Theatre round up: Our guide to theatre in and around Northamptonshire

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara
Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara

Our quick guide to some of the events coming at theatres in the region.

Screaming Blue Murder
The Core at Corby Cube, April 28
Making a return to the venue will be three top comedians out to make the audience laugh. Alan Francis, Harriet Kemsley and Dan Nightingale will be the headline acts for the comedy night with the entertainment compered by Carly Smallman. The night is for over 16s only.
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Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

Remembering Fred
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, April 28
There are not many tickets left for this show remembering Fred Astaire. Strictly favourite Aljaz Skorjanec steps into his shoes alongside his fiancee Janette Manrara, another pro from the show. Such is demand, a new date has been added for April next year.
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Comedy at The Ark
The Ark, Midsummer Meadow, Northampton, April 26
Archie Maddocks and Lauren Pattinson will be the first to bring their 2017 Edinburgh shows to Northampton. Expect plenty of laughs from both comedians who will be warming up for the fringe festival. Tickets cost £4 online or £5 on the door. or visit

Patrick Monahan
Kettering Arts Centre, April 29
That 80’s Show is the sequel to Patrick’s hit 2015 show The Disco Years. Patrick talks about his personal experience of the 80s. From moving with his parents from Iran to the UK to starting school without any English to discrimination, no subject is untouchable to Patrick.

Dirty Dancing
Milton Keynes Theatre, April 24-29
Have the time of your life when this popular musical makes a return to Milton Keynes Theatre next week. Based on the film of the same name, nobody will want to put Baby in the corner after watching this show complete with some of the most memorable tracks and, of course, the famous lift.
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Chris Kamara and Charlie Nicholas

Chris Kamara and Charlie Nicholas

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, April 25 to 29
Her name was Lola. She was a showgirl and so begins her journey in this musical. Based around the songs of the legendary musician Barry Manilow, expect more glitz, glamour and sequins than in a West End show and all at a fraction of the price.
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Shakespearience Corby
The Core at Corby Cube. April 23
A creative, inspiring and interactive festival that has been developed, delivered and created by local young people, Shakespearience Corby takes over The Core for the day offering fun and exciting ways to engage with Shakespeare.
There are sessions starting at 11am and 1pm.
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Stuart Goldsmith
Royal & Derngate, Northampton, May 5.
Fresh from appearances on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled on Dave, Stuart Goldsmith returns . He has performed a month long run of packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, this new hour of funny material isn’t all about being a parent.
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Chris Kamara and Charlie Nicholas
The Deco, Northampton, April 28
It’s absolutely unbelieveable but the Sky Sports Soccer Saturday team of Chris Kamara and Charlie Nicholas visit Northampton. They will both be talking about their careers both before and after retiring from playing the beautiful game.
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The Ladyboys of Bangkok.
The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, May 2
A show that is hotter, sexier and funnier than ever, one of the top touring cabaret shows returns to the UK stage. The lavish new production Who Runs the World comes to Kettering as part of a nationwide tour and expect lots of covers.
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