On Saturday, June 7, the curtain will rise on the 40th anniversary of Stantonbury Arts & Leisure in Milton Keynes, with a Ruby Anniversary Open Day of free fun and activities for the family from 10am to 4pm.
Many of the local groups who have made Stantonbury Theatre stage their home will perform at the celebration.
Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School, MKAOS, Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company, M K Dance Centre, Company MK and Yaw’s House Productions will all appear during the course of the day.
Live music will be by The Music Makers of Milton Keynes and Bradwell Silver Band.
A summer craft market with local sellers, fun fair, plant sale and magic show will be among the many attractions, and Festive Road will be bringing some of their giant puppets along.
An exhibition showing the rich variety of events delivered by the centre during its 40-year history will be on display in the gallery bar and theatre foyer. Pictured is a 1978 production of Jack and the Beanstalk.
GYM MK, which has had a £150,000 refurbishment, will be open for taster sessions and there will be demonstrations, from martial arts and fencing to roller derby.
Arts development manager Hilary Rhodes, said: “Stantonbury Theatre prides itself on being a theatre for all, and we extend a warm invitation to everyone to come along and share in the celebrations.”