About us

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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Please note: There is a £1 per transaction postage fee when buying tickets online.
Any online ticket purchases with less than 4 days before chosen performance date, tickets will be held at the box office for collection.

Bonkers Playhouse present

Bingo Night

Friday 27th Sept

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.

Perverbials present

Strike

3rd to 5th Oct

Sex, thugs and bowling balls. A very dark comedy. Set in 1984, and based on two true news stories, we follow the lives of 8 incredibly flawed characters. One rainy evening, this rabble of narcissists, cheats, drunkards, liars and blundering idiots all find themselves at the Bowlplex. They unwittingly gatecrash Eddie's 7th birthday party, and the rest is history.

Perverbials is a dark comedy theatre company, with our plays and stories based on fusions of two well-known proverbs. Originally called 'Strike While the Fat Lady Sings', this play came to fruition through a twisted take on 'Strike While the Iron is Hot' and 'It's Not Over 'til the Fat Lady  Sings', and eventually came to focus on the word 'strike'.

Tickets on: 0333 433 0985 or 07757767713

www.ticketsource.co.uk/strike,

Bonkers Theatrical presents

2 Across

15th to 19th Oct 2019

Production Sponsored by STANAIR

Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They’re alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don’t, fail.” Now he vows to finish. Why?  He’s a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an eighty-minute ride described by critics as “Hilarious,” “Witty,” “Romantic,” “Poignant,” and “Wonderfully entertaining.” Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better.


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

Belief

1st & 2nd Nov 2019

We welcome the return of John Arcanum, this time with his very dark and intimate magical event, Belief. You really don't want to miss this one. Age advisory, over 16's only. Limited tickets available, so book early.


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Bonkers Playhouse presents

Poker Night

Friday 22nd Nov 2019

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.

Bonkers Playhouse presents

Winter Wonderland

Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec

Event Sponsor:  THE YEWS

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.


Winter Wonderland 2019



Winter Wonderland 2019


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 along with poems and sketches. 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

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

Limited tickets available, so book early.




Bonkers Theatrical presents

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

27th Jan to 1st Feb

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