Autumn season preview from Milton Keynes Theatre

Nigel Havers (Algernon) and Martin Jarvis (Jack) in Importance Of Being Earnest-Photo Tristram Kenton-1637 (1)

It’s a frightening thought but the autumn theatre season is upon us and, with it, the inevitability that it is followed by Christmas.

There are some tremendous programmes planned by some of the country’s major theatres. Today we look at what is to come at Milton Keynes Theatre, the regional flagship of the ATG empire.

When they are rehearsing a show, The Bunbury Players are very much in earnest. In this case, it’s The Importance of Being Earnest that they are presenting.

A starry cast of some of our best known actors, including Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis and Sian Phillips, kick off the autumn season with an original take on Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy (read Stage Review’s review from its visit to Aylesbury Waterside bit.ly/1s6P1ox).

DRS Gary Wilmot

They may be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels but the two swindlers who try and fleece the well-heeled tourists on the French Riviera may well find that making a living as con-men is tougher than they thought. Starring Michael Praed and Gary Wilmot.

Snuggling into an ermine trimmed cape in October and direct from a sold-out run in London that earned five star reviews, King Charles III suggests one possible scenario for the future with Robert Powell as the newly-crowned monarch on the British throne.

English National Ballet return with Romeo and Juliet and Lest We Forget, a poignant reflection on World War l while the Glyndebourne Tour presents the next generation of opera stars in three diverse works by Mozart, Donizetti and Handel.

tommy steele

Tommy Steele, a household name for more than 50 years, is In The Mood for The Glenn Miller Story, a new show at the venue in October.

The multi award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is unmissable (Stage Review verdict bit.ly/1MI4frw).

This National Theatre production, based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, is one of those shows that make live theatre a very special experience.

No-one can survive alone. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility accused of a double murder, former accountant Andy Dufresne finds that out to his cost. The Shawshank Redemption stars Ian Kelsey and Patrick Robinson.

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back for The Last Tango, their final ever theatre tour.

This year’s panto (what, not got your tickets yet?) is Aladdin.

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