Action-packed line-up at theatre for the new year

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As 2012 draws to a close at Milton Keynes Theatre with its fun- filled panto Cinderella, it’s time to look ahead to the theatre’s spring programme.

There’s plenty for musical lovers, including a brand new Dolly Parton musical. Based on the hit movie, 9 To 5 The Musical stars Mark Moraghan, Jackie Clune, Natalie Casey and Bonnie Langford.

For more feel-good fun, join Mark Benton and Lucy Benjamin in the big hit, Hairspray, which returns to MK after selling out in 2010.

And get your skates on to see the electrifying new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber sensation Starlight Express.

Jersey Nights celebrates the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

From the pen of the writer of Father Ted comes West End comedy hit, The Ladykillers with Michelle Dotrice, Clive Mantle and Cliff Parisi, bringing the much-loved Ealing comedy classic to the stage in a hilarious production.

Goodnight Mr Tom at Milton Keynes Theatre

Goodnight Mr Tom at Milton Keynes Theatre

Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon star in classic Alan Ayckbourn comedy Relatively Speaking prior to a West End run.

The Royal Shakespeare Company visits with The Winter’s Tale, an uplifting tale of reconciliation and forgiveness, while Lenny Henry takes on one of the 20th century’s most poignant characters in Fences, a universal story which will touch a chord in every heart.

Scare yourself silly as The Woman In Black transports you into a chilling and ghostly world and grab your hankies for the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom starring Olivier award-winning actor Oliver Ford Davies.

There’s dance for everyone as choreographer Matthew Bourne celebrates New Adventures’ 25th birthday with a a world premiere tour of his latest re-imagining of ballet classic Sleeping Beauty.

‘Strictly’ professional Brendan Cole is set to dazzle audiences again in his brand new show, Licence To Thrill, and Northern Ballet return with their new ballet for 2013 The Great Gatsby and their first production especially for children, Ugly Duckling.

One night shows include comedy from Jethro, Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill and Milton Jones.

The Hairy Bikers make a one-night appearance with a show packed with food, laughs and surprises.