WHAT'S ON AT THE STABLES

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes 


October   


Hugh Cornwell
Date: Wednesday 18 October, 8pm
Tickets: £22.50
Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers. This acoustic performance will feature songs spanning his entire career from early Stranglers to the current day, including new and never-before-performed songs from the forthcoming studio album Villains. Hugh’s last studio release, Totem and Taboo, won rave reviews.

 

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club
Date: Wednesday 18 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Sally-Anne Hayward and the headliner is Dan Nightingale. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+)

 

The Urban Folk Quartet
Date: Thursday 19 October, 8pm
Tickets: £15
Since forming in 2009, The Urban Folk Quartet’s genre-defying, all-embracing approach to folk music has captivated audiences in high-energy performances across the world. After releasing their critically acclaimed album The Escape in 2015, the band recorded shows on their international Escape tour. These recordings were featured on Live
III, released last year. The launch tour has already taken in dates in France and England and carries on at home and abroad well into 2017.

 

Clare Teal & her Trio
Date: Friday 20 October, 8pm
Tickets: £27.50 & £25
As much as she loves fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, award-winning singer and
BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Featuring everything from swing to sublime ballads, Clare’s concerts with her trio are renowned for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with her warm and witty storytelling.

 

Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse
Date: Friday 20 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Two of the UK’s most talked-about emerging songwriters tour together in October, featuring sets from both artists as well as a collaboration. Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair wrote and recorded songs for Dan’s debut album That’s Where I Belong in 2016. In the same year, Jess released her own album Edison Gloriette to widespread acclaim. Tonight’s show is a chance to hear fresh new songs along with favourites from both artists’ catalogues.

 

 

Nearly Dan
Date: Saturday 21 October, 8pm
Tickets: £18
Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The 10-piece band promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two-hour-plus show featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super-cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho.

 

Emma Stevens, Megan O’Neill, James Fredholm & Mark Sullivan
Date: Saturday 21 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
These four critically acclaimed artists will perform ‘in the round’ a selection of songs each from their respective past and present releases. Also expect never seen-before collaborations and impromptu additions

 

Van Kuijk Quartet
Date: Sunday 22 October, 2.30pm
Tickets: £18, family ticket £48
Haydn Quartet Op.33 No.2
Janacek Quartet No.1, Kreutzer Sonata
Ravel Quartet Op.35 in F
The young Van Kuijk Quartet from France have been enjoying an impressive rise to international prominence. Following successes in Germany, Austria, Norway and Switzerland, they triumphed at the 2015 Wigmore Hall String Quartet competition in London. Their beautifully balanced programme not only gives us a chance to hear what makes their interpretations of Haydn stand out so impressively, but also showcases the irresistible Gallic charm of their compatriot Maurice Ravel’s beguiling string quartet.

 

Jason Byrne: The Man with Three Brains
Date: Sunday 22 October, 8pm
Tickets: £19.50
Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. The fastest-thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you, too. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+)

 

 

4Square
Date: Sunday 22 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Manchester’s ferocious folk foursome are now in their 10th year of wowing audiences from all corners of Europe and beyond. The band’s trademark show features the spectacle of Nicola Lyons’s simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin from Michael Giverin, galvanised by the driving sounds of Jim Molyneux’s piano and Dan Day’s percussion. The result is an infusion of folk, jazz, Latin and any other musical style they feel the inclination to absorb

 

Habib Koité & Bamada
with support from Sura Susso
Date: Monday 23 October, 8pm
Tickets: £15
Showcasing the best of his wide-ranging back catalogue, Malian star Habib Koité is joined on stage by his band Bamada, some of whom have played with him for almost 30 years. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of Mali’s leading musicians live. Habib’s music is rooted in Malian and West African rhythms and melodies, while embracing a variety of musical styles including blues, flamenco and Afro-Cuban. He has collaborated with everyone from Malian legend Toumani Diabaté to blues greats Eric Bibb and Bonnie Raitt.

 

Martin Simpson
Date: Tuesday 24 October, 8pm
Tickets: £17.50
Forty years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, Martin Simpson is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues or his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the finest finger-style guitar players in the world. Martin’s latest album, Trails and Tribulations, a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories, has just been released.

