Kettering Arts Centre Brochure Autumn 2015

The team has been hard at work compiling yet another programme of exhilarating entertainment for your delectation. Running from September through to the end of November, we hope, like us, that you will agree this is another fantastic programme.



If you would like to download the Autumn brochure to your computer please, right-click on each image and select “save image as…” from the drop-down menu, click “Save” and you will be able to find it in your “Downloads” folder or whichever destination is set by default on your device, from there you can preview the image or print it if more convenient. From mobile devices, simply touch and hold the image until a message to save it pops up, select save and you will be able to find them in your mobile device photos folder. The images above have been named as follows:

For extra instructions, information or any other inquires do not hesitate to contact Jaime at

Tickets for these events are 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

You may also buy or reserve tickets from Jaime Ferreira by email at or online at We Got Tickets ( subject to a booking fee).


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Once a year we turn our clocks back an hour but as Kettering Arts Centre celebrates its fifth anniversary the team has turned the hands back five years to recall the beginnings of this venture.

Jeremy Strong at Kettering Arts CentreMany of the larger towns up and down the country have realised there is a need for a venue in which to run a variety of cultural events for the members of the local community. Catering for those who do not want to travel miles to a large theatre to enjoy a play or concert, these centres have played a vital role in keeping alive, or even rejuvenating, town centres.jw1

This was something that was missing in Kettering. While it can boast its own theatre, The Lighthouse (which opened in 2008), this was located on the outskirts of the town. Apart from the pubs and clubs which host music nights, the centre itself was devoid of a cultural core. The cinemas had long closed and the new(ish) complex when it opened was again located away from the centre and not within easy walking distance for many The Virtuosi GUS Band outside St Andrew's Church in 2007people. As is said in business communities – there was definitely a gap in the market for a venue of this kind.

Fortunately, for the townsfolk, the Rev’d Nick Wills, priest in charge at St Andrew’s Church, Kettering, and his wife Becky had similar thoughts. The venue was not going to be a problem, what better place to host an arts centre than within the church itself?boothby_graffoe_1

As Nick said: “Many Arts Centres are housed in disused churches. We have a church building that is home to several thriving congregations, but which is still empty for most of the week. So at a time when public, private and charitable funds were severely restricted we thought rather than buy or build a performance space, why not use our beautiful, roger llewellynhistoric, but flexible, town centre building.”

With a strong belief and a determination to make it work and the backing of the church it was not long before a team of volunteers was formed.

Preparations were soon under way to put together a programme of events. In February of 2010, the best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson visited the newly formed Kettering Arts Centre for a book-signing session but it was in July when the first staged event took place.pennyless

This was a jazz concert featuring trombonist Dave Keech and his band Close to the Bone.

milton jeremyAn instant success, it was a just reward for the team who had invested many hours in arranging and organising the event. More than pleased with the number of people who attended the concert it had shown that there was ample support for an arts centre in the town – the right decision had been made.

Peter FirmanBecky, who is and has been the manager of the Arts Centre from day one, said: “It’s exciting to see how well the Arts Centre has taken off. We began by contacting the acts we thought people would like to see and it didn’t take long before we had acts coming to us, wanting to perform in our beautiful Church setting. Over the first five years we have developed a national reputation for hosting class comedy acts and have attracted musicians of international calibre to play on our stage.

Patrickevening“Our vision was always to broaden people’s cultural horizons by bringing wonderful quality acts to the centre. We are pleased with the successes we have achieved so far and hope to inspire more people to come and share future events with us.”

As part of the administration process a ‘Friends of Kettering Arts Centre’ was created, an invitation for like-minded people to join up to a mailing list to be kept informed of future events through regular newsletters. It also allows them to receive priority booking for the acts before tickets go on sale to the general public. This support for the arts centre, and this scheme has proved to be very popular.James Acaster 2

“I could rave about the place!” said Julia Thorley, member number 001.

Julia, of Kettering, who has been to dozens of events since the venue opened continued by saying: “We are so lucky to have this venue in Kettering, not just because of the big names that it attracts, but also because it has given us the opportunity to see people we not familiar with. It’s not only about seeing the famous acts, like Jack Dee and Fairport Convention – and there have been plenty of Jo Caulfieldthose – but also being introduced to comedians and musicians we’ve not heard of, as well as seeing plays from national and local companies.”

