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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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Stagelight Theatre Co presents

Bad Auditions by Bad Actors

& Modern Love

15th to 17th Nov

Join us for an evening of comedy in these two amazing shows in one night. Tickets available online and from the Bonkers Playhouse Box Office.

Bad Auditions by Bad Actors the Play
A casting director has one day to find the leads for a community theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. But what seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes extreme method actors, performers who just don't know what to do with their hands, and one particular woman who may or may not think she's a cat! This hilarious comedy will bring you to the last place you'd ever want to be…behind the doors of a casting session.

Modern Love – A comical concert of modern day love songs.
Join our cast of talented singers performing songs about the comical trials and tribulations of modern day love. Featuring songs by Drew Gasparini and musicals such as Ordinary Days and Island Song this concerts songs makes you relate to all your relationships with a laugh.


Bonkers Playhouse present

Poker Night

Friday 23rd November

Experienced players and beginners welcome. Come and join us for a fun night of Poker. £10 Buy In will get you 5 games during the evening. Licenced bar will be open.

Also, for one night only, we have a card demonstration by Johnathan Strudwick (Magician) who will be performing at Bonkers Playhouse in February 2019


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!


Nice 'n' Easy presents

Dreaming Of A Rat Pack Christmas

15th Dec

Nice 'n' Easy return to Bonkers Playhouse with their Christmas Special. Supported by The Nicettes this promises to be a wonderful evening of classic Rat Pack songs mixed with some favourite Christmas tunes.

Bonkers Playhouse presents

New Year's Eve Celebration

Live Entertainment by Jonathan & James Reynolds

31st Dec  8pm till 1am

Jonathan & James return to the Playhouse, following their successful debut at the venue with 'The Great American Songbook' in September, to help us celebrate the New Year. Tickets are limited to 40 places only so get in quick. Tickets are priced at £15 but this does include your toast drink (Prosecco) at midnight.

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

Bonkers Playhouse present

Bingo Night

Friday 11th January

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

Tell Me On A Sunday

21st to 26th Jan

Production Sponsor – Goddard Self Storage

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.


Bonkers Playhouse presents

Gammon Bunkum

& Bold Bamboozle

22nd & 23rd Feb

Be prepared to be amazed.

Our first Magician appearing for just two nights. Believe me when I say you don't want to miss this one. He is amazing.


Bonkers Theatrical presents

Parents Evening

19th to 23rd Mar

It’s dusk. Mother and father are in their bedroom, dressing in preparation for Parents’ Evening at their only daughter’s primary school. During this rare opportunity to check in, the couple embarks on a volatile, passionate and surprising confrontation that challenges every one of their life choices. The play is a painfully witty, perceptive exploration of the landlines of parenting in modern marriage.


White Cobra presents

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane

Saturday 6th April

In a dingy cottage in Leenane, a remote part of Galway, spinster Maureen lives with her self-pitying, ruthless, hateful mother, Mag. Constantly at her beck and call, Maureen takes revenge by feeding her lumpy Complan and hurling the occasional insult. Escape comes in the form of Pato Dooley, who is about to go to Boston. When Mag interferes once too often Maureen decides the time has come to break free — in a very violent

Tickets on:

07447 217622


Bonkers Theatrical presents

Bonkers Do… The Movies

25th to 27th April

Continuing with the 'Bonkers Do…' theme, this time we attack The Movies. Join us as we travel through the ages featuring some of the best movie songs of all time. Think of your favourite movie, then think of the headline song from that movie, there's a good chance it will be in this show. Limited tickets available,
so book early.


Theats presents


25th May

We welcome back the Theats to perform An Evening Of Song. This will be Encore's second visit to the Playhouse following their successful show in 2018. Featuring many well known and loved tunes. An evening not to be missed.

Tickets on:


or 01536 601160

Bonkers Theatrical presents

Blood Brothers (The Play)

8th to 13th July 2019

The story revolves around two boys, Mickey Johnston and Eddie Lyons, both from different backgrounds. One from a well off family, The Lyons’, and one from quite a poor family, The Johnston’s. The two boys become friends at the age of seven and we watch them grow into adults. But there is a secret that Mrs Johnston and Mrs Lyons hold. Eddie is the twin brother of Mickey, who was given away at birth to an infertile Mrs Lyons. As the two grow up they become very close and are even in love with the same girl, Linda. As they all grow older Mickey and Linda are married but, due to recession, Mickey becomes chronically depressed. He also believes Linda is having an affair with Eddie.
He then sets out on a mission to find his ‘friend’. Mrs Johnston and Linda hurry after him in a last ditch attempt to stop him killing his twin. Mrs Johnston finally tells the brothers the truth, but with tragic consequences.


Bonkers Theatrical presents


17th to 21st Sept 2019

A prominent author of novels and “true crime” stories enters a secluded mental institution to interview a serial killer who has been confined there for thirty years. The superintendent of the institution does not want the interview to take place and is hostile. In an effort to make the writer to understand what it means to be insane, he restrains him in a straight jacket. Then he pulls out a scalpel; he is the serial killer. The inmates have taken over the asylum and killed all of the staff except for “Nurse Plimpton”. Actually a doctor, she tries to intervene and is gruesomely dispatched or so the audience thinks.


Bonkers Theatrical presents

2 Across

15th to 19th Oct 2019

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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27a Victoria Street
NN16 0BU
Tel: 01536 601160