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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


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Bonkers Playhouse present

Poker Nights

As part of our ongoing fundraising we hold bi-monthly Poker Nights, details above.

Experienced players and beginners are welcome

£10 buy in will get you five games during the evening

Paul’s Bar will be open

For more info or to book a place call 01536 601160

Next Poker Night

Bonkers Theatrical present

Orphans

21st to 26th May

Two grown orphan brothers live in an old dilapidated row house in North Philadelphia, deserted in childhood by an unfaithful father and by the death of their mother. Older brother Treat, brutal and violent, provides for his younger brother Phillip by being a petty thief, interpreting the role of father. With the love and protectiveness of an older brother and an orphan’s fear of abandonment, Treat takes away Phillip’s chances to grow up, depriving him of knowledge and forcing him to live in a world of illiteracy and innocence, relegating him to their lost childhood.  As Treat is out stealing to put food on the table, Phillip never leaves the house, thinking he will die from something outside because of a near deadly allergic reaction he had as a child. Haunted by the death of their mother, he spends his time lying in her closet filled with unworn clothes. Curious about the world, he secretly attempts to understand things by watching reruns of ‘The Price Is Right’ and underlining words in newspapers and old books he finds lying around. Treat kidnaps and ties up a Chicago gangster named Harold. Harold, an orphan himself, with the prowess of an escape artist, loosens the ties that bind him, turns the tables around, and with gun in hand, puts himself into the role of teacher, healer and surrogate parent.


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Bonkers Playhouse present

Bingo Night

Friday 15th June

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.

EG Productions present

Same Time Next year

22nd & 23rd June

New Jersey accountant George Peters and Oakland housewife Doris meet at a Northern California inn in February 1951. They have an affair, and agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them.
Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives.

Tickets on 01536 601160

White Cobra present

Scaramouche Jones

28th & 29th June

As the twentieth century ticks away, the mysterious white faced clown Scaramouche Jones emerges from the circus ring for the very last time. With just an hour remaining before the new millennium, he finally tells of his journey from a Trinidad whorehouse to The Big Top.
Justin Butcher’s classic piece of theatre brilliantly weaves the actual events of a century which shaped the world we live in today, with the life story of an extraordinary character.
At times hilarious, at times heart-breaking, this award winning production is back for a limited run, so roll up, roll up ….. come see the clown and discover the secret life story of Scaramouche Jones.

Tickets on 07447 217622 or

www.ticketsource.co.uk/whitecobra

Nice n Easy present

Rat Pack Experience

7th July

Local Rat Pack Tribute act, ‘Nice n Easy’ come to Bonkers Playhouse for the first time. Seating for this event will be cabaret style with waitress service to all tables. Limited number of tickets available for this event so early booking is advised.




Bonkers Playhouse present

Barbecue & Beer

14th July

Why not join us for our first annual Barbecue & Beer event. Help yourself to the tasty selection from the barbecue and indulge in some beautifully crafted beers and ciders from the local ‘Pot Belly Brewery’. Your first drink is included in the ticket price. Limited spaces, early booking is advised.




Tony Howes presents his One Man Show version of

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Friday 20th July

Taking on every role from Puck to Bottom, veteran Shakespearean actor and comedy award winning performer Tony Howes adds a touch of the Monty Python to one of the Bard's best loved comedies.





Daniel Fortune presents

Fortune And Friends

28th July

An evening with some of the counties best
vocalists. Come and join Daniel, Becci, Ashleigh, Ian and Sam as they
take you on a journey through various genres of music.

Cabaret style seating at tables with waitress service from the bar.

