon they will be on 107fm., until then catch them online.

Rocky Horror still bringing the house down after 40 years!

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW returns to the Milton Keynes Theatre from 25th – 30th July.

 Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock N’ Roll musical. It has been performed worldwide for nearly 40 years in over 30 countries in every continent and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Celebrating his 10th anniversary as director of The Rocky Horror Show is Christopher Luscombe and it is his production which is at Milton Keynes Theatre this week,25 – 30 Jul.

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Liam Tamne, who has appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked and Hairspray in the West End in addition to series 3 of The Voice on BBC television, will follow in the footsteps of Tim Curry when he stars as the lead character of Frank ‘n’ Furter  Stage and TV Award winning actor Richard Meek, who has appeared in Hot Mikado (for which he won Time Out Critics’ Choice), and appeared in The Rocky Horror Show in Singapore and New Zealand and most recently in the West End Production of the shoe that was screened live in cinemas across Europe. Playing opposite Richard as Janet is Diana Vickers who scored such a hit as Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Norman Pace of the comedy due Hale & Pace will have a free hand to verbally handle the usual rowdy Rocky Horror audiences as he plays the Narrator.

This musical extravaganza will feature all of its famous musical classics including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank ’n’ Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house, whilst on their way to visit their former college professor. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.

The Rocky Horror Show was first performed on 19 June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre. It was an immediate success, transferring to three London theatres. It was transformed into a film in 1974 called The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film adaptation took over $135 million at the Box Office and is still shown in cinemas around the world 42 years after its premiere, making it the longest running theatrical release in film history.

Many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer, Rhydian and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past 40 years.

Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. Be warned, this show has rude parts! So pull on those stockings and book today!

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com /miltonkeynes