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
Due to the ongoing issues concerning Coronavirus, Bonkers Playhouse Theatre will remain closed until further notice.
ANYONE HOLDING A TICKET FOR ANY POSTPONED PRODUCTION, PLEASE CALL 01536 601160 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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We’re living in unprecedented times and like many people I‘m feeling helpless. I talk about it a lot but I genuinely believe that theatre folk are some of the most resilient humans out there. That said, we need help, now more than ever. We are built on an industry of zero hour contracts, essentially if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Like many today I have woke up fearing for my colleagues, our industry and our theatre. When our backs against the wall we show the world what we‘re really made of.
Bonkers Playhouse Theatre came to life just over two years ago following a three year period of renovation of an old warehouse building. During our first two years we have produced 15 of our own productions plus another 28 productions brought in from other local theatre companies and performers. Needless to say, Bonkers Playhouse Theatre has already become a pivotal part of our local community within the arts industry. Any sort of help you could offer, no matter how small, would be welcomed. Let’s keep this wonderful industry of ours alive.
Stay safe and look after one another.
Mark Walker (Artistic Director) Bonkers Playhouse Theatre
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a world where reality and entertainment are continuously colliding, Live! follows ABN network president Katy Courbet and her team as inspiration strikes to create the most daring reality program ever. The show is Russian Roulette, network style, with contestants competing for five million dollars on-air, complete with a loaded gun. Live! examines the competitive and often gut-wrenching world of television production, where everyone from the crew to the contestants to the network brass becomes engulfed in a ratings battle where questions of morality and ethics lead to a dark, sick and unforgettable outcome.
Continuing with the ‘Bonkers Do…’ theme, this time we attack The Carpenters. Join us as we perform some of the best loved Carpenters songs. Guaranteed to be hit after hit of some of the most well known songs ever written. Limited tickets available, so book early.
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 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