The cast of the spine-chilling The House On Cold Hill

MK Theatre to host World Premiere of The House On Cold Hill

Friday, 12 October

As previously announced, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James returns to theatres from January 2019 with the world premiere production of the spine-chilling stage play The House on Cold Hill which comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Mon 15 – Sat 20 April.

Adapted from his best-selling 2015 novel and based on the author’s own real-life experience in a haunted house, the play will star the previously announced, BAFTA nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Joe McFadden (The Crow Road, Heartbeat, Holby City) as ‘Ollie Harcourt’ and joining him, as his wife ‘Caro Harcourt’, will be award winning actress Rita Simons, (who played the iconic Roxy Mitchell in Eastenders), as well as award winning actors, Charlie Clements (‘Bradley’ in EastEnders) as ‘Chris’, and Persephone Swales-Dawson (villainess ‘Nico Blake’ in Hollyoaks) as ‘Jade’, making her professional stage debut.

In Peter's ghostly mystery, the Harcourt family - Ollie, Caro and daughter Jade – move into the house of the dreams that has been empty for the last forty years. However, their dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares, as they begin to sense that they aren’t the only residents at Cold Hill…

The House on Cold Hill is a modern-day ghostly thriller that will send shivers down your spine and make you think twice about returning home to a dark, empty house after the show!

Rita Simons is best known for playing ‘Roxy Mitchell’ in BBC's Eastenders, and is one of Britain’s best loved TV actresses. She won Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards and other awards and nominations include Best Newcomer at the Digital Spy Soap Awards, Best Onscreen Partnership for her character partnership with Ronnie Mitchell played by Samantha Womack, Best Newcomer at the TV Now awards, a nomination for Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards and Best Newcomer at the Inside Soap Awards.

Rita has also appeared as Hannah in Mile High, Julie in Dream Team and recently toured the UK and Ireland as Paulette Bonafonte in hit musical Legally Blonde.  In Spring 2012, Rita was the subject of a major documentary film Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me made by Leopard Films for primetime BBC1. Rita actively supports the charity RNID. Most recently Rita received rave reviews for her performance as ‘Lisa Prescott’ in the film The Krays: Dead Man Walking, an untold chapter from the notorious legend of the Kray Twins.

Rita Simons said, “I am really thrilled to be starring in the House on Cold Hill along side such great actors as Joe, Charlie, Persephone and the rest the cast. I could not put it down when I first read the script – it’s a brilliant and modern day supernatural thriller that had me totally gripped and occasionally jumping out of my seat! I can’t wait to see audiences hopefully have the same reaction to it, in theatres around the UK.”

BAFTA nominated actor Joe McFadden is perhaps best known for playing series regular ‘Raf di Lucca in BBC1’s Holby City from 2014 – 2017, and as ‘P C Joe Mason’ in Heartbeat from 2010 - 2014. Other acclaimed TV roles include Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll, The Crow Road (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), Cranford and Take The High Road. His extensive theatrical credits include working with John Tiffany and the National Theatre of Scotland on The Missing, touring the UK with Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Rent at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End and Rainbow Kiss at the Royal Court. Last year he partnered with Katya Jones in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and captured the nations hearts, eventually winning the series to become the 2017 Strictly Champion.

English National Ballet wll perform Manon from Wednesday 24th until Saturday 27th October

What shows are coming to Milton Keynes Theatre over the next few months

Coming to Milton Keynes Theatre over the next few months starting on Wednesday 24 October are the English National Ballet who present Manon. It will play until in Saturday 27 October while following the ballet is Cilla The Musical which runs from Tuesday 30 October until Saturday 3 November.

Further listings including:

The Illegal Eagles - Sunday 4 November

Michael McIntyre - Thursday 8 November

Dara O’Briain - Friday 9 November 

That’ll Be The Day - Sunday 11 November

Nativity the Musical - Wednesday 14 until Sunday 18 November

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery - Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November

Jason Mansford - Sunday 25 November

Glyndebourne’s La Traviata - Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 November

Glyndebourne’s Cinderella - Wednesday 28 November until Saturday 1 December

Glyndebourne’s La Traviata Behind The Curtain - Thursday 29 November

Robin Hood – Saturday 8 December until Sunday 13 January 2019 


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And just in case you were not aware, the blockbuster that is LES MISÉRABLES will also be coming to Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 14 May until Saturday 8 June 2019.

Local youngsters all set to star in Nativity! The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre

Youngsters set to shine in Nativity! The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre

Monday 10 September

The producers of the smash-hit ‘NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL’, are thrilled to announce that following hugely successful open auditions, a group of talented children from the local area will appear in the production which comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Wed 14 – Sun 18 November.

