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
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.
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
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.
Kenneth and Hilary have been married nearly twenty years, but as middle age approaches, Ken finds himself in the arms of another woman. At first, Laura appears to be everything that is missing from Ken’s life with Hilary – young, slim, attractive and a vibrant free spirit – but his little fling quickly becomes desperately out of hand. Juggling the affections of two women, his world becomes a tangle of lies and deceit. After his initial denials to Hilary’s increasing suspicions, he is soon forced to confront the truth and leaves Hilary for Laura. Only one problem . . . Laura can’t cook. As time passes, Kenneth mourns the loss of Sunday roasts and haute cuisine, and the comforts of the settled life he once knew. When Hilary invites Ken and Laura over for dinner, he readily accepts, unaware of what delicacies Hilary plans to serve. Told through a series of flashbacks interspersed with the `last supper’, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is a highly entertaining exploration of the old adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”!
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.
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.
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The slamming of the front door at the end of Ibsen’s delicate and electrifying play shatters the romantic masquerade of the Nora and Torvald’s marriage. In their stultifying and infantilised relationship, they have deceived themselves and each other into thinking they are happy. But Nora’s concealment of a loan she had to take out for her husband’s sake forces their frivolous conversation to an irrevocable crisis, until Nora claims her right to individual freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?’
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.
27 Victoria Street
Tel: 01536 601160