 

Wildwood Kin
Date: Tuesday 24 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £12, standing only
Wildwood Kin are an acclaimed Anglo/Americana trio from Exeter comprising sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. Last year their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman’s 2016 top 20 album Ballads of the Broken Few. Having just signed to Sony’s newly revived Silvertone label, they are currently recording their own album due for release this year.

 

The Story of the Guitar Heroes
Date: Wednesday 25 October, 8pm
Tickets: £20
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have a chance to experience in this amazing show. This phenomenal live concert style ‘rockumentary’ is performed by the talented and renowned musician Phil Walker and his exceptional band. With more than 20 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambience of each guitar hero, starting from the 1950s to the present day.

 

Brandy Clark
Date: Thursday 26 October, 8pm
Tickets: £22.50
Brandy Clark is one of America’s leading country music singer-songwriters. Her songs have been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire and Kacey Musgraves, to name but a few. Brandy’s latest album Big Day in a Small Town was nominated as Best Country Album in this year’s Grammy awards.

 

Dave Koz
Date: Friday 27 October, 8pm
Tickets: £22
The undisputed shining superstar of the smooth jazz genre and a nine-times Grammy nominee, saxophonist Dave Koz is, quite simply, the best there is. The hardest-working man in show business is always the hottest ticket in town and following previous sell-out appearances at The Stables, we are delighted to welcome Dave back on his 2017 UK tour. Appearing with him will be Oli Silk on keyboards, Mark Jaimes on guitar, Marc Parnell on drums and Frank Felix on bass.

 

Megan Henwood
Date: Friday 27 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Megan first came to the attention of the world in 2011 following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Making Waves which saw her songs played on national and regional radio and play-listed on
BBC Radio 2. She has since played live in all corners of the UK and is a regular performer at all the major UK music festivals: Glastonbury, Cambridge, Larmer Tree, Wilderness and Secret Garden Party among them. Her third solo album is due for release in September.

 

Viva Santana
Date: Saturday 28 October, 8pm
Tickets: £21
Voted one of the top five must-see tribute bands by Classic Rock magazine, Viva Santana have taken their superb interpretation of the Carlos Santana Latino rock/blues back catalogue from Cuba to Spain. Expect classy guitar licks set over danceable percussion as the band roll their way through Samba Pa Ti, Changes, Soul Sacrifice, Oye Como Va and other highlights from Santana’s 30-year career.

 

Catfish
Date: Saturday 28 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
British blues band Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live act with a phenomenal frontman in 22-year-old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long. The band received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015 and followed this with three more in 2016. They released their much-anticipated second album Broken Man in January which is made up of almost entirely original material. This is blues with a very broad brush – from epic prog anthems to stripped-back piano ballads.

 

Hot Club of Cowtown
Date: Sunday 29 October, 8pm
Tickets: £17.50
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise. Lauded for its “downhome melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times), the band has set up camp at the crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away. Their latest album Midnight on the Trail is a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads hand-collected to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West.

 

Sofie Hagen
with support from Edd Hedges
Date: Sunday 29 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £12
Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst on to the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 followup show, Shimmer Shatter, was a second total sell-out. This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument – and jokes. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+)

 

John Smith
Date: Monday 30 October, 8pm
Tickets: £15
John Smith has played to audiences all over the world in festival tents, living rooms and sold-out concert halls. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, has won him a loyal following. John has self-released four albums, the most recent of which – Headlong – came out at the end of June.

 

John Illsley Band
Date: Tuesday 31 October, 8pm
Tickets: £21.50
The bass guitarist of Dire Straits has enjoyed a remarkable musical journey since 1977, selling more than 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammys along the way, as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Tonight’s show will feature all of Dire Straits’ best-loved hits, including Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing and Brothers in Arms, plus songs from John’s latest album Long Shadows.

 

Harrow Fair
Date: Tuesday 31 October, 8.45pm - Stage 2
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner began writing music together while working in Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. With Harrow Fair, the duo has created a musical framework which explores songwriting enhanced by heavy kick drum, rootsy guitar and scorching fiddle. One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock’n’roll, the other part gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted, their evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs is utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying.
 



