Nationally acclaimed Comedy, Spoken Word & Music for Autumn at Kettering Arts Centre

This Autumn we have a seriously brilliant mixed bill of top Blues artists on 25th October at the Potbelly Blues Night, plus TV  and Radio personality, author and travelogue writer, Stuart Maconie on 8th November and top musical satirist Mitch Benn on 15th November.

Matt WooseyWe are delighted to be hosting the fantastic Matt Woosey, to headline our Blues Night on 25th Oct with able support from top Blues names Mark Harrison and Mellow Peaches and at the bargain price of just £7 or £5 concessions, its a night out for music lovers that too good to miss.

stuartThen on 8th Nov, the well-loved national treasure that is Stuart Maconie the broadcaster, writer and journalist as he talks about The People’s Songs, a show tracing the history of our nation through the popular music of the times. The show will be fascinating, funny and thoroughly entertaining. Tickets are £15 (£13 concs).

And on 15th November we welcome one of the top musical satirist and the best writer of comedy songs Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle.around, Radio 4’s Mitch Benn and his show Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle:

“This expertly-crafted satire is perfect for both…music aficionados and those entirely ignorant…. what really sets the show apart is that it’s incredibly well-researched, informative and engaging …. held the audience totally captivated.”  THREE WEEKS *****

Tickets £14 (£12 concs)

Jim Tavare%20Violin_1And finally for now – tickets are now on general sale for our hugely popular annual Christmas family comedy show – Comedians and Carols on 22nd December, which usually sells out, so act fast. Tickets are just £9 (£7 concs) for a great mixed bill of family-friendly comedians (suitable for aged about 8/9+) and this year headlined by Jim Tavare, (from the Harry Potter movies and The Sketch Show)

Tickets for all shows available here or at Waterstones Kettering.

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A Great Line-up as the Nights Draw in at Kettering Arts Centre

So, the Summer is almost over, but never fear, with the Autumn comes a whole new line up of shows at Kettering Arts Centre.

We have Award winning comedy (Bridget Christie, James Acaster, Mitch Benn), superb live music (Potbelly Folk and Roots Festival, Potbelly Blues Night , and an evening with a popular author and  Radio & TV presenter (Stuart Maconie).

fred's house 2On 20th September it is the return of the ever popular Potbelly Folk and Roots Festival. With a superbly talented line up, headlined by Award winning young Cambridge band Fred’s House, supported by the sublime song- writing of folk legend Reg Meuross, the new but brilliant, classically trained Threaded, local favourites, Kismet Hardy, stunningly good singer/songwriter Paul Handyside, Peterborough’s finest Americana roots combo, the Malingerers, plus Potbelly favourites the Old Speckled Men and Kev Buxton. We look forward to seeing you there for fine ales, fantastic live music and a great atmosphere amongst friends.

Then on 27th September, we are thrilled and honoured to be welcoming the winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award 2014 Bridget Christie . Tickets are just £14 (£12 BridgetChristie_03_photosby_IdilSukan_DrawHQ-3concessions) to see the show that won all the big Comedy awards last year, across the board. Come along and find out why!

Tickets for all of the above shows are currently available at Kettering Waterstones and online here

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The (almost) complete History of Britain – as you’ve never seen it before!

HoB Cast The Pantaloons Theatre Company are touring the country with their own inimitable take on the History of Britain – and this hilarious show is coming on 10th July to Kettering Arts Centre

With mud, blood and stiff upper-lips, The Pantaloons’ History of Britain presents our country’s past as you’ve never seen it before.

Join a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive show that tells the story of Britain in under two hours.

Harold II and William the Conqueror don’t see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn’t enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused…

This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons began life ten years ago as an open-air theatre company, busking plays for donations in parks and on the streets, where they developed an attention-grabbing, interactive and playful performance style.

“We characterise our work as post-modern folk theatre,” says Mark Hayward, a founding member of the company and co-writer of the play. “We take well-loved tales – in this case stories from history – and give them a contemporary twist, making them accessible for new audiences.”

The Pantaloons have picked up plenty of loyal followers and a lot of critical acclaim and have quickly become one of the country’s most prolific touring companies.

In true Pantaloons tradition the show will include plenty of original live music, puppetry, audience participation and improvisation.

“The show will feature some more serious moments,” says Hayward. “There’s some quite moving stuff in there that we really wanted to treat with respect. Of course, there is also a rich vein of comedy to mine in the history of Britain and we’ll be squeezing out every last drop!”

So jump in your time machine, bring the whole family and be prepared for the theatrical event of the millennia!

Tickets £10 (£9 concessions) available from Waterstones, Kettering or online here


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Fantastic family fun this Summer at Kettering Arts Centre

We are delighted to be hosting three very special, vibrant and fun events for all the family this Summer. Don’t worry, they won’t be affected by the weather!