It hardly seems possible that Kettering Arts Centre only opened its doors to the public for the first time in 2010. As Julia mentioned, the number and diversity of the acts has been exceptional.

Catering for all tastes the music has ranged from big bands accordion jeremyand blues to vaudeville and all points along the way; mainstream and fringe comics have had the audiences rolling in the aisles, so much so that the Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club was formed. This monthly event, hosted by Nick, which features a headline act with two supporting acts, is attracting greater numbers of people as the months go by, and is in addition to the solo comedy performances which populate the programme of events.

DSC_0393As regular visitors know, the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Theatrics from The Reduced Shakespeare Company and the Pantaloons Theatre Company have introduced, or re-introduced, audiences to the works of the classic writers in heart-warming and enjoyable productions. Magicians have delighted children, and adults, alike with dazzling displays of dexterity and the annual Christmas Carols and Comedians event has always attracted a full house.Heathen Kings.JPG plus logo

All this in just five years and the team have no intention for it to stop there. Indeed, far from it.

In recognition of a thriving format plans are underway to apply for funding to improve the interior of St Andrew’s Church. The application, if successful will include the introduction of a raised seating area and a new gerard loganfloor complete with underfloor heating.

Nick said: “We’ve had a lot of fun over the last five years. We made things happen, and have made a couple of small upgrades to the building as we’ve gone along. Having run successfully for five years with your support, now it’s time to give Kettering the Arts Centre it deserves.”Jack Dee

There are promising times ahead which we hope you will continue to share with us, but for now, I would like to thank you all for your support over the past five years and ask you to join with me in saying:



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Thank you

The Kettering Arts Centre Team

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TODAY!! The Pantaloons Theatre Co. present: Pride and Prejudice

pantaloons pride and prejudiceSaturday 25th July 7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

Tickets £10 (Concessions £9)

For our exclusive interview with Mark Hayward by Pete Austin click here…

The works of Jane Austen have been interpreted on screen and stage many times, but none can compare to the current production by the Pantaloons Theatre Company.

For those unfamiliar with Pantaloons this will be an opportunity to come face to face with classic literature as never seen before.

Having reworked Bleak House, Sherlock Holmes, The Canterbury Tales, along with many others – including several of Shakespeare’s plays – The Pantaloons have turned their attention to what is probably one of the best-loved romantic stories of all time – Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and PrejudiceWriter and director Mark Hayward said: “We are known for being somewhat silly, but we will stay faithful to what it is that people love about the book in the first place. Hopefully it will give Austen fans what they are looking for in a staging of Pride and Prejudice – the romance, the scandals – whilst at the same time providing a great introduction to those who are new to the story.” Continue reading…

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Events from September through November 2015

The team has been hard at work compiling yet another programme of exhilarating entertainment for your delectation. Running from September through to the end of November, we hope, like us, that you will agree this is another fantastic programme.

…and this is my friend Mr Laurel

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013Saturday 12th September

Tickets £13 (Concessions £11)

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

A little slice of cinematic history is revealed in this charming one-act play.

Actor Jeffrey Holland, (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord), has achieved a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel. Jeffrey, who was cast as Rene for the 25th anniversary stage tour of ‘Allo ‘Allo, now becomes Laurel in …and this is my friend Mr Laurel. Continue reading…

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night with Vikki Stone

Vikki-StoneSaturday 19th September

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) Age 14+

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

It may be the harvest moon ten days hence but we have gathered an excellent crop of comedians at Kettering Arts Centre for this Comedy Club night.

Topping the bill is the multi-talented Vikki Stone. Winner of the 2011 Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award and a nominee for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in the same year, Vikki is also an accomplished musician. Continue reading…

Sean Hughes – The Mumbo Jumbo Tour

Sean Hughes Mumbo Jumbo Tour 2015Saturday 3rd October

Tickets £14 (Concessions £12)

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

Fresh from playing station master Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children at the King’s Cross Theatre the comedian and actor Sean Hughes is taking his Mumbo Jumbo Tour around the UK. Continue reading…

The Pantaloons Theatre Company present – Macbeth

Pride and PrejudiceSaturday 10th October

Tickets £10 (Concessions £9) Age 12+

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

“Is this a dagger which I see before me?”

