Show Stoppers: Nancy Stevens previews September’s top theatre shows in MK

Mark Haddon’s bestselling book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (September 4 to 16, MK Theatre) returns for a second UK tour, writes Nancy Stevens.

It’s seven minutes after midnight and 15-year-old Christopher Boone stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork. Christopher is under suspicion.

He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed the dog.

He has an extraordinary brain, is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, detests being touched, and distrusts strangers.

His detective work, banned by his father, takes him on a frightening journey, overturning his world.

This is a brilliantly staged show that is utterly thought-provoking.

Then Cilla (September 26 to 30, MK Theatre) comes to Milton Keynes.

Newcomer Kara Lily Hayworth has been cast in this iconic role which charts the rise of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.

Cilla – The Musical is based on Jeff Pope’s hugely successful TV drama which starred Sheridan Smith.

Liverpudlian teenager Priscilla White dreams of stardom. Her introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein changes her life forever.

At 25 she became singer and TV star Cilla Black, the number one-selling artist. The soundtrack epitomises the 60s, including Alfie.

Blackadder Goes Forth (September 18 to 23, Stantonbury Theatre) is back, and this time it’s war!

This is a show as cunning as a fox who’s been made Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

MKTOC presents Ben Elton’s and Richard Curtis’ final series of Blackadder.

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