RSC shakeOn 18th June at 7.30pm the Reduced Shakespeare Company return with their original, legendary and ground-breaking show that spawned a thousand imitations The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged!) All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. “A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself… would approve.” Daily Variety

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll  love this show!” The Today ShowReduced Shakespeare Company 2 - photocredit, Karl Andre

“Stupendous, anchorless joy!” The London Times

“Wildly funny. Masterful!” Los Angeles Times

“The funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.” Montreal

“Gloriously, relaxingly funny.” Financial Times

“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” Miami Herald

DON’T MISS OUT – get your tickets now HERE or from Waterstones Kettering at £15 (£13 concessions)HistoryOfBritain_pantaloons_2014

And to conclude our fun summer season, on 10th July at 7.30pm we welcome back The Pantaloons Theatre Co with A History of Britain!

It’s the History of Britain as you’ve never seen it before. Join the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive show.

Harold II and William the Conqueror don’t see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn’t enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused.

This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions) and having hosted 5 of their previous shows we can completely guarantee you will have a great night out! Book now here or from Waterstones Kettering.

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An Eclectic Summer Mix at Kettering Arts Centre

After a busy & exciting Spring and a well- earned Easter break we are back with a varied and entertaining programme for Summer, with theatre, spoken word/comedy and music…

richard-tyrone-jones2-e1341837846456On 17th May we are excited to be welcoming the “Ringmaster of Spoken Word”, Richard Tyrone Jones with his award-winning & highly acclaimed show Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart, which has also been adapted as a Radio 4 series.

fascinating, sobering, hilarious, and ultimately uplifting.” –  New Scientist

Tickets are just £7 (£5 concessions) from Waterstones or online here.

On 24th May we have some true legends of music visiting us for a very special evening. The Blues Band featuring Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Rob Townsend, Gary Fletcher and Tom Blues band 3McGuinness. With over 35 years of experience at the top of their field, this will be a night of pure entertainment by highly skilled, legendary bluesmen.

Tickets are £20 in advance (£22 on the door) so buy them quickly! Available form Waterstones and online here


Then on 7th June at 2pm Big Howard and Little Howard, the human/cartoon double actlittle-howard-1-please-credit-steve-ullathorne-2-lst115891
and stars of The Royal Variety Performance, CBBC’s The
Slammer and Little Howard’s Big Question are back with their
unique family comedy show, Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids. Award-winning children’s comedy with real groundbreaking
animations live on stage, answering back. “Genius!” RadioTimes
“The best kids show we’ve seen” ***** Families Online
“A great kids show…plenty for adults to laugh at too” Express
Tickets £7.50






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The Brilliant Pantaloons are Back with everyone’s favourite Detective SHERLOCK!

Don’t miss out on a fantastic night of family entertainment on Saturday 5th April when our friends the Pantaloons bring another fantastic adaptation to Kettering Arts Centre: Sherlock Holmes at 7.30pm, tickets £10 (£9) available on the door.

We have loved every one of the 4 shows the Pantaloons have brought us; each one has been funny, interactive, delightful and thoroughly entertaining, and  I know this show will not disappoint. The show is suitable for all the family, so long as they enjoy fast paced, entertaining action, lots of laughs and fun, non-stop for a couple of hours!!

Doors open at 7pm – See you there!

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A Mad March at Kettering Arts Centre!

We have a jam-packed programme this March, with no less than 4 comedians and a Folk sean hughes pic 13-14Festival! Madness, maybe, but it will be full of laughs and good times…

We kick off with the SOLD OUT Miles Jupp on 1st March, with his hilarious stand up show.

That’s followed by the brilliant Sean Hughes - back to form with his acclaimed new show – “Penguins” on 15th March at 8pm. “At his funniest and most profound” ***** The Sunday Herald August 2013

Tickets are still available at £13 (£12 concessions) from Waterstones, Kettering and online here.

Then on 22nd March we have a break from comedy with some wonderful live music at the Spring Potbelly Folk Festival. This year, we are thrilled and excited to be welcoming the Next Big Thing : Keston Cobblers Club as our headliners. Don’t miss this gig – YOU WILL REGRET IT!

“Keston Cobblers’ Club. What a fantastic discovery.” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2)

Keston“Where did this band come from? One of the best new discoveries I’ve made.” (Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music)

“This is a band set for huge things.” (The 405 Single of the Week)

As always there will be an array of great, quality acts on all day from 2pm, and lovely Potbelly beer to warm the cockles…

And all for £9 (£6 concessions, under 5’s free)

And that’s not all for March!LIAM WILLIAMS IMAGE

On 26th March at 7.30pm we are thrilled to be showcasing a new talent, nominated for the prestigious Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, Liam Williams  “the most exciting act from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe” (Guardian).

This is a name you are sure to hear a lot more of in the future, so get in there first and enjoy a phenomenal debut show. Tickets are £10.

PAUL SINHA KET 290314 - ORIGINALThen on 29th March we will enjoy the brilliant comedy of Mr Paul Sinha. Many of you will know him from ITV’s The Chase and seen his face on the front cover of the TV Times, but he is also a legendary Stand Up comedian.

“One of those comedians who makes you realise the power of stand-up comedy and the respect it deserves as an art form.” Yorkshire Post

“This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate.” Chortle

“Well on the way to earning himself a place in the pantheon of comedy greats.” The Scotsman

Tickets are £12 (310 concessions) available from Waterstones, Kettering or online here



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