Kettering Arts Centre has a cutting edge line-up on SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 8PM (doors 7.30pm) and a fantastic HEADLINER:
Tickets can also be purchased at Kettering Arts Centre, via Waterstones, Kettering or £10 on the door (cash only).
HEADLINER DANE BAPTISTE: Supporting Acts Tim Renkow & Edd Hedges and Kettering Arts Centre’s very own Compere Nick Wills!
SHOW 8PM (doors 7.30pm)
LICENSED BAR, local Potbelly Brewery beer on sale!
Saturday 9th November 2019 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
JHP’s ‘A Comedy Gig for Alex’ is a fundraiser for their volunteer Alex, who was left paralysed in 2018.
Crime Scene Improvisation
Featuring Ed Night, Joe Sutherland and Crime Scene Improvisation with Compere Nick Wills
Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourites Ed Night, Joe Sutherland and Crime Scene Improvisation will be rolling into Kettering for a guaranteed night of laughter and mayhem in aid of Alex.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR DESIREE BURCH – DESIREE’S COMING EARLY ON SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2019 8PM AT KETTERING ARTS CENTRE
DESIREE BURCH – DESIREE’S COMING EARLY
Comedian, actor, writer and storyteller. Winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award for stand-up.
★★★★ Guardian ★★★★★ Scotsgay ★★★★ Scotsman
The RAF Wyton Area Volunteer Band & Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir, Saturday 28th September 2019 7.30pm.
Kettering Arts Centre is excited to announce that due to a change in our scheduled line-up, DUNCAN OAKLEY will be the new opening act at our monthly Rolling In The Aisles Comedy Club on Saturday 19th October 8pm.
DUNCAN OAKLEY will join our other support act, MORGAN REES and headliner TOM WRIGGLESWORTH for the event with our very own funny man Nick Wills as Compere. Join us for an evening of fun and laughs. Tickets £9 (£10 on the door) available online and at Waterstones, Kettering.
Due to a change in our scheduled line-up we are delighted to announce that TOM WRIGGLESWORTH will be HEADLINING our RITA Comedy Club on Saturday 19th October 8pm.
If you missed out on Milton Jones and James Acaster, get booking for the fantastic comedy superstar DESIREE BURCH!
Kettering Arts Centre is proud to host the breakout star of Netflix’s Flinch, The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo (BBC) debuting new stand-up about the self and everything else.
Live Nation Presents
DESIREE BURCH PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 2nd November 2019 8pm
Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 30th November 2019 8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Kettering Arts Centre is delighted for the return of:
A Brief History of Christmas
600 Years of Yuletide Songs, Carols, Tunes and Tales
Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols.
Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, ‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.
The show takes in 600 years of music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion – all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour.
‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.
“Eclectic and enjoyable – a bewildering array of instruments” English Dance and Song
“You guys are awesome!” Bill Barclay, Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe
Recommended age 8+
(Please note GreenMatthews do not allow entry to under 5’s)
Facebook and Twitter /greenmatthewsuk
Saturday 2nd November 2019 8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Live Nation Presents
Desiree Burch Plus Special Guests
You already know comedian Desiree Burch, but isn’t it time to really find out?
The breakout star of Netflix’s Flinch, The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo (BBC) debuts new stand-up about the self and everything else. As seen on Have I Got News For You, QI, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, 8 Out of 10 Cats and more!
Every comic has a relationship show but what happens when that relationship’s with the one person you were most trying to avoid? One isn’t prime or perfect. But it is magic!
Nick Wills as Compere
Kettering Arts Centre is proud to bring you a fantastic evening of comedy with these club favourites! To celebrate KETTFEST we are hosting TWO evenings of comedy and we kick off with this brilliant line up on Friday 12th July 8pm. Tickets £9 in advance.
Doors will open at 7:30pm, we will be selling local Potbelly Brew and other delicious drinks and snacks at our bar so join us for what promises to be a great event!
RADU ISAC – GOOD EXCUSES FOR SOCIOPATHS
Do you sometimes think about your actions? Do your actions make you feel like a sociopath? Does feeling like a sociopath hurt your self-esteem? Well this show was specifically written to make you feel better!
“Simultaneously sweet and dark” (Chortle.co.uk). As seen and heard on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and Comedy Central Extra.
“Certainly impressive” Beyond the Joke
“Cynical and tricksy” Chortle
OLAF FALAFEL PRESENTS KNITTING WITH MARACAS
Critically acclaimed idiot Olaf Falafel is back once again like a renegade master.
If you”ve been to any of his previous shows you”ll know exactly what to expect – inventive jokes and stupid comedic leftfieldery all held together with the flimsiest of narrative structures.
“Absurdity so well-crafted that silly doesn”t do it justice”
“A wonderful hour of professional silliness”
“A barrage of absurdist humour and sharp one-liners”
“Olaf Falafel is an idiot, and wouldn’t have it any other way”
(Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
Kettering Arts Centre Saturday 13th July, 2019
Show: 7:30pm (door 7pm)
We are very excited to announce comedy Legend TONY SLATTERY makes his debut at Kettering Arts Centre for KettFest weekend with an exclusively extended preview of his appearances at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In this full evening of entertainment, Tony Slattery will be in intimate conversation with comedy historian Robert Ross, reflecting on the roller coaster career that has taken in everything from the Cambridge Footlights to Carry On Columbus.
