Music, children’s theatre and comedy are on show as theatre’s autumn line-up is announced

Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les Mckeown performs at the Corby Core this autumn

Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les Mckeown performs at the Corby Core this autumn

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The Bay City Rollers, Room on the Broom, Big Country and comedian Jason Byrne are among highlights of a packed autumn programme at The Core Theatre in Corby.

Bosses at the theatre have announced a star-filled bill for the autumn that will feature comedy, drama, music and children’s theatre.

Comedians topping the bill include sharp-witted Scot Danny Bhoy and Radio 4 favourite Susan Calman

The UK’s leading comedy magician Pete Firman also returns with his unmissable show Trickster. Top comic Jason Byrne invites audiences to come up with a name for his new show, while David O’Doherty promises an entertaining evening of talking and songs. The comedy line up also includes Chris Martin, Chris Ramsay and Northamptonshire’s own James Acaster.

Musical highlights come from Eddi Reader and Big Country who will be performing hits from their Steeltown album which was written about Corby.

Popular Scottish band The Bay City Rollers featuring original member Les McKeown are also expected to be popular.

There will also be performances by top tribute acts, The Johnny Cash Roadshow, The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular and Roy Orbison And Friends. For the fourth year local pub owner Bip Wetherell presents his popular Strictly Sixties show, this time featuring Stars In Their Eyes winner Jimmy Jermain as Cliff Richard, and live music from The Telstars and The Rapiers, with all profits going to local charity Prostaid.

Acclaimed British dancers, Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill bring their exciting new company HeadSpaceDance to Corby with their debut show Three & Four Quarters.

Two-time Fringe First winners Analogue present their brand new show Stowaway, the story of a man from India who freezes to death in the wheel arch of a Boeing 777.

For younger audiences, Wriggle Dance return with their sell-out success Once In A Blue Moon, incorporating dance, live music and audience interaction in a magical experience for three to six-year-olds. For ages four to seven, Fevered Sleep bring their unique show Dusk, about a group of creatures nestled in the forest, with furry ears and tails, waiting for someone to arrive.

Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of Room On The Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler flies into The Core for a weekend of performances, for ages three plus. From Michael Morpurgo, writer of the family classic War Horse, comes Private Peaceful, the tale of a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn.

This Christmas, from the author of one of the most well-loved books for children, Dear Zoo, comes a special Christmas treat, Dear Santa, ideal for those aged two to seven.

Corby Amateur Theatrical Society will put on their traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty over the festive period.

For more information, and details of dates, times and prices for all the events, pick up a leaflet, visit the website www.thecorecorby.com, or call the Ticket Line on 01536 470 470.