Jason leads the way to musical heaven

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

As theatres around the country prepare to enter panto-land, Milton Keynes Theatre’s newly launched spring programme offers the chance to see what dramatic offerings are coming up in the new year.

Kicking off the season from January 20 to 25 is the winner of four WhatsOnStage.com awards, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, starring the former Neighbours heartthrob, Jason Donovan.

Based on the smash hit movie, this fresh and funny show is described as ‘a journey to the heart of fabulous’.

Prepare to be spellbound as the internationally acclaimed Wicked flies into Milton Keynes for five weeks from February 4.

The witty re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, telling the story of an unlikely friendship between Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West, has enchanted audiences across the globe for a decade.

Smash hit musical comedy Tonight’s The Night,inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart and featuring some of his timeless tunes including Maggie May, Baby Jane and Sailing, runs from April 21 to 26.

For fans of dance, the season starts with Matthew Bourne’s powerful and provocative interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake from January 28 to February 1, following a sell-out run of his Sleeping Beauty in 2013.

Contemporary dance from France that packs a punch, Companie Kafig’s Boxe Boxe sees eight exceptional dancers blend martial arts, street and contemporary dance create a spirited and stunning fusion of hip hop and fisticuffs in March.

For those who prefer a more classical style of dance, stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing bring their dance spectaculars to town with Brendan Cole’s Licence To Thrill and Anton Du Beke’s Ballroom To Broadway.

For something a little different, in Ice, directed and choreographed by Robin Cousins, hand-picked world-class skaters, soar flip and fly in a truly theatrical setting.

Robert Powell plays world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s first play, Black Coffee.

And Les Dennis stars with Claire Goose in the world stage premiere of best-selling author Peter James’ The Perfect Murder. Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best friends Julia and Jane in a heavenly new production of Noel Cowards divine comedy classic Fallen Angels.

The theatre welcomes back Welsh National Opera with a trio of brand new operas as part of the Fallen Women series – La Traviata, Manon Lescaut and Boulevard Solitude.

And Derren Brown makes another welcome return from the West End with his latest show, Infamous, demonstrating once again why he is one of the world’s most renowned live performers.

For the box office, call 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes