Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and
War Horse, Milton Keynes Theatre, until October 6
One of the most acclaimed theatre shows of the century so far has galloped in to Milton Keynes Theatre. War Horse has been seen by more than seven million people worldwide and completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre in March 2016. It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War, is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. The show features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
Natural Causes, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, September 27-29
Vincent, a somewhat inept professional suicide merchant with a huge chip on his shoulder, has been summoned by Walter Bryce to help his wife Celia end it all. Seems pretty straight forward? So why are her suicide letters typed and unsigned? Where does the shapely secretary fit in?
Can the Samaritans save the day? Will the rubber plant survive? And just what IS so bad about Slough?
Chris Ramsey, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, September 27
Critically acclaimed and award-winning stand-up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and the Stand Up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place is bringing his extended tour to the area.
Huggy Flares, Wheatsheaf, Leighton Buzzard, September 28
The five piece soul and funk outfit will be performing at the North Street venue. They’ll play songs from 60s soul to 70s funk.
Soul’d to the Bone, The Heath Inn, Heath and Reach, September 28
The monthly soul night runs from 9pm to 1am and entrance is free.
Castle Comedy, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 28
Set in the Marlborough Gate Bistro and hosted by Castle Comedy’s Paul Revill, each month sees TV favourites and the UK’s freshest comedy acts take to the Late and Live stage. Jarred Christmas, who has been on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week headline with MK homegrown, award-winning comedian, Mark Cram. There will also be an option to have a curry before the event.
Scary Canary, The Red Lion, Leighton Buzzard, September 29
Scary Canary are an established five piece band playing all the favourites from the 80s onwards
Rick Wakeman, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, September 29
The show, entitled Piano Odyssey, will showcase music that has a special connection with Rick’s personal musical journey along with memories, anecdotes and a few musical surprises.
This Little Girl & the Dillicats, Royal British Legion, September 29
The family band consists of dad Nigel Blackwell, his two sons John and Charlie and percussionist daughter Kerry and in the 10 years since their formation they have won many fans with their all action set. The evening also features top rock ‘n’ roll DJ ‘The Tartan Ted’. Pay on the door. Non-members welcome. Doors open 7.30pm.
Extreme Championship Improv, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, September 29
This team of fearless improvisers will once again make up more scenes, songs and do more wonderfully terrible impressions totally based on audience suggestions. It is presented in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?