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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 Theatrical presents

Bonkers Do… Christmas

12th to 14th Dec

Continuing with the ‘Bonkers Do…’ theme, this time we attack Christmas. Some of the best loved festive songs. A guaranteed fun night out for all the family to get you into the festive spirit.
Limited tickets available, so book early.


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

A New Years Eve Celebration

Tuesday 31st Dec

Event Sponsored by BONKERS MASSAGE

Come along and ring in the New Year with us at Bonkers Playhouse Theatre. Live entertainment supplied by Time 2 Fly. 8.00pm till 1.00am

Limited tickets available, so book early.




Bonkers Playhouse present

Bingo Night

Friday 17th Jan

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.

Bonkers Theatrical presents

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

27th Jan to 1st Feb

Production Sponsor: Goddard Self Storage

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?’


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

Gammon Bunkum & Bold Bamboozle

7th & 8th Feb

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.


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Bonkers Theatrical presents

Venus In Fur

4th to 7th Mar

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.


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

Poker Night

Friday 13th March 2020

Join us for a fun
night of Poker. Beginners and experienced players welcome. Mini League
format, so you are never out of the game for too long. £10 buy in gets
you 5 games during the night. Licensed bar.

Cytringan Players present

Men Of The World

Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March 2020

Larry, Stick and Frank, three coach drivers, share their experiences of passengers on previous trips to exotic locations such as Folkstone, and getting stuck in the channel tunnel for hours. The affection, frustration and black humour in their observations emphasises that you can take the lad out of Yorkshire, but not Yorkshire out of t'lad.


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

An Evening with Dave Clemo

Saturday 28th Mar

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.

 





Bonkers Theatrical presents

Keeping Mum

14th to 18th April

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.


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Bonkers Theatrical presents

An Evening with Gary Lineker

2nd to 6th June

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.


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Bonkers Playhouse & Touted Folly presents

The Terribly Disappointing Mr Pummel

19th & 20th June

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” 

Presented by the writer of V&A recognised KNOCK KNOCK and internationally broadcast SNARED

Touring the South East of England, London and Midlands 2019 / 2020


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Bonkers Theatrical presents

Bonkers Do… The Rat Pack

9th to 11th July

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.


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Bonkers Theatrical presents

The Queen Of Horror

&

We Apologise For The Inconvenience

15th to 19th Sept

The Queen Of Horror

Successful novelist Hannah Gold, nicknamed 'The Queen of Horror', is being interviewed by a young fan for a podcast. But is her interviewer who she claims to be? And what does she really want?

We Apologise For The Inconvenience

It’s 1984 and Douglas Adams’s editor has locked him in a hotel room in a desperate attempt to get the reluctant author to finish the 4th book in his popular Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy. Notoriously bad with deadlines, Adams is far too busy distracting himself with Life, the Universe and Anything Else Apart From Writing to care, including reflections on his failed Hollywood career, PG Wodehouse, evolution, his relationship with the Pythons and the fine art of tea-making. Will he make the deadline?  Oh, and there’s a talking duck in it.


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Next Page Productions present

From Me To 3792

Saturday 17th Oct 2020

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.

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