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 ever popular Comedians and Carols Night has SOLD OUT already. I hope you were able to get tickets if you wanted to. If not, don’t miss out again, join our membership scheme for priority booking in 2015. Email Becky on willsbecky@gmail.com for more details.

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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Our Annual Festive treats are back at Kettering Arts Centre!

It is our Annual Community Christmas Fair, on Thursday 4th Dec at 6-9pm and Saturday 6th Dec at 10am – 2pm. There will be stalls from many different Community groups and charities, refreshments,  live music, games and of course a special visitor in red! Admission is free. And on 22nd December we once again welcome comic Paul Kerensa and a great line-up of nationally acclaimed Stand-Up’s for the brilliant family show: Comedians and Carols. This year headlined by Jim Tavare (Harry Potter, the Sketch Show). Suitable for ages 8/9+ this show is great for family groups, getting together before Christmas or a works do, before the bank holidays. Tickets are very close to selling out, so please contact me directly on willsbecky@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list.Jim Tavare%20Violin_1

Our new Spring flier is printed and ready for distribution and all the events will appear on here in the next few days. Tickets will be available at the Christmas Fair then in Waterstones and online here from Monday 8th. It will also be possible, at the Christmas Fair, to become a member (or renew your membership) of our Friends scheme for just £4 a year (£6 for a couple) – look out for the Arts Centre stall, run by our friendly volunteers!

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Fantastic live music at Kettering Arts Centre: Serious legends and a seriously funny musical satirist

On Saturday 15th November we are delighted to welcome the nation’s favourite musical comedian, Mitch Benn with his acclaimed show Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle

Tickets are available NOW here and at Waterstones Kettering for £14 (£12 concs) Show starts at 8pm.

“You really don’t need to be a Beatles buff to enjoy this. Benn is terrific company”Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle.

SCOTSGAY ****

“This is a must see show for anyone who even faintly enjoys the Beatles, anyone who likes

pop music at all, anyone who likes a laugh.

Benn, a truly likeable man with a sharp wit, produces an hour of pure joy”

BROADWAYBABY.com ****

And we are absolutely thrilled that the utter legends of Folk Rock FAIRPORT CONVENTION are coming to our intimate, atmospheric space on 16th May 2015.

Fairport logoThey need absolutely no introduction after 50 years at the very top, winners of the coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’.

The show will be a mixture of old material and new, over 3 hours and its not to be missed – tickets are available NOW here and at Waterstones Kettering for £20

 

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Back by popular demand in 2015 – Stewart Francis! Tickets available now

The star of ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow’ andStewartFrancis_Pun-Gent_final-image ‘Live At The Apollo’, is coming back to Kettering Arts Centre on 10th November 2015 with a fantastic and hilarious new show!

“A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard” – Guardian

“Perfectly crafted gags” – Sunday Times

I know its a long way off but tickets (priced £15) are available now here and they will be in Waterstones and here, here and here by Monday! Snap them up before they disappear….

www.stewartfrancis.com

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

This November we have TV  and Radio personality, author and travelogue writer, Stuart Maconie on 8th November and top musical satirist Mitch Benn on 15th November, plus Community choir, the Camarata Singers perform Handel’s Messiah on 29th.

Join the stuartwell-loved national treasure, Stuart Maconie the broadcaster, writer and journalist as he talks about The People’s Songs on 8th November at 8pm, a show tracing the history of our nation through the popular music of the times.

These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to.

Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and – just sometimes – changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of ‘Bonkers’, Dizzee Rascal’s anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The People’s Song’s takes a tour of our island’s pop music, and asks what it means to us.

The show will be fascinating, funny and thoroughly entertaining. Tickets are £15 (£13 concs) available form Waterstones or online here

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)

For lovers of one of the best loved classical choral pieces of music of all time, there’s a chance to see Handel’s Messiah performed in and by our Community with orchestra and professional soloist on 29th Nov at 7.30. Tickets available through Camerata boxoffice@cameratasingers.net or 01536 392791 ONLY.

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 (except the Messiah) 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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