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REVIEW: ‘Wonderland’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, July 2017

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Madcap musical Wonderland is currently whisking visitors to Milton Keynes Theatre off on a magical adventure. Now, call me mad, but this contemporary creation – which reflects aspects of modern day life while cleverly capturing the peculiar charm of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – managed to speak to both the girl I used to be and the woman I hope to become.

We all have days when thoughts of escaping the practicalities of living in the real world for a while consume us. We imagine how wonderful it would be to flee our humdrum existence, abandon our responsibilities and free ourselves from the shackles of expectation… Still, we don’t all cope with days like this by following a random rabbit and ending up in a kooky kingdom. Of course, as we all know, Alice does follow that rabbit. She follows him when he slips down a rabbit hole and finds herself visiting a realm which is home to the strangely talkative White Rabbit and a host of curious characters including the Mad Hatter, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, March Hare and the pompous Queen of Hearts.

An entertaining experience from the start, Wonderland irrefutably illustrates that every adventure requires a first step and insists we are all capable of taking that step – no matter who we are or how grown up we may consider ourselves to be. Starring West End sensation Kerry Ellis, it’s essentially a loud and proud exploration of who we are and who we want to be.

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

July 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

REVIEW: ‘Wicked’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, February 2014

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A seemingly evergreen musical spectacular swept into Milton Keynes Theatre this week – and it is set to cast its spell over hordes of fans during a month-long stay.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and this witty re-imagining of the unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students now has a cult following.

Based on a 1995 novel titled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the magical show has broken box office records around the world since its 2003 debut.

 

WICKED: Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) photographed by Matt Crockett

WICKED: Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) photographed by Matt Crockett

 

This distinctive, green-hued saga of witchery really is the perfect prequel – and sensational sequel – to the familiar tale of Oz.

There is so much to wonder about in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Just why did Dorothy find herself in Oz? How did the Lion come to be so very cowardly? What happened to the Tin Man’s heart? Has the Wicked Witch of the West always been wicked? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Georgina Butler

February 6, 2014 at 9:10 am