Theatre set for a blockbuster run to Christmas

Dawn French launches her new tour Thirty Million Minutes
Dawn French launches her new tour Thirty Million Minutes

There truly is something for everyone at the Milton Keynes Theatre this autumn with performances sure to wow the crowds.

Proving that the spirit of rock is alive, the outrageous debauchery that is Rock Of Ages - starring Ben Richards and Noel Sullivan - is in town from August 18-23.

Stones in his Pockets, the hilarious tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot, then arrives on September 15.

It is performed by two talented actors who together play 15 characters between them.

Agatha Christie’s seminal ‘whodunit’ The Mousetrap, the longest running show in history, hits the stage from September 22-27.

It broke box office records in 2012, so make sure you get your tickets quick.

The record-breaking Dirty Dancing then returns from October 21 to November 8 ahead of Dreamboats and Miniskirts, the long-awaited sequel to hit 1950s musical Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Thigh-slapping show Calamity Jane will entertain the crowds from November 25-29 and the stunning Top Hat, starring Jodie Prenger and Tom Lister is on from August 26 to September 6.

Joseph Alford’s thought-provoking production of The Man Jesus comes to the Milton Keynes Theatre on October 13 for one night only.

English National Ballet’s Swan Lake will romance the crowds from November 11-15 and Glyndebourne, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, takes place between November 18-22.

Music lovers also have plenty to choose from with The Illegal Eagles (September 12), Halfway To Paradise - The Billy Fury Story (September 13) and Jackson Live In Concert (September 29), all at the Milton Keynes Theatre.

Soon afterwards, Jane Mcdonald will take to the stage on October 1 before Dancing In The Streets on October 17 and Marty Wilde’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party on November 24.

For those with a taste for the spectacular, special one night events such as Over The Rainbow (September 14), Beyond The Barricade (September 9), Sing-A-Long-A Grease (September 21), and An Evening Of Burlesque (October 16) will not disappoint.

The comedy shows are set to bring more laughs than ever before with national treasure Dawn French launching her brand new tour Thirty Million Minutes.

She is in Milton Keynes from September 17-19.

Little ones have a lot to get their teeth into as well with Dinosaur Zoo arriving from the West End from October 2, bringing awesome prehistoric creatures to life.

Bradley Walsh is back for the Peter Pan panto to round off a spectacular end to the year for Milton Keynes Theatre.

Walsh returns as Smee from December 5 to January 11, having last performed at the theatre seven years ago.

He is joined by Britain’s Got Talent dance sensations Flawless as a group of hip-hopping pirates and David Bedella as Captain Hook.