REVIEW: ‘Disney’s Aladdin’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, Spring 2024

 

Disney’s Aladdin is theatrical escapism at its shining, shimmering, splendid best.

It’s crystal clear from the moment this engaging musical begins that audience members of all ages will have their eyes opened wide to the magic of theatre. The show fills seasoned theatregoers with nostalgia for the 1992 animated film, warmly welcomes those who are experiencing live theatre for the very first time and leaves everyone on a powerful high.

Slick direction and captivating choreography accompanied by live music. Mesmerising special effects, genie-us tricks, stunning sets, colourful costumes. Bold banter, sharp humour, slapstick silliness. Cross my heart and a pinky swear: this is an enormously energetic, enchanting and entertaining take on a classic Disney offering.

 

Disney's Aladdin. Genie (Yeukayi Ushe) poses centre stage, surrounded by female ensemble dancers wafting colourful scarves.

 

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NEWS: Take flight to a whole new world with ‘Disney’s Aladdin’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, Spring 2024

 

One lamp and three wishes will make the possibilities infinite when Disney’s Aladdin flies in to enchant audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre for four weeks this spring.

Theatregoers can expect magic, comedy and spectacle from this critically acclaimed Broadway and West End musical, which is touring the UK and Ireland for the very first time. The show is floating in for an extended stay in Milton Keynes, with performances from Wednesday 24 April to Sunday 19 May.

This energetic adaptation of the 1992 animated film has already been seen by over 14 million people worldwide. Now is your chance to experience the hustle and bustle of Agrabah before hopping aboard the magic carpet. Time to escape to a whole new world!

 

Disney's Aladdin. Aladdin (Gavin Adams) admires the magic lamp in the golden Cave of Wonders.

 

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NEWS: Make a date to see ‘Pretty Woman’ musical – Milton Keynes Theatre, March 2024

 

Get ready to fall in love with a pretty romantic musical when Pretty Woman visits Milton Keynes Theatre this month.

Once upon a time, in the late 1980s, kind-hearted escort Vivian Ward was hired by wealthy businessman Edward Lewis to accompany him to several high-profile events. Their two very different worlds collided spectacularly, yet these unlikely soul mates overcame all odds to turn a relationship that began as a business transaction into a romance that changed both of their lives forever.

It’s one of Hollywood’s best-loved romantic comedies. Now, theatregoers are being invited to experience classic moments from the movie in a pretty magical new way. We are promised a dazzlingly joyous theatrical take on a timeless love story.

 

Amber Davies, Oliver Savile and company in Pretty Woman.

 

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NEWS: Enjoy songwriting trio’s greatest hits in new musical ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, March 2024

 

Pop music lovers listen up: the new Stock Aitken Waterman musical, I Should Be So Lucky, visits Milton Keynes Theatre this month.

Get ready to hear the songwriting trio’s beloved chart-toppers like never before in this original British musical, which invites theatregoers to lose themselves in a whirlwind of sun-kissed adventures and iconic pop classics. The show’s powerhouse creative team promises to use the soundtrack of a generation to tell an original story of love, laughter and last-minute getaways.

Ella and Nathan are a star-crossed couple with wedding jitters and tropical dreams. Will their love sail smoothly or are stormy break-ups ahead? Only time and tunes will tell.

 

Melissa Jacques, Jessica Daley, Jemma Churchill, Kayla Carter, Lucie-Mae Sumner and Scott Paige in I Should Be So Lucky.

 

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REVIEW: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, January 2024

 

Can I have your attention please? Uplifting musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World leaves theatregoers of all ages walking taller and humming toe-tapping tunes.

The production, which is based on a non-fiction picture book by suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst, is bringing inspiring women to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre this week. Dramatist Chris Bush and songwriters Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo have creatively honoured the legacy of some of the world’s most iconic women by giving them bold and insightful words to say and a great pop soundtrack to sing.

Eleven-year-old protagonist Jade is visiting the local museum on a school trip with her classmates. Jade tends to be one of the “quiet children” teachers sing the praises of (those children that “never get detention”). Unfortunately, what this often means is that Jade frequently ends up being invisible and insignificant (as such children “don’t require attention”). Her teachers easily forget about her, while her parents’ impending divorce has left her feeling voiceless and powerless.

When she is inadvertently deserted by her harried teachers, Jade stumbles across the Gallery of Greatness, which is not yet open to the public. This wing of the museum pays homage to some of the most amazing women from history. As something of a lost soul, Jade doubts that she will ever make her mark on the world like those fantastic women did.

Fortunately, this entire show is a vibrant lesson in herstory (history from a female perspective) and self-belief. As soon as Jade slips into the out-of-bounds space it bursts into energetic life to empower her to be part of the movement and recognise her own greatness. Through a series of upbeat musical encounters, she gets to know an all-singing, all-dancing sisterhood of wise – and wisecracking – wonder women. And learns that “there is no such thing as an ordinary woman”.

 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, the musical. Inquisitive schoolgirl Jade ventures into the out-of-bounds Gallery of Greatness during a school trip to the local museum.

 

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