Kettering's first and only dedicated Playhouse Theatre offering a range of entertainment including: Straight Plays, Small Scale Musicals, Live Music, Themed Evenings and much more. With a licensed bar the venue is also available for hire for Conference / Meeting room, birthdays, anniversaries & other celebrations. Public parking at two locations, School Lane and Queen Street. Both are free after 6pm
Enjoy the fetivities of Christmas with Bonkers Playhouse Theatre as we present our second annual ‘Winter Wonderland’. A truly unique Christmas event featuring over 30 decorated Christmas Trees, Santa’s Grotto, A Woodland Waterfall and much, much more. Visit Santa in his grotto and get a family picture and gift for the children. Priced at just £7 per child (accompanying adults go free).
We will also be serving mulled wine, winter warmers and festive mince pies, or for something different, try one of our speciallity Hot Chocolates or Christmas inspired coffee's. Limited numbers available so early booking is advised.
To ease congestion and to help everybody have a memorable experience, tickets are provided at five minute intervals throughout the day. Choose your approximate arrival time from the drop down boxes below. Your actual time slot will be allocated within your chosen hour.
Join us for a fun night of Bingo. Play with one ticket or buy a full book. Licensed bar will be open.
Free entrance, just pay for your Bingo Books.
£2 per book. £10 for 6 books.
Each book covers all 10 games.
Extra spot prizes in our bonus 11th game.
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious musical pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’
Following his 'sell out' show early in 2019, we welcome back John in his Gammon Bunkum show. If you are a fan of slight of hand and all things magic, this is a must see. Since appearing at Bonkers Playhouse, this show has gone on to be performed at the 'Cellar Door' venue in London where it is performed every month.
Don't miss out, limited tickets available.
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright / director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus In Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress, oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious and erotic drama.
This is an event in aid of Cransley Hospice. Dave will sing some of his songs, tell stories and read excerpts from some of his books.
Dave was born in the middle of the 20th Century in Cornwall. His family moved to London in 1962 and he spent the next 12 years immersed in the counter culture and underground music scene in West London. He learned to play the guitar and played his first gig in about 1968. In 1974 he moved to Northampton and after spells living in Broughton and Somerset he moved to Kettering in 1987. Following redundancy in the early 90s he began to concentrate on his music and has released an album of mainly self penned songs every couple of years. He also plays mandolin and bass guitar. He completed a number of national theatre and festival tours before ill health curtailed his touring in 2011. Not to be outdone he turned his hand to writing and to date has had six books published, with two more in production. In his show Dave will sing some of his songs, tell stories and read excerpts from his books.
Proceeds from the evening will go to Cransley Hospice.
Jo has just moved her mum Glenda into the Woodlands Nursing Home and is trying to come to terms with their shifting roles. Glenda has dementia and is fretful, having left her imaginary ape Bobo behind – but at least she’s only stashing gateaux now instead of vodka, and her local police constabulary are waving goodbye with sweet relief. Larry the lorry driver has turned beautician and is in great demand, especially on the dance floor, while Dally the nurse glides through the mayhem bringing calm. A bittersweet comedic drama about alcohol, dementia and crawling out of the wreckage. This world premiere of a new play, written and directed by Kaye Vincent, promises laughter and tears, through family tales, hair curlers and hopi candles.
July 4th, 1990. In Italy, England are playing Germany in the Semi final of the World Cup. In Majorca, Bill and Monica are on holiday trying to rekindle a failing marriage. Monica dreams of an affair with Gary Lineker, the `Queen Mother of Football’, though in fact she’s been seeing Dan, a friend of Bill’s and a travel writer whose books are published by Bill’s firm. Circumstances change when Dan unexpectedly arrives at their hotel, ostensibly in Majorca to write an article. But as the game begins, the three, in the company of Bill’s colleague Ian and Birgitta, a local German tourist rep they’ve befriended, settle down to watch the game on TV. Through ninety minutes, extra time and the infamous penalty shoot out, the field of battle switches between the hotel and the Italian football pitch as Monica, Bill and the England team approach the inevitable.
A secluded beach on a Greek island.
A turtle called Thelma.
And a bittersweet romance that spans twenty years.
Twenty years ago, celebrated author and recluse, Samuel Pummel unexpectedly met the love of his life. Now they must both face the unthinkable.
With Jimmy Dean and Caroline Emes.
Written by Floyd Toulet. Directed by Jan Drew.
“A cast of two, a secluded beach and a story that spans twenty years, all help to make this original production both highly comic and deeply moving.”
“Not to be missed”
“A wonderful, bittersweet play”
Funny and so sad”
“Will be remembered. Very moving”
Touring the South East of England, London and Midlands 2019 / 2020
Continuing with the ‘Bonkers Do…’ theme, this time we attack The Rat Pack. Join us as we perform some of the best loved swing songs from the Rat Pack era. Guaranteed to be hit after hit of some of the most well known songs ever written. Limited tickets available, so book early.
A one woman show. Diane has a seemingly idyllic lifestyle and would never have dreamed of writing to a total stranger, let alone a murderer, but she is not content and after a disparaging remark from her husband decides, on a whim, to write to a prisoner on death-row in America. Is she doing this because of the lack of love from her career focused husband; increasingly independent children, or is it a cry for help? The consequences of her actions reveal more to her about life and her marriage.
27 Victoria Street
Tel: 01536 601160