Tickets on 01536 601160

Bonkers Theatrical present

Blackbird

6th to 11th Aug

At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una. Fifteen years earlier, he had sexually abused her. This relationship, which lasted three months, began and ended when Una was 12 and Ray was 40. Ultimately, they ran off together, and, while Ray was taking time to compose himself after realizing what he had just done, he left her alone in a motel room. She got worried and left to find him, which led to both of them frantically searching for one another and raising suspicions within the small coastal town where they were staying. Eventually, a couple out walking their dog took Una in and called the police after learning why she was there. Ray was then arrested and imprisoned. Upon his release, he managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down. Ray takes Una to the office break room, where the two engage in a long and difficult confrontation involving Una’s continuing struggles to understand and come to terms with the abuse and her intensely conflicting emotions, which pivot between anger, curiosity, confusion, and even a persistent attachment to Ray, whom Una loved, and she believed that he loved her. The fearful Ray, who is himself trying to forget the past and the potential feelings he had for Una, parries her demanding questions and descriptions of her feelings and experiences, all the while uncertain of her intentions.


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Jonathan Reynolds presents

The Great American Songbook

8th Sept

The Great American Songbook includes Jonathan Reynolds, James Reynolds and Clare Emery, something of a dream team of vocalists

Cabaret style seating at tables with waitress service from the bar.

Tickets on 01536 601160

White Cobra present

Duets

26th & 27th Oct

A very funny comedy by the author of Broadway smash End of the Rainbow and the West End hit Glorious! Four sets of characters, four crucial moments. Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they’ve never got it right before; Barrie is not really interested in women but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying; Shelley and Bobby have decided to holiday in Spain to finalize their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails; Angela is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her brother Toby and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.

Tickets on 07447 217622 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/whitecobra

Bonkers Theatrical presents

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

5th to 10th Nov

An American doctor and an Irish journalist are being held captive by terrorists in Beirut. They exercise and they argue, supportive in their mutual determination to survive. They are joined by an English academic. The three display their national biases and prejudices, which are intensified in the cramped confines of their cell. As time passes, resentments and recriminations give way to an acknowledgment of their characters, strengths and weaknesses. They learn that humour is their surest weapon against their captors and the safest armour to protect themselves. They shoot imaginary films, they throw a big party for each other, they play a fantastical game of tennis, they laugh at and with each other, and they learn to lament what was lost in their lives before captivity. Each comes to know himself through listening to the stories, sorrows and joys of the others. At the end of the play, they are capable of standing together and alone.


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Bonkers Playhouse present

Winter Wonderland

1st Dec

Enjoy the fetivities of Christmas with Bonkers Playhouse as we present our first ‘Winter Wonderland’. A truly unique Christmas event featuring over 30 decorated Christmas trees, Santa’s Grotto, A Woodland Waterfall and much more. Visit Santa in his grotto and get a picture and gift for just £6. We will also be serving mulled wine, winter warmers and festive mince pies from Paul’s Bar. Limited numbers available so early booking is advised.




Bonkers Theatrical presents

The Eight Reindeer Monologues

3rd to 8th Dec

Looking for something different this Christmas? Tired of ‘Pantomimes’
and ‘A Christmas Carol’? Well, this is the play for you! Eight reindeer
dish the dirt on the real Santa. All those rumours you’ve heard about
him and the elves. About Rudolph’s little secret and Vixen’s story that
was leaked to the press, all true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up
and they do not hold back! This play is not recommended for younger
audiences. Adults only for this one!


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Bonkers Playhouse present

1st Anniversary Cabaret Evening

19th Jan

Join us for our first anniversary
celebration. Evening features the return of ‘Fortune And Friends’ with
some very special guests covering all genres of music. A great night is
guaranteed.

Cabaret style seating at tables with waitress service from the bar.

Very limited numbers. Early booking recomended.





Bonkers Theatrical presents

Tell Me On A Sunday

21st to 26th Jan

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic Tell Me on a Sunday is a one-woman show that charts the course of a young English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to seek success, companionship and, of course, love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether – in fact – she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.


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BONKERS PLAYHOUSE
27a Victoria Street
Kettering
Northants
NN16 0BU
Tel: 01536 601160