Writer for Total MK


Writer for Total MK, the website for everything in Milton Keynes.


Total MK delivers online editorial covering the arts, lifestyle and news in Milton Keynes.

I have been a contributor since the website launched in April 2014. As a contributor, I find stories, source pictures, organise and conduct interviews and, of course, write copy.

Although my work appears across the website, my particular focus is on dance and theatre – previews, reviews, features and interviews.

Georgina Butler is a contributor to the Total MK website. Total MK logo 2021.


Georgina has been working for me since 2010 – first as an occasional contributor to the GO leisure supplement of the Milton Keynes Citizen newspaper. It quickly became clear that her knowledge, eagerness and ability to turn around accurate, clean copy should be utilised.

She soon began writing across all the leisure pages, and consistently proved to be an asset. She has stepped in to research and write the entire section in my absence, meeting the challenge with her typically positive style.

Since April 2014, Georgina has been working for the Total MK leisure website – contributing editorial on a range of topics, but specialising in articles around dance and ballet, her absolute passions.

She is a dance aficionado and it shows in her interviews and reviews of productions, which are glorious in detail and brilliantly executed.

Georgina is a pleasure to work with and her understanding of the topics she writes about is illustrated in every sentence.

These traits, together with a sunny nature and professional manner, make her the perfect ambassador for Total MK.


Sammy Jones

Editor, Total MK (www.totalmk.co.uk)
Leisure Editor, Milton Keynes Citizen (2001–2018)





Examples of content contributed:





Big Bad Wolf set to huff, puff and pirouette onto Milton Keynes Theatre stage

A right royal World Book Night at The Prince George

Reader outing and a reason to smile for Carole 

Meet and greet: Total MK introduces Northern Ballet dancer Sean Bates

Review: Vincent and Flavia sizzle in Dance ’til Dawn

Dance is the word as Total MK writer Georgina Butler is invited to English National Ballet writers event

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Northern Ballet

Behind the scenes at English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition

Review: Northern Ballet’s three little pigs

‘Wood’ you write with these beautiful pens?

Help Welsh 3000s challengers reach fundraising target for the Teenage Cancer Trust 

You are the ones that they want

Contemporary choir set to rock at Stantonbury Theatre

Review: Dirty Dancing at Milton Keynes Theatre is high energy and infectiously joyous

Our Carole’s 25th novel dazzles in Sunday Times bestseller list

Young dancer wins place on coveted course





Review: Jersey Boys at Milton Keynes Theatre

A cut above the rest: Edward Scissorhands returns to Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands at Milton Keynes Theatre

Romantic Novelists’ Association award for our Carole

Dance ’til dawn with Flavia and Vincent

Brontë classic Wuthering Heights told by Northern Ballet

Dance for little mites with Northern Ballet

Review: Northern Ballet triumph with Wuthering Heights at Milton Keynes Theatre

Book Review: The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthew

Review: Les Misérables School Edition at Stantonbury Theatre

Review: Shrek the Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre

English National Ballet ‘draw’ up exclusive Milton Keynes Theatre programme

English National Ballet’s visit to Milton Keynes will be twice as nice

Review: Awesome and absorbing dance works make for a night to remember

Review: English National Ballet wows with sumptuous Romeo and Juliet

Vincent and Flavia dance off with The Last Tango at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: The Last Tango dazzles at Milton Keynes Theatre

Interview: Panto star Wayne Sleep talks with Total MK

Review: The entertaining eccentricities of Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre!





Interview: New Adventures principal Dominic North in conversation

Bourne brilliance returns to Milton Keynes Theatre with Sleeping Beauty

Review: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is a wonderful, spellbinding success

Passionate performance from San Francisco Ballet in Milton Keynes this Valentine’s Day

From Carmen to The Car Man with New Adventures, on screen at Cineworld MK

Northern Ballet’s take on George Orwell’s 1984 debuts on BBC Four this week

Review: Northern Ballet’s 1984 on BBC Four

One of the world’s leading modern dance companies to grace the silver screen in Milton Keynes

Dive in as Northern Ballet brings Swan Lake to the new city

Northern Ballet: The Tortoise and the Hare rivals dance off

Review: Swan Lake at Milton Keynes Theatre

Milton Keynes Amateur Operatic Society brings rom-com to the stage

Interview: Robin Windsor talks to Total MK about Keep Dancing, coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next week

Prepare to be cha-cha-charmed by fancy footwork as Keep Dancing waltzes in to Milton Keynes

Review: Keep Dancing at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Milton Keynes Theatre

‘Dance is in my soul’, says Cats choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne

Review: Footloose at Milton Keynes Theatre – explosive and excellent!

Top cats don’t get the cream, they get a ticket to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit in Milton Keynes

Review: Cat-itude aplenty with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s menagerie of moggies at Milton Keynes Theatre

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker workshops set to sprinkle some seasonal magic in Milton Keynes

English National Ballet tiptoes into town with seasonal treat, Nutcracker 

Review: Panto-pizzazz in Dick Whittington at Milton Keynes Theatre





More Bourne brilliance is set for Milton Keynes: The Red Shoes is in town next week

Get sensual with Casanova and Northern Ballet at Milton Keynes Theatre

Giuliano Contadini is Casanova: discover the dancer starring in Northern Ballet’s newest production

Northern Ballet brings Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Milton Keynes

Review: Northern Ballet brings Casanova to Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Northern Ballet’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas under the spotlight

Review: Grease at Milton Keynes Theatre

English National Ballet brings a delicious double bill to Milton Keynes Theatre

Vincent and Flavia are back in Milton Keynes with a Tango for today





Interview: Total MK speaks with James Leece, starring in The Snowman at Milton Keynes Theatre

Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman to transform Milton Keynes Theatre into a winter wonderland

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella will bring magic to Milton Keynes Theatre next week

Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Milton Keynes Theatre

Dance students prepare for VaVaVoom in Milton Keynes

The Little Mermaid is ready to make a splash at Milton Keynes Theatre

Interview: Northern Ballet dancer Abigail Prudames talks The Little Mermaid with Total MK

Have fun and focus on dance this summer as Milton Keynes studio hosts exciting summer school

Eat, sleep, dance and repeat as Milton Keynes students get ready for their summer show

Review: War Horse at Milton Keynes Theatre

Engage with English National Ballet in workshops at Milton Keynes Theatre

English National Ballet brings love, decadence and passion to Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: English National Ballet’s Nutcracker, London Coliseum, Christmas 2018





Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is on its way to Milton Keynes Theatre

Explore Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in dance workshops at Milton Keynes Theatre

Northern Ballet’s Victoria is a dance production fit for a queen

Northern Ballet at Milton Keynes Theatre: by royal appointment 

Gritty dance theatre production #JeSuis on its way to Milton Keynes

Review: English National Ballet deliver Cinderella in-the-round at London’s Royal Albert Hall

Review: Motown the Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre

Them/Us: BalletBoyz to bring a new double bill of dance to Milton Keynes Theatre

Northern Ballet’s Dracula promises to be a ballet with bite in Milton Keynes 

English National Ballet returns to Milton Keynes Theatre with Le Corsaire

Review: English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Family-friendly fun guaranteed in Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre





The Red Shoes will be re-Bourne at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: The King and I is a magnificent visual spectacle





Revel in the resilience of the arts with English National Ballet’s digital season

Be amazed by artistic acrobatics from The 7 Fingers at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Passagers at Milton Keynes Theatre leaves us awestruck

Waitress the Musical visits Milton Keynes fresh from the West End

Dark comedy Heathers the Musical arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Diversity deliver a giant of a panto in Milton Keynes





Milton Keynes actress to star in Dreamgirls when it visits Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Dreamgirls is simply shamelessly extravagant entertainment

Discover the sugar-coated world of Nutcracker! at Milton Keynes Theatre

Splash-hit musical Singin’ in the Rain returns to Milton Keynes

Review: Singin’ in the Rain brings sun beams and rainbows

Celebrate being a bit different with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in Milton Keynes

Northern Ballet invites you to The Great Gatsby in Milton Keynes this week

Sunny, funny, super trouper of a show Mamma Mia! visits Milton Keynes this week

Turn back time with The Cher Show in Milton Keynes this week

Review: The Cher Show is a star-splitting spectacle

Fisherman’s Friends The Musical docks soon at Milton Keynes Theatre

Give a little love to Bugsy Malone in Milton Keynes

‘Bob Dylan musical’ Girl From The North Country coming to Milton Keynes Theatre

Review: Girl From The North Country is a musing, musical mood piece





Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty returns to Milton Keynes

Review: Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty is spellbinding on Milton Keynes visit

You are never too old for adventure at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Milton Keynes

Review: Milton Keynes welcomes The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Golden tickets available for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Milton Keynes

Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should be on your musical bucket list

Dada Masilo brings new dance work, The Sacrifice, to Milton Keynes

Review: Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a flashy and frenetic fairy tale

Tightened security in place for The Bodyguard’s return to Milton Keynes

Expect sweet storytelling from Winnie the Pooh musical in Milton Keynes

Discover The Ocean at the End of the Lane in Milton Keynes

Toe-tapping times ahead as 42nd Street brings Broadway to Milton Keynes

Review: 42nd Street brings a classy celebration of show business to Milton Keynes

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet will bring passionate dance to Milton Keynes

Review: Bourne’s brilliance is sprinkled over Romeo and Juliet

Embark on an epic journey when Life of Pi comes to Milton Keynes

Review: Life of Pi in Milton Keynes – a stunningly realised play

Ailey 2 is bringing the next generation of dance to Milton Keynes

Prepare to be scared at thriller play 2:22 A Ghost Story in Milton Keynes

Review: 2:22 A Ghost Story brings chilling moments to Milton Keynes Theatre

The Drifters Girls musical will come on over to Milton Keynes this month

Review: The Drifters Girl at Milton Keynes Theatre