Marie Peedle; Kuhu Agarwal; Darcie Griffiths; Caitlin Le Roux; Daisy Reynolds; Darcy Springall; Keanne Skye O’Quinn; Adelaide Barham; Aurelia Borrelli; Regan Parker; Kaspar Cahill Ritter; Layla Waggott; Elissa Birkett; and Tora Doyle will appear exclusively in the Milton Keynes leg of the tour as students of ‘Oakmoor School’.

They will be joining a stellar cast of West End stars including the hugely popular Simon Lipkin who will be returning as ‘Mr Poppy’, after delighting audiences across the country during the shows 2017 tour. 

The full cast also includes Scott Garnham who will play ‘Mr Maddens’ and Ashleigh Gray plays ‘Jennifer Lore’. Joining them will be Andy Barke, Andy Brady, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis, Kade Ferraiolo, Ashleigh Graham, Helena Pipe and Oscar Conlon-Morrey.

Simon Lipkin played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of “Avenue Q” at the Noël Coward Theatre. His other West End credits include “Guys and Dolls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Lonny’ in the original London cast of “Rock of Ages” and ‘Barlow’ in “I Can’t Sing” at the London Palladium. Simon will also star in Nativity Rocks’ the fourth film in the Nativity series which is released in November.

Scott Garnham’s previous theatre credits include the UK Tour of ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ and the West End productions of ‘Les Misérables’ at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘I Can’t Sing’ at the London Palladium.

Ashleigh Gray is most known for playing the leading role, ‘Elphaba’ in “Wicked” in the West End and on UK Tour. Her other theatre credits include “Vanities” and “Cool Rider”.

The adult company are joined by the following children aged 9 – 12 from across the Midlands as the pupils of ‘St Bernadette’s School’; Ami Bakayoko , Evie Bennell-Low, Niamh Brady, Demi Delord,  Joseph Duffy, Tommy Gallagher, Alexander Hogg,  Kheiri Isaac-Osmani, Betsy Jiggins, Ben Lee, Marlie Olivia Love, Harry Martin, Joshua Millard-Lloyd, Jasmine McKenna, Amy-Louise Mulhall, Celie NewmanGerald Ngwenya, Lyla Peters, Katelyn-Janet Rollason, Aston Sidwell, Nicholas Vakis and Angeli Yunesse Sagala.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One MomentNATIVITY! THE MUSICAL promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

Written and Directed by Debbie Isitt with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt, NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL will first open at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Tuesday 23 October 2018 and will then visit Liverpool, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Oxford before finishing the tour at The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith from 19 until 31 December.


Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners

Wednesday, 22 August

Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners will be communing to Milton Keynes Theatre next May with an even bigger production.

The show brings to life the music of Ireland's favourite sons 'The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.

A performance that will have you singing and clapping along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan’s Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights.

This celebration of the music of The Dubliners is a celebration of Irish music itself and a guaranteed evening of music, humor and ‘craic’.

Mathew Horne stars as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers as Charlie Babbit in Rain Man.

Rain Man is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre

Based on the MGM motion picture, Bill Kenwright presents the inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of Rain Man, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey and The Catherine Tate Show) stars as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) as Charlie Babbit. 

Mathew Horne is best known for playing Gavin in the much-loved, double BAFTA-winning comedy series Gavin and Stacey, as well as the BBC series The Catherine Tate Show, and Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education. 

His most recent West End stage credit was The Miser opposite Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack. Ed Speleers starred as Jimmy Kent in the Golden Globe award winning series Downton Abbey. His breakthrough came after landing the lead role in the fantasy blockbuster Eragon, since then he has starred in many films and TV series and has just been announced as joining the cast of Outlander.





When self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that his long-lost brother

Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers, has inherited the family fortune; he sets out to get ‘his half’.

Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life and the two brothers embark on a trip across America where Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined…

Inspired by the heart-warming Oscar-winning film, which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and won Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor, Rain Man follows previous acclaimed Bill Kenwright productions of films to the stage such as A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption and Twelve Angry Men.

The production will be directed by Jonathan O’Boyle whose credits include Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), This House (UK Tour); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults) winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.

Rain Man opens at Milton Keynes Theatre on Monday 3 September and plays until Saturday 8 September.

Les Miserables will easily be the biggest show to hit Milton Keynes since The Phantom of the Opera

Check out what's coming to Milton Keynes Theatre

There’s plenty of excitement ahead at Milton Keynes Theatre. With critically acclaimed drama, rib-tickling comedy, and musical offerings you’d be mad to miss out!

