West End star Sheridan Smith to shine at Milton Keynes Theatre

Show Stoppers column, by Nancy Stevens.

I am literally shaking in my showbiz shoes with excitement as a bona fide West End star comes to MK this month.

We’ve had our share of stars here before and I have been fortunate enough to interview a few, but none whose star will shine quite so brightly as that of Sheridan Smith.

Smith plays the lead role in FUNNY GIRL (Feb 28-March 4) at Milton Keynes Theatre – the musical that brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago.

Funny Girl

Boasting some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain on My Parade, Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from a Brooklyn music hall singer to a Broadway star.

I am a huge fan of the Olivier award-winning Smith (can you tell?) and can’t wait to see her portrayal of Brice.

Here’s two other shows that will be well worth seeing this month…

The Red Shoes (Feb 14-18) I am in awe of the talent of one of the world’s greatest choreographers, Matthew Bourne, and am very excited that his ballet production of The Red Shoes is making its world premiere at MK Theatre.

Like many little girls, I was inspired to dance by the film, starring Moira Shearer.

I am looking forward to seeing his interpretation of this beloved fairy tale, which has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its story of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Monty Python’s Spamalot (Feb 28-March 4) Monty Python gallops into Stantonbury Theatre to bring the wild world of Pythonesque Camelot to Milton Keynes (to the sound of banging coconut shells of course).

Treat yourself to a night of splendid absurdity, and join in with the songs brought to you by ETC Theatre Company. For tickets call 01908 324466.

nancys

Listen to Nancy Stevens’ arts show on MKFM every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm. Twitter:@NancyStevensMK

This article was published in the February issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full digital magazine here

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