Before we head into the Festive season, on 30th November at 8pm we are delighted to be welcoming back Kettering’s own Comedy TV superstar (as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and more), fresh from another hugely successful Edinburgh Festival (nominated again for Best show). James Acaster is gaining rave reviews for his whimsical, quirky charm and hilarious physical comedy – don’t miss out, get your tickets now for £12 (£10) from Waterstones, St Andrew’s Church or online here.
Then its December and Christmas is nearly upon us!
Celebrate with us at our Community Christmas Fair 6-9pm Thursday 5th Dec, 10am-2pm Saturday 7th Dec. FREE Admission and look out for the special guest in red!
Make your Christmas family theatre treat the very special production of the seasonal favourite Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (as told by Jacob Marley Deceased!) on 11th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£8).
Fill your ears with the magnificent seasonal sounds of the GUS Band on 14th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £11 (£9).
Join us for a great family laugh at Comedians and Carols on 23rd December at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£7). One of last year’s audience Helen Foster said: This show was way better – and funnier – than anything on TV over Christmas. Not laughed so much in a long time. Brilliant show, really fresh comic material and amazing venue at St Andrew’s Church. Best way I have ever kicked off Christmas! Don’t miss out – this show sold out last year!
The legendary mischief maker and funny man Mark Thomas makes his Kettering Arts Centre debut on 9th November. Tickets are £15 (£10 concessions) and still available. Mark’s show, entitled “100 Acts of Minor Dissent” charts his pledge to cause mayhem in 100 different small ways over a year…
Then on 15th November we welcome back one of the hits from last year – the Budapest Café Orchestra (from Haringey!). Everyone who came to see these purveyors of fine Gypsy music, Eastern European tunes and Hungarian toe-tappers absolutely loved it and we were told in no uncertain terms to invite them back! So don’t miss out – book tickets at £12 (£10 concessions) and enjoy a wonderful evening.
On 20th November we are delighted to be hosting a special double bill of top young acoustic/roots talent – both acts are Award Winners and highly sought after. The Carrivick Sisters and Luke Jackson are sure to make a night to remember – and at just £8 its a bargain!
Then to top off the month we have the return of Kettering’s finest: James Acaster on 30th November. James is ending his national tour with us, so I hope we can fill the venue and give him a warm welcome back, after another successful year; his second successive Edinburgh Festival nomination, TV appearances and packing out venues across Britain. Tickets are £12 (£10 concs) and there are some remaining…
We have even more top quality comedy coming up THIS WEEK, plus classic theatre.
Saturday 19th Oct sees multi award-winning Mr Tony Law for some absurd, shout-y and powerful, yet meaningful, nonsense. Star of many panel shows and comedy platforms on TV, he really is a man of the moment. Tickets £12 8pm
Monday 21st Oct sees a powerful new, award winning adaptation of the classic novella “Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde” made flesh by the amazingly talented James Hyland. “James Hyland’s take on Jekyll and Hyde is a deliciously lurid entertainment and also an acting masterclass. Be warned, however: it’s not for the faint-hearted. Which is exactly as it should be.” audience recommendation. Tickets £11 (£10 concessions) 7.30pm
Christmas and Spring bookings coming very soon…
On 2nd October we are delighted to be welcoming 3 hilarious Canadian comedians: Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell and Glenn Wool – each performing their own set in a show called The Lumberjacks. There are still tickets left, at £16 (cheapest tickets on their national tour!) available from Waterstones Kettering or online here.
Then on 10th October we are welcoming back, old favourite, Jeremy Hardy with a brand new show for his 30th year of Stand Up. The veteran comic is hugely popular, especially as a Radio 4 personality, but also as an acerbic, doleful and politically fervent stand up. There are still some tickets left at £14 and the amazingly cheap £5 for the unwaged! (from the same vendors as above).
To top off our October comedy line-up, we have man of the moment, Tony Law bringing his unique shouty but meaningful nonsense on 19th October. Fresh from a sell out tour and as seen on all the panel shows, this is a show not to be missed. Grab a ticket at just £12 from the usual vendors, as above.
So let’s do Kettering proud and put us on the Comedy map as we attract great comedians to our quirky and unique venue. We can only do it with your support, so come along and tell all your friends…
On 21st September we have a treat for our younger friends with Comedy Club 4 Kids at 2pm. This show will feature a selection of top national comedians (names as yet to be confirmed) who are experienced professionals, who will be doing a special set for kids (and any grown ups will love it too!). Check out some of the amazing names who have appeared at this Club in other venues before and grab a ticket (£8 or £6 concessions) while you can! Read more about this show here
On 7th September we will be hosting some fantastically talented musicians for a day of live music, art activities, fine local ales and good company – find out more here. The ticket price (which gives you the opportunity to come and go throughout the day) has remained at only £8 (£5 for concessions and Under 5′s FREE), and there will be tickets available on the door. Doors open at 1.30pm until late.
This Festival’s Headliners are the Willows who have a uniquely refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go, and amongst our evening acts we are thrilled to welcome the last minute addition of Alice Faraday and Matthew Taylor, from Dead Like Harry, recently seen on the Main stage at the Merry Tom festival, and their beautifully crafted, from-the-heart songs have won them commissions for TV and exposure on national and local radio, as well as invitations to perform at major festivals and supports for major artists. An outstanding act.
The full line up is
THE WILLOWS ~ THE HUT PEOPLE ~ BLUE ROSE CODE ~ ALICE FARADAY & MATTHEW TAYLOR~ PAUL LIDDELL ~ THE OLD GREY DOGS ~ HEX ~ THE OLD SPECKLED MEN
Call Becky on 01536 513858 (except Fridays) or email at email@example.com for more info. See you there!
Here at Kettering Arts Centre, whilst having a breather for August, we are getting very excited about the fantastic line-up of top quality shows we have coming up.
We have superb comedians from TV and Radio (Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Law, Mark Steel, James Acaster and more, including a kids comedy show), powerful theatre with an Award winning adaptation of the chilling Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and loads of great folk and roots music with our Potbelly Festival and our all-new monthly Potbelly Folk and Roots Club, as well as the wonderful Budapest Café Orchestra returning by popular demand.
So, we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly, atmospheric and unique venue for lots more great arts events on your doorstep at the best prices we can possibly negotiate for you.