This season Stantonbury Theatre is set for a bold artistic relaunch under new director Lucy Cuthbertson.
The debut season is set to include a host of national and international theatre companies in a season that begins with a double-bill of national award-winners and concludes in December with the professional pantomime debut for the venue, directed by Cuthbertson herself.
Launching the season on 7 September the winner of the Les Enfants Terribles Edinburgh Award, Rendered Retina’s FORM is a non-verbal, physical journey of escape and daydreaming, taking the audience on a stunning visual voyage through environments created out of tables, stationery and 20,000 paper balls. On 8 September the show is joined in a unique double-bill by the winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award, A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD), a fun, silly and sad show for anyone who has a brain that hasn’t always been on their side.
International highlights of the season include the unforgettable New Zealand star Penny Ashton with PROMISE AND PROMISCUITY, a multi-award-winning musical Jane Austen spoof, and KWAIDAN from Rouge28, a Japanese ghost story brought to the stage with life sized puppets alongside live performers.
Stantonbury favourites also feature in the season, with the return of Blackeyed Theatre (last seen at the venue in 2016 with FRANKENSTEIN) who present a stage version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE, alongside Theatrical Niche who this year inject Commedia Dell’Arte traditions into Oscar Wilde’s LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN.
Family theatre has a strong presence in the season, with an impressive line-up including children’s favourites SHARK IN THE PARK and THE NIGHT PIRATES programmed alongside the acclaimed Pickled Image’s YANA AND THE YETI.
The season also sees the first ever STANTONBURY FUN PALACE on 7 October, with people of all ages invited to learn how to become a rock star – even with no previous musical experience! That evening, Little Soldier Productions will make their Stantonbury debut with DERAILED, an unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter-protest from the makers of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.
The season concludes with the venue’s first ever pantomime to be produced in-house, a magical, musical new professional stage version of ROBIN HOOD produced in partnership with national touring company Splendid Productions and UK pantomime leaders Greenwich Theatre.
Lucy Cuthbertson said, “I am proud to have been invited by Griffin Schools Trust to lead Stantonbury Theatre into the next important period in its history. As Milton Keynes celebrates its fiftieth year there couldn’t be a better time to welcome such a diverse range of award-winning, acclaimed companies to this special venue, not only an educational venue for Stantonbury Campus but also a local venue now working on a national and international level.”
Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN