May, June and July line up with a wide variety of events for all ages and preferences!

Remaining Listings for Spring-Summer 2015

OTIZ 1 - CopyOtiz Canneloni: History of Magic – Abridged!

Saturday, 6th June 2pm (Doors Open 1.30pm)

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8) £30 family of four (or more)

As part of the Kettfest programme we are pleased to bring one of the most popular forms of entertainment to Kettering Arts Centre – Magic.

This truly family oriented show is funny, informative with lots of golden moments in which all can get involved – there are plenty of hands-on opportunities to create exciting experiences to remember and take home. Presented in a light-hearted fashion and with many tricks up his sleeve Otiz’s abridged history of this ancient craft starts with the first magic illusion then, punctuated with outbursts of nonsense, takes the audience through the chequered history of magic.  Whether you are five or 105 this show will delight and entertain you from start to finish.

As one dad said: “I’m not sure who laughed more – me or my son.”

phil nichol - CopyRolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night: KETTFEST Special

Saturday 6th June 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) age 14+

Back again with another amazing line-up this is the third in our fast-growing in popularity series of Comedy Night Clubs. Headlining the show this month is the outrageous and outspoken Phil Nichol. With his unquenchable thirst to break boundaries and the surreal edge to his improvised and mischievous rants each show is guaranteed to be a unique experience. Shocking – yes, absurd – yes, but it is these qualities that have earned Phil critical accolades up and down the country. As The Times quoted: “(He) Attacks his material with all the restraint of a Tasmanian Devil in a foghorn factory.”

Support acts for the night are Stephen Carlin and Tony Cowards with your regular genial host Nick Wills holding things together.

My-Sweet-Patootie-BandMy Sweet Patootie

Friday 19th June 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)

Tickets £12 (Concessions £10)

Music in a vaudeville-style is set to resound around St Andrew’s Church when My Sweet Patootie perform there as part of a 21-date UK tour. Join Canada’s award winning artists for a fun evening of dazzling musicianship as they run through a set of contemporary roots, ragtime and vaudeville numbers. Tight vocal harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion are brought together in one perfect package by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, who, on this tour are joined by drummer/percussionist Anthony Thickett from Aberdare, South Wales. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads the trio deliver a must-see show.

robin inceRobin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusion

Saturday 20th June 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)

Tickets £14 (Concessions £12)

In a fast follow up to his last tour – In (and out of) His Mind – Robin continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have. You don’t have to be a psychologist but he takes the experiments of Milgram and Mcluhan as a focal point to try to find out, in his own inimitable way, if anyone can be a freethinker.  Can we arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi? Well, that is the theory but in practice this will be another night of shouting, gesticulating and enquiring delivered by the three times Chortle award winner.

dominic-holland-billboardRolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night

Saturday 11th July 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) age 14+

Short on stature but not in material the comedian Dominic Holland is our headline act for this month’s Comedy Night Club. Described by The Sunday Times as “The UK’s master of observational comedy” Dominic won the BBC Radio 4 Comic Heritage Award for his series The Small World of Dominic Holland, a reference to his height (5’6″). Among his TV appearances have been guest slots on Have I Got News For You and They Think It’s All Over. Sharing the stage with him as support acts will be Mandy Muden and 2011 Comedy School graduate Philip Simon. As usual, our compere for the night is our own Nick Wills.

pantaloons pride and prejudicePantaloons Theatre Co. present: Pride and Prejudice

Saturday 25th July 7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

Tickets £10 (Concessions £9)

If you missed the extraordinary performance of Bleak House in March don’t miss the opportunity to see the Pantaloons Theatre Company this time round with their version of Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece. It is a truth universally acknowledged that this is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life… You know the story – will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? Come and see it in a new light as it is given the full Pantaloons innovative and hilarious treatment.

Tickets Available From:

Waterstones, High Street, Kettering, by post from Becky at St Andrew’s Church (cheques made payable to “PCC of St Andrew’s Kettering”) to St Andrew’s Vicarage, Lindsay Street, Kettering NN16 8RG Tel: 01536 481575


Online at We Got Tickets (subject to a booking fee).


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Great Music, Theatre & Comedy Coming up in April at Kettering Arts Centre

thejigantics bootsAfter a busy March, we have a short break for Easter but we’re back on 18th April with our Spring Potbelly Festival. This time we are broadening the appeal with a fantastic mix of roots music, from Blues and Americana to Folk and modern acoustic – all of the highest quality that you will always get from our superb bookers, Kontra Roots. We will also have a busier schedule with a teatime session of local talent, plus more food in the café – so you’ll have no need to go elsewhere! Come and enjoy a full afternoon and evening from 2pm til late, with fine local ales and wonderful music. The headline act, the Jigantics will probably be on after 9 pm though, so you may need to pace yourself! You don’t want to miss them! More info on all the acts plus clips coming up in the next week or so on our facebook page Tickets are £9 (£6, under 5’s free) available from Waterstones Kettering and online here That is swiftly followed by Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan in his acclaimed one manWilde Without The Boy Publicity Shot theatre show: “Wilde Without the Boy” – a tour de force of an acting masterclass on 20th April at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£9). And completing a busy week on 25th April, we have Jo Caulfield jo caulfield 2015back by popular demand with her customary caustic wit and hilariously sharp tongue. Well known from TV and Radio and national tours, as well as for her writing for acts like Graham Norton; this will be a hugely entertaining night from a top professional. Tickets are £14 (concessions £12) and the show starts at 8pm, available as above.

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Laughter and Fun at Kettering Arts Centre

THIS SATURDAY Rolling in the Aisles returns! The mixed bill comedy night that began with a fantastic inaugural night in February is back!

The headliner is Nick Doody,  one of thenick-doody
brightest talents on the comedy circuit. Sharp and topical – he’s not afraid to say what he thinks; his brand of political comedy and satire has won him fans all over the country…in fact all over Twitter, where he’s polled as one of the most influential names in comedy.
He has even supported the legendary Bill Hicks, at his request…
With your genial compere Nick Wills and the talents of Maff Brown and Sajeela Kershi this is sure to be a great night of comedy.

Tickets are available from Waterstones Kettering, online here and on the door at just £9 (£7)

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Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London.

On 14th March we welcome back the delightful, vibrant and always utterly entertaining bleaksquarePantaloons Theatre Company with another classic adaptation.

Family friendly and lots of fun, this show will, as always, showcase many theatrical styles in telling the classic Dickens tale of Bleak House – all of them impressive and marvellously entertaining.

Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions) available from Waterstones Kettering and online here

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Exciting new Charity comedy gig announced for May at Kettering Arts centre

On May 14th we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a very Special Comedy Club Night, headlined by Kettering’s own James Acaster, with ALL proceeds from tickets going to new Kettering Charity Johnny’s Happy Place Tickets are £12 (£10 concs)  and we expect it to sell out, so don’t miss out! Ticket details here

Charity comedy night line up

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Fantastic sounds this February at Kettering Arts Centre, plus a wonderfully varied March

After the success of the opening launch of our new Comedy Club Nights; Rolling in the Aisles, with an exciting mixed bill of national names, the Club will return on March 21st, with headliner Nick Doody at the top of the bill. Joining him will be Mark Palmer and Sajeela Kershi and the evening will once again be compered by our very own Nick Wills.  Tickets are just £9 (£7 concessions) and they are available on the door, or in advance from Waterstones or online here

ThreadedBut before then, lots of great stuff..!

On 28th February we will be showcasing some wonderful new music by talented young artists, Threaded. Having blown away the audience at a recent Potbelly festival they are back with their own show, ably supported by local talent, Phoebe Louise and the Abrahams. Come and enjoy a night of quality music at just £7 (£5 concessions) (available as above).

On 7th March we are hosting the Masquerade Choir at 7pm, presented by Kettering Lions Club, in aid of their many worthwhile charities. Tickets are £8 (children under 12 FREE) available from Waterstones.

Then on March 14th its the return of our favourite young vibrant theatre troupe the Pantaloons, this time bringing their unique, funny, creative and very entertaining take on Dicken’s Bleak House.bleaksquare

“Enjoyable, exciting and incredibly funny… truly wonderful.” * * * * * (Buzz Magazine)

“A down-to-earth and honestly hilarious adaptation… They’ve restored my faith in theatre.” (

Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions) available from Waterstones and here

And an advance notice that here at the arts centre we will be supporting KettFest, a town wide festival of talent and creativity on 6th/7th of June with an exciting programme of events here during the weekend.


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Exciting New Winter/Spring Programme at Kettering Arts Centre

We are delighted to be hosting a great variety of top class comedians, quality live musicians and vibrant, acclaimed theatre from around the country to our atmospheric and beautiful venue. See our listings page for all Jan to April events plus a couple of other very popular events now on sale for later in the year: the one and only Fairport Convention on 16th May and Comedy favourite Stewart Francis on 10th Nov.

Our membership scheme continues for priority booking in 2015. Email Becky on for more details or to renew. Membership runs from Jan to Dec 2015

lp_lucy_porterFirst up in 2015, on January 31st its Lucy Porter with her latest show “Me Time”. Lucy is well known from such shows as Mock the Week, HIGNFY and Live at the Apollo, as well as being a Radio 4 regular. “People who say they get more laughs from listening to their friends than they do from stand-up comedians, should give Lucy Porter a go. She’s chatty and easy-going, it feels like your best friend is rabbiting away across the red wine and nibbles, but without all the ums and errs and digressions and repetitions or moaning!” (Chortle) Her girl-next-door style will be a winner for a great night of laughs in a relaxed style. Tickets are £14 (£12) and available now from Waterstones Kettering or here

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