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Milton Keynes Theatre Milton Keynes

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About the Milton Keynes Theatre

Located in the heart of the city, Milton Keynes Theatre is a contemporary venue that first opened on October 4th 1999, following a 25 year campaign for a new theatre to be built in the area. Managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group since opening, the expansive theatre and entertainment centre was designed by architects Blonski-Heard with Kut Nadiadi and Robert Doe, and built using some of the most advanced and cutting edge techniques at the time. 

Milton Keynes Theatre is home to a successful youth theatre that regularly performs on the vast, modern stage, and can hold an audience capacity of over 1,400. The venue’s most notable feature is its fully retracting ceiling. The ceiling can be lowered or raised depending on the scale of an incoming production, and has allowed the theatre to host popular, large-scale West End musicals such as Sister Act, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Dirty Dancing on tour.

Plan your visit

Milton Keynes Theatre is open 90 minutes before the start of the first performance of the day. The auditorium is open 30 minutes before curtain up.
A cloakroom is available at the theatre. Visitors can store coats and bags for a fee of £1 per item.
There are various security checks in place at Milton Keynes Theatre to ensure the safety and comfort of all visitors. Theatregoers are advised to arrive early for their performance, as bag searches may be in operation in the foyer.
There are several bars at the theatre offering pre-show and interval refreshments, such as beers, wines and soft drinks. Visitors can also pre-book the Ambassador Lounge for bespoke service when buying tickets online. 

The Garden Room Bistro is open from 6pm, with guests able to enjoy pre-show food, drinks and snacks whilst enjoying live piano music. To book a table at the bistro, please email marlboroughgatebistro@theambassadors.com.
There are a variety of popular chain restaurants nearby for pre-theatre dining. Fans of Italian food can enjoy pasta and pizza at Zizzi, whilst Las Iguanas has a large selection of Latin American inspired dishes including enchiladas and chilli.
Premier Inn is located just three minutes’ walk from Milton Keynes Theatre, with comfortable rooms for those on a medium budget. Other convenient, good-value accommodation nearby includes Holiday Inn (Saxon Gate).

Help booking tickets

Patrons can collect tickets from the box office, in the foyer, up to 90 minutes before their scheduled performance begins. Please bring the card you booked with and your confirmation email, as these help the box office team locate your tickets.
The box office opens 90 minutes before the first performance of the day begins.
The box office team can be contacted for all booking queries on 0333 009 6690, or by email on emkboxoffice@theambassadors.com.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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