Kicking off the new season, the Creative Learning department at Milton Keynes Theatre have partnered with Vivo D’arte to bring this year’s Stage Experience production of Little Shop of Horrors. A local cast, aged 10 to 25, will be turning Milton Keynes into Skid Row, bringing the frightening floristry to life!

In the Autumn English National Ballet present a passionate retelling of Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Manon, and Glyndebourne, bring La Traviata and Cendrillon (Cinderella). There’s the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Rain Man, starring Matthew Horne (Gavin & Stacey) and Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey), or if you’d rather be swept up in the swinging 60’s with one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, Cilla – The Musical returns.

Alternatively find yourself rolling in the aisles when ITV’s award-winning comedy Benidorm brings the Spanish sunshine to the stage, and Mischief Theatre present their smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – it would be criminal to miss it!

The National Theatre also continues to provide audiences with world-class entertainment, presenting the sensational wartime epic, War Horse.

Additionally there is a superb line-up of special one-night events. Prepare to laugh out loud with some of the biggest names in comedy, from Joe Lycett and Dara O’Briain, to Jason Manford. There’s also a variety of music from the likes of Jane McDonald, Caro Emerald, The ELO Experience, and A Vision of Elvis.

It will soon be that time of year… Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! Shane Richie will lead the cast in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Robin Hood. This will be the ultimate sheriff-busting, arrow-shooting, tights-wearing, pantomime extravaganza ever to come to Milton Keynes Theatre!

Further family fun can be found with added ‘sparkle and shine’ from brand-new musical Nativity! The Musical, based on the smash-hit film series, bringing the feel-good festivities to the holiday season.

Looking ahead to 2019, the theatrics continue with already announced musicals including, The Rocky Horror Show, The Band, The Bodyguard, and the acclaimed production of Les Misérables – people are already storming the barricade for a ticket! Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh take for the 21st Century, and a thrilling adaptation of best-selling novel The Girl on the Train also takes to the stage. There’s plenty of excitement on the horizon at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Check out for dates and availability


The arts really do mean business at MK Theatre's International Festival debut


When the leading Utrecht theatre company Schweigman& welcomed the audience to the UK premiere of their performance of For The Time Being at Milton Keynes Theatre it quickly became clear that things were going to be a little bit different.

So what was different? Well, it is the first time Milton Keynes Theatre has participated as a venue in the IF Milton Keynes International Festival 2018 programme and it is the first time ever that not only the actors but also the audience were onstage during a performance. As Chris, a member of the audience said afterwards: “Wow! That was an exhilarating explosion of human energy. And it was made all the more exciting by being in a brilliantly conceived and well-organised performance space.”  It also only happened because of a collaboration between Milton Keynes Theatre and Urban Planners, David Lock Associates.

These days business sponsorship is a vital source of funding for many in the arts. But it’s a win-win situation. When business and the arts work together everybody benefits. As audience member Fi said: “I think business sponsorship gives arts’ groups chances to do things that they might not otherwise be able to do and it gives people like us the chance to come and see different things. And I think it’s good to see businesses putting something back into the community.”

As for David Lock Associates, the relationship with Milton Keynes Theatre has gained all round audience approval. Design Director Will Cousins says: “David Lock Associates have had a long association with the theatre in Milton Keynes and it was a pleasure to be able to support this exciting and creative production as part of the International Festival.  ‘For The Time Being’ perhaps captures what is great about the new city of MK; always something new, surprising, challenging and creative. 

“The cultural landscape of Milton Keynes goes from strength to strength with each edition of IF and our staff and clients value the investment being made by the arts and cultural institutions across MK. DLA is delighted to play its part and is as committed as ever to provide support to the arts in MK. Whether it’s IF, or regular theatre programming we value our partnership with Ambassadors Theatre Group and the team at MK Theatre.”A partnership between business and the arts brings added value to the arts event as well as genuine business benefits to the sponsor. And, just like the Schweigman& performance sponsored by David Lock Associates at Milton Keynes Theatre, when business and the arts get together, exciting things happen.

Les Miserables is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre in May 2019

Les Miserables set for Milton Keynes Theatre dates in 2019

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that Killian Donnelly will play Jean Valjean in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the Boublil and Schönberg musical LES MISÉRABLES when it comes  to Milton Keynes Theatre between 14 May and 8 June next year.

Tickets will go on sale to ATG Theatre Card members from Tuesday 12 June, with public booking opening Thursday 21 June.

Killian Donnelly is currently playing the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Misérables, where his final performance will be Saturday 9 June 2018.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the songs, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more. 

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 45 countries and in 22 languages, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

ON SALE DATES ATG THEATRE CARD – Tuesday 12 June 2018; GROUPS – Tuesday 19 June 2018; GENERAL – Thursday 21 June 2018.

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