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October

 


ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET:

SONG OF THE EARTH & LA SYLPHIDE

TUE 17 – SAT 21 OCT

 

English National Ballet returns with a double bill featuring Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s classic La Sylphide, to be performed for the first time in the UK.

 

Song of the Earth

A Woman, a Man and an enigmatic Messenger: three central figures portray the bittersweet reality of love, loss, and mortality. Inspired by Mahler’s haunting song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, MacMillan brings music, poetry and choreography together to capture the fragility of life, and its constant renewal. English National Ballet is honoured to add this revered MacMillan work to its repertoire.

 

La Sylphide

On the morning of his wedding to his sweet fiancée Effy, James awakens from a dream to see a mysterious and tantalising Sylphide before him. His obsession with her sets off a fateful sequence of events where joy turns to sorrow, love to betrayal and infatuation to tragedy. August Bournonville’s classic Romantic ballet is devotedly recreated by Eva Kloborg and Frank Andersen, and is accompanied by an enchanting score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

 

 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

TUE 24 – SAT 28 OCT

 

Everyone’s favourite kooky family are on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy. Starring Samantha Womack as Morticia, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday, Cameron Blakely as Gomez and Les Dennis as Uncle Fester. 

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With live orchestra and extraordinary original score, join the family for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist.

 

 

 

CABARET

TUE 31 OCT – SAT 4 NOV 

Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret. 1931 Berlin was a sexually charged haven of decadence in which the legendary Sally Bowles performs at the infamous Kit Kat Klub... 

Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Javier de Frutos, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres. Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs including Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time and of course Cabaret.

 

Since its Broadway premier and the movie version with Liza Minnelli and

Joel Grey, Cabaret has won 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tony Awards®.






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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
Tue 31 Oct – Sun 5 Nov
Tickets from £12.25

E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production. This best-loved tale, delivers a compelling coming of age story and a fascinating insight into Edwardian rural life. Complete with beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation.

 
HAIRSPRAY
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Nov
Tickets from £16.50

The smash-hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Aylesbury with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

 

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

 

FLASHDANCE
Mon 20 – Sat 25 Nov
Tickets from £20.40

Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance - The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and

‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance

Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates

her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

 

 
THE CARPENTERS STORY
Thu 30 Nov
7:30pm
Tickets from £25.90

This award-winning production features the stunning vocals of international star Claire Furley as Karen Carpenter, and arrangements from live musicians. Includes (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, and many more!

 


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Fri 8 – Sun 31 Dec
Tickets from £11.75

Mirror, mirror on the wall, this is the must-see panto of them all - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this year’s enchanting family pantomime!

Not to be dwarfed by last year’s panto, this year’s extravaganza is set to be

the fairest of them all with dynamic dance, sparkling costumes, sensational

songs and barrels of audience participation. Coupled together with the most

Wicked Queen, most handsome Prince and most charming of dwarfs, let’s

hope our leading lady, Snow White manages to avoid any poisonous apples!





ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET PRESENTS
SONG OF THE EARTH & LA SYLPHIDE
AT MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

Two works new to English National Ballet’s repertoire, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterwork, Song of the Earth and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide recreated by Frank Andersen and Eva Kloborg, will be performed at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October

First performed in 1965, MacMillan’s choreography for Song of the Earth was different from anything he had previously devised. Featuring three central figures, a Woman, a Man, and a Messenger, this powerful, moving exploration of life, death, and renewal is set to Mahler’s song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic. These performances of Song of the Earth coincide with the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.

Devised by one of the world’s leading producers of Bournonville ballets, Frank Anderson and Eva Kloborg’s faithful version of the 1830s Romantic ballet La Sylphide sees James wake from a dream on the morning of his wedding to Effy to encounter a mysterious sylphide before him, setting off a fateful sequence of events.

Song of the Earth and La Sylphide will also be performed at the London Coliseum in January 2018. Casting will be announced in due course.

English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of the ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.




Performances:  Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October. Evenings 7.30pm, Thu 2pm & Sat 2.30pm

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