Georgina Butler photographed outside in a tranquil garden, during a classical ballet photo shoot. She is sideways on to the viewer, in a kneeling swan pose, with an arched back and her gaze directed up to the sky.

NEWS: Prepare to be dazzled by ‘Dreamgirls’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, January 2022

 

Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is on the road for its first UK tour and performances in Milton Keynes start this month.

The show, which will visit Milton Keynes Theatre for a two-week run from Tuesday 25 January, promises to deliver an extraordinary story and unforgettable vocals.

According to the production’s tagline, ‘there’s a story behind every dream’. Indeed, Dreamgirls transports audiences to a revolutionary time in American history to share a cautionary, yet ultimately uplifting, tale of stardom. Based on the showbiz aspirations of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown, the musical charts the tumultuous journey of a girl group.

It’s the 1960s and friends Effie, Lorrell and Deena form a singing trio. Naïve but talented and ambitious, the girls must contend with a white-dominated music industry, manipulative managers, rivalry and heartbreak in order to find personal and professional success.

 

Dreamgirls UK Tour publicity image. Three black women, wearing gold dresses, stand side by side with their backs to the viewer. They are posing with their arms up as if to announce their arrival.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, Christmas 2021

 

Fee-fi-fo-fum, panto is back at Milton Keynes Theatre and the long-awaited Jack and the Beanstalk is gold-standard entertainment for everyone!

After so many restrictions and changes of direction in the real world, the only way is up (and sometimes around) in this giant pantomime spectacular. Ashley Banjo headlines in the title role and the other members of street dance troupe Diversity play his siblings. This means the dynamic moves on display throughout the show are slick, synchronised and seamlessly integrated into the story.

Pounding music and flashing lights welcome us to the Land of the Giants. Thunderous footsteps reverberate around the auditorium as we are introduced to the villain, Fleshcreep, who does Giant Blunderbore’s bidding. Most of the action then orbits around the Village of Roundybout, home to Jack Trot and his girlfriend, Princess Jill. Later, a foolish exchange involving the Trot family’s cow, Daisy, motivates our panto stars to climb up an enormous beanstalk to Cloudland. Here, daring and defiant, they take on an angry giant.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk at Milton Keynes Theatre, Christmas 2021. Ashley Banjo as Jack Trot and Diversity as Jack's siblings.

 

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NEWS: World Ballet Day 2021, 19 October 2021

 

Happy World Ballet Day 2021!

 

Today is World Ballet Day 2021 and this year the celebration is going to be the biggest and best yet.

A record-breaking 51 dance companies, across six continents, are uniting for the eighth edition of the annual online event.

Organised by The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet, World Ballet Day 2021 will highlight the theme of resilience. So, as well as rare access to company classes and rehearsals, there will be interviews and discussions that explore the creativity, determination and passion needed to dance through tough times. All 24 hours of content is being live-streamed for free and viewers are encouraged to get involved on social media.

Whether you are a newcomer to ballet or a lifelong fan, you must seize the opportunity to fill your day with dance!

 

World Ballet Day 2021 'jump for joy' image of dancer James Large in rehearsal at The Royal Ballet. James is captured mid-leap, with his legs stretching in a split, his right arm extending out to the side and his left arm reaching up to the ceiling.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Waitress’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, October 2021

 

Bittersweet romantic comedy musical Waitress exuberantly proves the power of pie without sugar-coating life’s complexities and disappointments.

Protagonist Jenna Hunterson is passionate about baking and dreams up a new pie for every occasion. Trapped in an abusive marriage and living the same day on repeat as a waitress at a diner in a small southern American town, she temporarily escapes by experimenting with pastry.

The therapeutic mixing, kneading, rolling, filling and crimping helps Jenna process her feelings. So, whenever she has too much on her plate, she invents pies inspired by her experiences and anxieties. This means that her fanciful menu features creations such as “My Husband’s A Jerk Chicken Pot Pie”, “Where There’s A Whisk There’s A Way Pie” and “Almost Makes You Believe Again Pie”.

Jenna was introduced to the magic of a well-made pie as a child. Her now dearly departed mother distracted her with sugar, butter and flour to shield her from unhappiness in the family home. Discovering she has her own bun in the oven, Jenna tentatively begins to admit that she has had enough of taking orders from her husband and wants a taste of something else.

With her self-esteem as flat as a pancake, she must look deep inside herself to find the courage to bake a better life.

 

Lucie Jones as Jenna in Waitress. She is wearing a waitress uniform comprising a pale blue dress with white buttons and a white apron. Jenna is surrounded by four ensemble characters who are each holding two pies and positioning them as if they are floating in the air around Jenna, framing her.

 

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NEWS: ‘Waitress’ on tour fresh from the West End – Milton Keynes Theatre, October 2021

 

Discover what baking can do when Waitress serves up a delicious confection of peppy songs, romance, drama and comedy at Milton Keynes Theatre.

The smash-hit show is stopping off in the new city from Monday 4 October as part of its first UK and Ireland tour and musical theatre lovers are in for a treat.

Baked straight from the heart, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and pie-maker extraordinaire at a small-town diner, who dreams of a way out of her unhappy marriage. Could the arrival of a hot new doctor and the announcement of a pie-baking contest turn Jenna’s life around?

With the support of her workmates, Becky and Dawn, Jenna faces up to unexpected challenges and finds that laughter, love and friendship are essential ingredients in the recipe for happiness.

 

Waitress UK Tour promotional image. Lucie Jones as Jenna, Sandra Marvin as Becky and Evelyn Hoskins as Dawn. All three women are wearing a waitress uniform comprising a pale blue dress with white buttons and a white apron.

 

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