New Season: What’s on at The Castle this autumn

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DANCE, music, comedy and theatre come to The Lighthouse in Kettering this autumn, coming to a close with an all-star celebrity Pantomime.

Here are some of the best bits...

COMEDY

COMIC Jim Davidson starts off the laughs at the theatre this autumn as he brings his show The Legend! to the stage on Friday, September 12.

The night of stand-up is recommended for adults only.

Then on Friday, October 12 Live @ the Lighthouse - Comedy Night returns with five top UK comedians.

These include: Keith Farnan, seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mick Ferry, a regular at the Comedy Store appearing on Live At The Comedy Store, Ivan Brackenbury, the inept hospital radio DJ is the creation of Tom Binns, complete with bungled cues and inappropriate songs, Chris Martin, who has performed on Dave’s One Night, and Matt Reed, compere for the evening, has appeared on Live At The Comedy Store.

Then on Sunday, October 28, Kevin Bloody Wilson brings his unique brand of Aussie humour with COP-U-LATER Tour.

The tour will showcase the best of the little bloke’s 20 plus albums. He will be accompanied by Australia’s Jenny Talia.

DANCE

A BALLET classic comes to Kettering on Friday, October 12 when Sleeping Beauty is brought to the stage by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

With music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa, this famous ballet dates back to 1958.

Then jumping forward in the ages, Starlight Dance brings Revolution to the stage on Saturday, October 27, for a “poptastic” journey through the ages.

There’s more local dancing talent on the stage on Sunday, November 11 when Popcorn is presented by the Nene Valley Dance Academy, with songs inspired by the movies.

Nothing But The Beat arrives on Friday, November 16 when the Beat Project Dance Company showcase dancers from the age of four up to 25.

And on Saturday, October 6 Celtic Dream presents a myriad of dance, vocals and glittering costumes.

MUSICALS

A SERIES of classic musicals come to the theatre this season starting off with family favourite The Sound of Music, presented by Kettering & District Theatrical Society from Tuesday, September 25 to Saturday, September 29.

One of the most popular movies and musicals of all time. The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the trap Family Singers and is set in 1930’s Austria.

Then on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 Starlight Dance perform their first ever musical Fame!

MUSIC

THERE’S a diverse line-up of musical acts this season with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band of Brassed Off fame starting things off on Sunday, September 30.

The real stars of the hit movie, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band are celebrating the 15th anniversary of this classic film and the concerts will reflect this with popular tracks from the movie.

Having won almost every brass band accolade, these musicians have a highly acclaimed international reputation with numerous recordings to their credit.

Then on Saturday, October 20, the Blacklight Sinfonia, an up and coming new wave rock band from Northamptonshire, celebrate the release of their debut mini album Absence and Ecstasy with a special one off concert accompanied by the Northamptonshire County String Sinfonia, the 40 piece string ensemble, set up by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

On Thursday, October 4 The Ian McMillan Orchestra help audiences to celebrate national poetry day, providing a night of poems, music, comedy & improv.

A Musical Salute, provides an evening of music and dance featuring Kettering Camerata, with local performers and soloists coming together to all raise funds and show support for Help for Heroes on Saturday, November 10.

And on Saturday, November 17 Boobs & Brass with The Fodens Band, a unique brass band consisting of all female musicians who raise funds for charity, will be raising money for The Breast Cancer Campaign.

DRAMA

SOME young talent present a fairy tale favourite from Wednesday, October 31 to Saturday, November 3 when Kettering Youth Theatre Group perform Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.

Then on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15 The Rivals by Richard Sheridan lets audiences spend a day in the life of a circle of socialites swooping in on the fashionable city of Bath.

Richard Sheridan’s first and most famous play is packed with some of the most extraordinary comic characters ever to grace the stage.

CHRISTMAS

A star cast, including stage veteran Darren Day and his wife actress Stephanie Dooley, take to the stage for The Lighthouse Theatres’s Christmas Pantomime Peter Pan.

This Christmas Hammond Productions bring a high-energy pantomime version of the traditional pantomime Peter Pan from Saturday, December 8 to Sunday, December 30, inspired by J.M.Barrie’s classic story.

TV and West End star Darren Day will star as notorious pirate Captain Hook with children’s favourite Rollo as fun-loving pirate Smee.

Featuring vibrant sets, sumptuous costumes, an ultra-violet spectacular,

Peter Pan tells the timeless tale of the boy who never grew up.