Then Tony will be back on stage with his partner in off-the-cuff comedy, Allan Lear, in a free-falling session of spontaneous japery.
As can be expected of the King of Improvisation, anything could happen and it probably will…
Running time: 120 minutes (with interval)
HEADLINER ANDY ASKINS, SUPPORTING ACTS JENNY COLLIER AND TOM LITTLE.
Compere – our very own Nick Wills!
For a great night of comedy in the heart of the town centre, join us at Kettering Arts Centre at St Andrew’s Church. Tickets £9 (£10 on the door).
Licensed bar (cash only) selling drinks and snacks including local brew: Potbelly Brewery Limited.
Following his 150 date, smash-hit tour, Lee Nelson comes to Kettering Arts Centre for one night only! This incredible comedian has added us to his extensive UK tour and we are very excited!
Lee Nelson will be live on stage in KETTERING for a special performance of his sensational Serious Joker stand-up show. DON’T MISS OUT! Tickets still available via Waterstones, Kettering Arts Centre and WeGotTickets. £20 each. GET BOOKING!
“In this sort of form Nelson is irresistible… there aren’t many better comedians to turn to”
“Comedy legend” The Sun
“You should be ashamed of yourself” Sepp Blatter
In a last minute change to our line up for this event we have the very funny NEIL MCFARLANE following our opening act – BRIAN & KRYSTAL and our headliner – TV’s Big Breakfast’s PAUL TONKINSON.
Neil started his comedy career in Scotland 16 years ago, where he remains a regular act at the highly-regarded Stand Comedy Clubs in Glasgow & Edinburgh.
He now performs in locations across the length and breadth of the British Isles, attracting widespread concern, and has also entertained international audiences in places as far-flung as Tenerife, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, the Czech Republic, the two Channel Islands you can actually get to, Florida, California and Kent.
Neil reached the Scottish regional final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2001, so technically that means he’s been on the telly (for the 7 people who had BBC CHOICE at the time). If you really want to stretch the point, he’s also been on ’15 to 1′ twice, and has the dubious honour of being the only contestant in the show’s history to have been told off by William G. Stewart for slouching.
In 2006 Neil came third in the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition and performed his first, sold-out, one-man show, ‘Posh Glaswegian’, at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, followed by his first full run in the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe; and his first solo show outside Scotland, at the Manchester Comedy Festival.
He moved to London to become a full-time comic in 2009, and March 2010 saw his fourth solo show at the Magners’ Glasgow Comedy Festival, entitled ‘Neil McFarlane is Still in Search of a USP’. In 2013 he performed ‘Neil McFarlane’s First Period’ at the Bath Comedy Festival and the Brighton Fringe.
In 2012 Neil was a finalist in Jongleurs Comic Idol competition. He also wrote and performed his solo show “Sightseeing With A Hangover” at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2016
Regarding his acting experience, Neil played the role of Sandy Johnstone in ‘Death of a Critic’, a play by Keir McAllister produced at the Ramshorn Theatre as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. (‘Really rather good’. ROBERT DAWSON SCOTT, THE TIMES). Overall his acting experience has covered Shakespeare, comic monologues and sketches, a satirical revue and comedy play with music at consecutive Edinburgh festivals, and a range of acting across all media including broadcast commercials, as well as a modicum of corporate voice-over and presenting work. He’s also contributed to Fred MacAulay’s show on BBC Radio Scotland, not to mention the ‘Alternative Sandwich Show’ for SubCity Radio in Glasgow.
Neil McFarlane is available to support, compère or headline; and for corporate work, acting jobs, presenting and any conceivable radio & television punditry. He’s had all his jabs and frequently keeps his clothes on. Allow him gently to divert you from the horrific truth of your own existential plight and occasionally use the word ‘seepage’.
“A sparky self-effacing wit which cannot possibly fail to please.” THEATRE BATH
“A clear ability to craft a gag.” CHORTLE
“Fantastic punchlines.” MANCHESTER CITY LIFE
“Creamed potato.” THE SCOTSMAN
We’re delighted to announce some of our programme for 2019 (with plenty more to come), with some top names in comedy, entertaining theatre and stunning musical talent. See the full line-up so far here
The return of the popular Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club each month: Jan 19th // Feb 23rd // Mar 16th // April 20th // May 25th.
On Feb 2nd the genius Robert Newman returns with his new show; Total Eclipse of Descartes followed by the sell out James Acaster’s Hope for Moldova Charity Gala night.
Julian Dutton stars in Do you think that’s Wise? The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier and Patrick Monahan is back with his show #Goals together with our Comedians and Carols star, bringing his full, anarchic cooking show – George Egg DIY Chef.
The Pantaloons are back with the Odyssey on 13th April, followed by an adaptation of the classic TV show; Hancock & Co on 11th May.
Plus sign up to our mailing to hear first about a booking on 17th May that should prove very popular!
Keep watching social media for Kettering Arts Centre to announce the fantastic comedy line up for Comedians and Carols – Monday 23rd December 2019!