It may well be, but then again… this is The Pantaloons doing what they always do, presenting the classics in a different light. Making a swift return to Kettering Arts Centre following the production of Pride and Prejudice the company finger (dagger?) has fallen on its next victim. Continue reading…

Potbelly Folk, Blues and Roots Festival Day

Love StreetSaturday 17th October

Tickets £9 (Concessions £6) Under 5’s free

Doors open 1.30pm – 2pm start (‘til late)

The Autumn Potbelly Festival will feature another eclectic mix of music to cater for all tastes.

Organiser Kev Buxton has pulled together another fantastic line-up of acts to perform throughout the day and into the night. In addition to this he has incorporated a new event into the festival – The Potbelly Song Contest. Continue reading…

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night with John Ryan

John Ryan_2Saturday 24th October

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) Age 14+

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

This month’s comedy club will as always feature three more quality stand-up comedians, introduced by your regular host, Kettering Arts Centre’s own Nick Wills.

Gareth Berliner, the opening act, has been performing stand-up in the UK and internationally for more than five years and as an actor, was cast as Macca in Coronation Street. Continue reading…

Stewart Francis – Pun Gent 2015

StewartFrancis_Pun-Gent_final-imageTuesday 10th November

Tickets £15

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

It is comedy to the fore as Stewart Francis takes to the stage with his 2015 tour Pun Gent.

The Canadian, who is largely based in Britain, is a well-known face on the comedy circuit and the television screen. He was a regular guest on Mock the Week (BBC2), his first appearance making such an impact he was invited back many times and has now been a panellist on 12 episodes. Continue reading…

Boobs & Brass

boobsandbass_foundersSaturday 14th November

Tickets £10

Doors open 7pm – 7.30pm start

The always entertaining brass band, Boobs and Brass, will be filling the Arts Centre with the sound of music for this fund-raising concert.

Boobs & Brass is an exceptional class act with a repertoire that features the classics, pop, show tunes and more. Continue reading…

James Acaster – The 2015 ‘Represent’ Tour

Main-Photo1Saturday 21st November

Tickets £14 (Concessions £12)

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

The Kettering-born comedian James Acaster has tapped into an unusual source for his latest tour.

Speaking from personal experience, James will be focusing on the time he recently spent during his jury service. That, in itself, would have provided ample ammunition for this young up-and-coming comedian. Continue reading…

Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night with Jim Tavaré

Last Comic StandingSaturday 28th November

Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) Age 14+

Doors open 7.30pm – 8pm start

Our final Comedy Club offering for 2015 features another trio of diverse acts. Introduced as always by your genial host, Nick Wills the opening slot goes to the opinionated, and bearded, Tiernan Douieb, (rescheduled from July). Continue reading…

Tickets* for these events are 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

You may also buy or reserve tickets from Jaime Ferreira by email at or online at We Got Tickets ( subject to a booking fee).

*Please be aware that tickets for non-members will only be available for purchase from July 24th 2015 onwards.


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St_Andrews_Art_Group_logoSt. Andrew’s Church Art Group Annual Exhibition

Thursday 17th September to Saturday 19th September

Thursday and Friday – 10am to 5pm; Saturday – 10am to 4pm

This annual event offers the public an opportunity to view the varied art styles that represent the recent works by members of the St. Andrew’s Church Art Group, some of whom will be in attendance to answer any questions. Many of the paintings on display in the exhibition are available to purchase at the time of your visit but will not be available to take home until after the event. Continue reading…

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Pride and Prejudice


Saturday, 25th July

The Pantaloons Theatre Company is returning to Kettering Arts Centre with another tale to tell. You may well know the story involving Mrs Bennett, Lizzy and Darcy but you are unlikely to have seen Jane’s Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice portrayed in quite this way.

Tickets cost £10 (Concessions £9) and are available by clicking here and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

For an insight into the Pantaloons please click here to read an interview with director Mark Hayward

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July 11 – Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club


Short in stature but BIG IN HUMOUR  television & radio presenter and author Dominic Holland headlines this month’s comedy club night which also feature two support acts.

Tickets cost £9 (Concessions £7) are still available and can be reserved for collection on the door.

Suitable for ages 14+ the doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

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Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night – Dominic Holland headlining

Rolling_I_comedy_C_Night_11july15_00Only 3 days to go!

Saturday 11th July 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)
Tickets £9 (Concessions £7) age 14+

Topping the bill we have none other than Dominic Holland, the man described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘One of television’s quickest wits’
Supporting Acts: James Sherwood & Philip Simon. Our very own Nick Wills will be the Compere for the night.

Don’t miss out! For further information about the event read on… For information on how to get your hands on some tickets click here.

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