Show Stoppers Column: The Girl on the Train to MK

Nancy Stevens previews a thriller adapted for the theatre and Matthew Bourne’s menacing male ensemble in Swan Lake, on stage at MK Theatre this month…

Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been adapted for the stage and comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from January 23 to 26.

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the apparently perfect couple, happy and in love, she sees through the train window every day.

When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

Starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Sam several times and she is one of the nicest people in showbiz. Her career spans TV, film and theatre, but she is best known as Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders.

She also wowed audiences here in MK last year as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family Musical.

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE dances into Milton Keynes Theatre from January 29 to February 2. I’m a huge fan and loved his adaptation of Edward Scissorhands.

I adore his quirky contemporary approach to ballet. Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Bourne, Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) award-winning designers, and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting reimagining of this classic.

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm.

Collecting over 30 international accolades, including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary version of Swan Lake.

Listen to Nancy Stevens’ award winning local arts show on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm. Listen again at spreaker.com/show/stevens-on-sunday.

This feature was published in the January 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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