The return of Fantastic Summer Music at Kettering Arts Centre

This June we are delighted to be hosting some magical musical Summer nights…

On 22nd June at 7.30pm GreenMatthews present “A Brief History of Music”

BHM-website-pic-1Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.

Tickets are £11 (£10 concessions) from our usual vendors. Informative, fun, entertaining and unique – for all ages!

Then on 30th June, in a last minute but really exciting addition to the programme, we are delighted to be welcoming back the wonderful Budapest Café Orchestra after they blew us away (twice!) a few years ago with some very special performances.

BCOThe Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful and driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies.   The richness and dynamism of Balkan music is on display here in all its untamable glory in a wide-ranging programme of impassioned Hungarian Czardas, tender Russian folk melodies, rollicking dances from Romania and Moldavia, bitter sweet Jewish laments, one or two electrifying compositions of the group’s own making plus a few surprises along the way…  The music evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – good enough to make you want to book a holiday along the Danube!

Comprising four fabulous players of violins, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika the BCO boasts some of the country’s most revered international stars.

It will be a great night of top quality music, don’t miss out.

Show starts at 8pm, tickets £15 (£14 concessions) available here and in Waterstones by 30th June

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Jay Foreman – Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children – May 12th 2pm!

I’ve been watching a fair amount of Jay Foreman on YouTube in anticipation of his upcoming kids (and big kids) show on Saturday 12th May at 1.30pm. They are brilliant!

Here are three of my faves (ticket details below):

We are doing a special family ticket (comprising two adults and two children) for £24 (+ booking fee) from WeGotTicket

Otherwise standard tickets are £8 (+ booking fee) WeGotTickets

Tickets are also available in Kettering Waterstones and further is information HERE!

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Great Laughs coming up – for kids and adults at Kettering Arts Centre

Coming up very soon on 12th May at 2pm we have the fantastically funny Jay Foreman, bringing his hilariously funny-bone tickling comedy songs for kids! Don’t miss out on superb LIVE entertainment for your whole family. Great value family tickets make it a brilliant alternative to sitting at home in front of a screen!

Click here to see what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say about him!!!!…


And we’re very excited about this one – Nish Kumar is coming to Kettering Arts Centre on 21st Sept 2018!
Man of the moment, host of the Mash Report and Live at the Apollo, Nish has featured on loads of TV and Radio including the utterly brilliant Taskmaster and with Joel Dommett on Joel & Nish vs the World. And he’s one of James Acaster’s best comedy mates!
Find out more here and get your tickets fast – they are online here at and here at Ticketmaster NOW and in Waterstones from 12noon on 28/4/18!

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Less than a month until Richard Herring makes his Kettering Arts Centre debut

ohfrig_lWe are very excited to be hosting Richard Herring’s Oh Frig, I’m 50 on Saturday 28th April. It will be Richs first appearance at Kettering Arts Centre and a very exciting time for local residents (well definitely me at least).

Originally famous for co-creating Alan Partridge (allegedly) and the fantastic 90’s TV comedy shows Fist of Fun (which had the profound effect of adding the phrase ‘moon on a stick‘ to my lexicon) and This Morning With Richard Not Judy (featuring the iconic meeting of Kevin Eldon as Rod Hull and the Curious Orange), he left the heady days of TV broadcasting behind to concentrate on amassing a die-hard and loyal fan base over the next 20 years, with sixteen Edinburgh shows and subsequent national tours.

He is a prolific podcaster with Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP, RHLSTP!) now up to thirteen series and 170+ episodes (and having just won another Chortle award), nearly 80 episodes of Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast (RHEFP) and the proudly nigh-on unlistenable Me1 vs Me2 Snooker, in which he recreates his lonely childhood by playing himself at a game of snooker while commentating on it as himself.

Oh and he raised £150,000 for Refuge on International Womens Day by using twitter to tell idiot men who asked ‘When is International Mens Day?’ that it is November 19th.

“I thought this year it would be nice if we raised some money…to turn stupid or negative comments by people who don’t understand how to Google into something that will be positive and helpful.”

Having seen this show earlier in the year I can personally attest as to how great it is and that he absolutely deserves his legendary status!

Doors open 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £17.50 (+booking fee) from WeGotTickets or you can buy them in person at Waterstones Kettering (ask behind the counter).


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April 21st Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club at Kettering Arts Centre

On April 21st we have another great night of laughs for you at Rolling in the Aisles (or RITA, as I’ve heard two people call it).

Headlining is Wes Zaharuk, an amazing props comedian with a penchant for the madcap. Then we have a Brummie takeover with both Andy White and Craig Deeley hailing from that fair town (and probably sharing a car!)

Tickets are available online from WeGotTickets, or in person at Waterstones and also on the door.

Doors open 7.30pm with show start at 8pm.



“Tommy Cooper on acid.” Channel 4

Master of mayhem, prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk, takes audience on a joy-ride of frenzy machine-gun anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. If you like to laugh out loud you won’t want to miss this show.

Canadian Wes appeared across the USA and Canada before basing himself in the UK. As well as North America, he’s brought his eccentric collection of prop tricks to (amongst other countries) Germany, Israel, Cyprus, Denmark, Australia and Singapore. He has a wealth of experience in both the club and corporate worlds across North America and Europe.

Wes Zaharuk credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash.

About the use of props, such as vacuums, whips, and blowers, in his performance Wes quips ‘Show business sometimes lures people who didn’t get enough love early in life. I feel as a child I didn’t get enough unsupervised time with power tools but who has perfect parents?’

“Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil” Toronto Sun

“A rib-ticking dive into the surreal.” Channel 4




Andy White is an energetic, confident and silly Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect. Andy has numerous media appearences, including the BBC New Comedy Awards on BBC Choice, Brand Spanking New on BBC Radio 7 and his winning performance on the Weakest Link comedian’s special! His appearance on the BBC quiz show featured in his five star (* * * * * Three Weeks) Edinburgh show, ‘It Started With A Quiz’ in 2007. This followed on from his well-received one man show at the 2005 Leicester Comedy Festival: Young, Gifted and Beige.

Andy escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic who mixes silly voices and faces with observational humour, topical humour and his mixed
race background. He can do material that’s clever, cheeky, sick or just silly and his performance can shift from deadpan to loud and physical. Andy has played to a wide variety of audiences, adults and children, both at home and abroad, in comedy clubs, theatres, universities, radio and TV shows, and at corporate entertainment events. He regularly headlines up and down the UK and has worked with all the major chains and comedy promoters along the way. Overseas, he’s performed in Monte Carlo (Laughing Horse), Berlin (Bleu Montag), Abu Dhabi and Dubai (Laughter House) amongst others.

“Had me exercising my pelvic floor muscles to avoid an accident” Karen Slater, BBC Tees

“Undeniably entertaining”

“Oozes talent” What’s On Magazine



Craig Deeley is a Birmingham-based stand-up who has crafted his art formcraig-deeley
over the last ten years. Craig’s repertoire is one of anecdotal observational comedy, combining humble self-mockery and tapping into the ridiculousness of modern life and everyday occurrences that we all recognise.

Craig works throughout the UK and has toured extensively on the national comedy circuit including regular comedy festival appearances. He has fulfilled several broadcast media engagements and is also an experienced stage actor and improvisation performer.

“What a revelation! Really good, great material!” — Cheeky Monkey

“Charming Brummie with a nice take on life” – Gay Times

“His 15 minutes were over far too quickly” – BBC Birmingham


As ever our Rolling in the Aisles club nights are ably and amusingly hosted by our very own comedian compere – Nick Wills.

“The vicar is very funny” – Mark Steel


Please note: Acts are subject to change.
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March 24th – Rolling in the Aisles is back at Kettering Arts Centre

On Saturday 24th March we have a great night of laughs for you at Rolling in the Aisles (or RITA, as I’m sure no-one calls it).

Headlining are Jonny and the Baptists, who are back from their sell-out LEFTY SCUM tour with Josie Long and Grace Petrie and are shortly embarking on a new THE WORLD IS A MESS, HERE ARE SOME SONGS national tour.

Tickets are available online HERE, from Waterstones, and on the door.


Comedy band ‘Jonny & The Baptists’ (Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers) make
riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity. They have risen rapidly
to cult-status in the last year, making the finals of the ‘Amused Moose
Laughter Awards’, the ‘2013 New Act of the Year Awards’ and the ‘Musical
Comedy Awards’, and being featured on ‘The Now Show’ (BBC Radio 4), ‘The
Infinite Monkey Cage’ (BBC R4), ‘The Gadget Show’ (Channel 5) and
‘Sketchorama’ (BBC R4)

★★★★ ‘Brilliant – the closest thing the Fringe has to rock gods’ Fest
Magazinejonny and baptists

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Wickedly Amusing’ The Times

‘Musical comedy’s rising stars’ The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Superbly crafted.’ The Metro

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Seriously funny.’ The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Spirited comedy…broad, daft and punchy.’ // ‘Politically energised…
raucously silly.’ The Guardian


Andrew hails from Northamptonshire and moved to London to pursue a career
in stand-up. He worked in a bar where he practised making the regulars laugh
before his career in live comedy took off. Since then, Andrew has become a
top headline act up and down the UK as well as performing around the world
from Dublin to Doha. He has also supported Rhod Gilbert and Lee Hurst on
tour, and been the warm-up artist for TV shows including Nevermind The
Buzzcocks, Room 101 and Pointless. Andrew is also a writer in demand having
written for series such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week. Andrew’s 2011
Andrew birdand 2012 Edinburgh were sold out and received glowing reviews across the board.

“Comedy gold…going to be a star” The Scotsman

“A great storyteller. Funny, likeable and effortless” Time Out

“Funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert

“Beautifully observed and insightful” Chortle



Charming Welsh comedian Phil Cooper brings a unique blend of storytelling
and smart jokes to any stage.

As well as live stand-up in the U.K./Europe (as an MC or set), he also has
experience in TV, radio and warm-up.phil cooper
His hour long solo comedy TV special aired on S4C on 21 December 2017.

​“Makes comedy look simple, a true talent” – Fosters Comedy

​”Impossible not to be drawn into his expertly delivered dialogue as he
riffs off audience interactions – Top class comedian” – Ministry Comedy

“Very impressive. Had everyone in stitches. We will certainly be having him back again and again” – Eminent Comedy

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March Fun at Kettering Arts Centre

We’re delighted and excited to be welcoming back our favourite theatre company; the Pantaloons with their latest and most intriguing adaptation yet.

H.G. Well’s classic tale of alien invasion that terrified readers and opened up the possibilities of others “out there” will be brought to you with the Pantaloons’ trademark verve, humour, interaction and fun, on March 10th at 7.30pm.

war of the worlds

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s…”

And fewer would have believed in the first years of the twenty-first century that H. G. Wells’ science fiction classic would be performed live by just four actors with intelligences lesser than average…

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale.

The chances of success? A million to one…

“Part alternative rock band, part thespian… wholly charming.” (The Times)

Tickets are available HERE

And then on 24th March its our regular monthly comedy club, Rolling in the Aisles. This month we have a fantastic line-up, featuring brilliantly anarchic, bitingly sharp and absolutely hilarious musical satirists and comics; Jonny and the Baptists. Don’t miss out. For more info on the full line up and full details see HERE


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