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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A Nordic tale and the Play they tried to Ban!!

whipering road seriouskitchen-publicity-notextIf, like me and a sizeable chunk of the British public these days you have a fascination with all things Scandinavian… you will love our latest offering “The Whispering Road” on 12th February at 7.30pm; a saga from the North to transport you to lands of fjords and trolls, complete with live, authentic music played on instruments you will never have seen before… Don’t miss out on a night of superb story-telling and sublime music.  Tickets £8 (£7 concessions) (members of our Friends scheme, look out for a special offer for this show by email coming soon).

You may have heard about our next offering in a Bible 1 RSCbizarre news story last week when a council in Northern Ireland tried to ban the play by the world renowned Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Bible, the Complete Word of God (Abridged!) . They eventually reversed the decision as common sense prevailed. We went to see the play to check it out for ourselves and I would heartily recommend that you do the same on 22nd February  – it was brilliant; funny, witty, silly and affectionate towards its source material. If you want to read many many more testimonials and reviews, see their facebook page including a front page 5 star review in the Belfast Telegraph!! Tickets are amazingly still available here, so get in quick for a show which has sold out in theatres world-wide. £15 (£13)

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Exciting Line-up for 2014 at Kettering Arts Centre

We have some quality comedy, music and theatre coming up, to lighten up the dark post-Christmas months…

On January 25th we welcome the fantastic Mr Robert Newman. Tickets £12.50 available from Waterstones, online here and through St Andrew’s Church.

Find our more about Rob Newman here. Rob Newman

‘He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.’ The Sunday Times

‘I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman.’ The Scotsman.

Then in February on 12thwhipering road seriouskitchen-publicity-notext we look forward to a wonderful live music and theatre experience from SeriousKitchen, with “The Whispering Road” “an evening of fantastic storytelling” with “sublime music”. There will be trolls!

Tickets are £8 (£7).Bible 1 RSC

And on 22nd February we are thrilled and privileged to be hosting the legendary Reduced Shakespeare Company to perform their hilarious, slick, laugh out loud show The Bible (The Complete Word of God, Abridged!).

Tickets are £15 (£13) to experience these madcap Americans and their irreverently brilliant show.

For information about any of the upcoming shows call Becky on 01536 513858 (from 6th Jan, except Fridays).

 

 

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