Celebrate:MK theatre columnist Nancy Stevens previews three shows you can catch in Milton Keynes in June.
Set in a northern mining town during the 1984/85 miners’ strike, BILLY ELLIOTT (May 30 to June 17, MK Theatre) leaves the boxing ring for a ballet class.
There he discovers a life-changing passion for dance that inspires his working-class family and the whole community.
Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is a most heart-warming show. It’s an inspirational tale immortalised by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film, including writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and Elton John, who composed the show’s score.
“It’s good to be different!” is Billy’s motto. Another big show worth seeing is DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS (July 3 to 8, MK Theatre), written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.
Inspired by the smash-hit multi-million selling albums, it features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song-writing competition – and for love.
You can also support local theatre by watching Arts1 students perform the musical 9 to 5 (June 17, Stantonbury Theatre), featuring the music of Dolly Parton.
For tickets call 01908 324466.
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