Show Stoppers column, by Nancy Stevens.
Jodie Prenger shot to fame when she was crowned winner of I’d Do Anything, the 2008 BBC show searching for a Nancy for Oliver!
She was equally as brilliant as Shani Wallis was in the 1968 film – gutsy, determined and belting out her songs.
Jodie will play Shirley in Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine (March 27-April 1, MK Theatre).
Shirley’s life is empty, her kids have left home, and she has taken to talking to the wall.
Offered a trip to Greece, she secretly packs her bags, and goes. Adventure, romance, and a fulfilling life ensue.
I think this role will suit Prenger perfectly. With a career spanning 40 years, Willy Russell (Blood Brothers, Educating Rita) is undeniably one of the most successful playwrights of his generation.
When Russell met Jodie he knew instantly here was a formidable actress who possessed the grit, warmth, drive and vulnerability to recreate the part.
The Play that goes wrong (March 13-18, MK Theatre) is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce, and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ that is attempting to put on a 1920s murder-mystery.
As the title suggests, everything that can go wrong, does, as the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to get to their final curtain call. Laughs are a 100% guaranteed in this show.
Austerity The Musical (March 29-April 1, MK Library) is a controversial new play by the brilliant partnership of writer Mike Elliston and director Rosemary Hill, seen through the eyes of the 1951 Festival of Britain and another period of austerity.
For tickets to this play, visit ticketsource.co.uk/event/164893
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This article was first published in the March issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine, which is exclusively the only local magazine available for pick-up in the Milton Keynes branch of Waitrose, at Oakgrove. You can also pick up a copy from David Lloyd Club in Newlands or from University Campus Milton Keynes. Read the full March digital edition by clicking here.