Show Stoppers Column: They’re creepy and they’re kooky

Cara Lee talks about upcoming productions that will appear at Milton Keynes Theatre, with the likes of The Addams Family and Dreamgirls.

It’s actually been a pretty good time for theatre fans recently!

We had the trailer for the brand-new film version of West Side Story, out this December and almost every major West End show has announced reopening (or in some cases opening) dates, mostly ranging from May to October.

Some of the biggest include Les Mis (20th of May) Phantom of the Opera (21st of July) and Frozen (now opening on the 27th of August).

Speaking of theatre on the big screen, the much-anticipated reopening of cinemas from the 17th of May will bring the film adaptation of Hamilton writer Lin Manuel Miranda’s first hit musical In the Heights, out in cinemas on the 25th of June.

Going back to MK, we’ve also had at least one pretty big piece of local touring news close to the time of writing.

More specifically, we’ve had more information about Dreamgirls, which is at Milton Keynes Theatre on its big new tour from the 25th of January to the 5th of February.

Loosely based on the story of the Supremes and the careers of similar groups, the show first hit Broadway in the 80s, before being turned into a film starring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson in 2006, before finally having its first award-winning UK stage production in 2016.

Tickets went on sale on the 27th of April and are available at atgtickets.com.

It’s also been confirmed that Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakley will once again be starring in the Addams Family Musical, at Milton Keynes Theatre from the 31st of August to the 4th of September.

Unfortunately, for now the reopening of MK Theatre has also been delayed until at least Saturday the 26th of June.

Stantonbury Theatre’s current reopening date is set for the 31st of July, while Aylesbury Waterside Theatre hadn’t released any official news on this at the time of going to print.

But at least we have a lot of great theatre locally, in London and on the big screen to look forward to when things do eventually go back to normal!

Cara Lee is an MK based freelance writer and editor, who also writes the theatre blog In the Lights. You can find her on Twitter at @LeeInTheLights, on Instagram at @inthelightsblog and on Facebook at @caraleecontent

This feature was published in the June and July 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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