Stars of comedy come out at The Key

Chris Ramsey and Rob Beckett
Chris Ramsey and Rob Beckett
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Best known an PC Tony Stamp in TV’s long-running police dramaThe Bill, Graham Cole features in a bittersweet comedy at the start of the Key Theatre’s autumn season next month.

Cole stars opposite Diane Keen (Julia Parsons in the long-running BBC soap Doctors) in the one-act You’re Never Too Old ( September 14-16) which examines relationships, loneliness and humanity.

Sticking with drama, there is the welcome the return of Rumpus Theatre for a classic whodunit with Father Brown - The Curse Of The Invisible Man ( September 25 and 26).

Following the fantastic rendition of Macbeth in the Spring, Tara Arts return along with Cathy Tyson in She Called Me Mother ( October 22-23). Finally, a classic play acted as a radio play takes to the Key stage, It’s a Wonderful Life ( October 26-27).

For families, don’t miss out on My Pet Monster and Me (October 11) from the producers of Hugless Douglas. Plus the timeless classic of everyone’s favourite Viking Noggin the Nog ( October 29-30).

Then get into the Christmas spirit with the Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness ( November 15).

The Key’s Stage on Screen season always proves popular with fantastic, critically acclaimed ballet, opera and fantastic drama performances including Romeo and Juliet – ballet ( September 27),

The Importance of Being Earnest (October 14) starring David Suchet and Shakespeare’s Hamlet (October 15 and 22) starring film and TV heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical ( October 28), is a brand new comedy musical created from scratch every night with suggestions from the audience. Plus earlier in the day The Fantastical Story Factory for children and families. Whether it’s Primark in Peru or the lion enclosure in London Zoo, your imagination will take you anywhere.

Comedy continues to go from strength to strength in the autumn with solo tours from TV names such as Rob Beckett ( September 27), Jimeoin ( October 16) and Chris Ramsey ( November 1). Also, the regular Friday Night Comedy takes place each month with some of the best names on the touring circuit.

Don’t miss out on this season’s spoken word evenings.

October is packed with quality, hosting funny man and former Goody Tim Brooke Taylor ( October 10), John Challis returns for Only Fools and Boycie (October 16) telling tales and anecdotes about his time on the BBC smash hit comedy and settle in for An Evening with Des O’Connor ( October 31) as he celebrates his successful career in show business. Finally, spend an intimate evening in the company of one of Britain’s most multi-talented entertainers Mike Harding (November 8).

Music is one of the most popular attractions to the Key Theatre and with acts such as Matt Ford’s Kings of Swing (September 17), The Irish House Party ( October 8) and legendary singer Donovan (October 20) you can see why.

Also booked are some of the best tribute acts around including Only One Direction (September 12), Jackson Live ( September 18), Waterloo ( October 9) and Whitney – Queen of the Night ( October 25).

With tickets already selling fast, you’ll have to book up quickly for this Autumn’s ballet offerings. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House return with The Nutcracker (October 24) but this year they are putting on two performances due to such high demand. Then, having inspired Disney’s Frozen, Ballet Theatre UK presents The Snow Queen ( November 14).

The Autumn Season wouldn’t be the same without the host of community productions treading the boards proving Peterborough has talent.

Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society begin with Abigail’s Party (Tues 8 – Sat 12 September), The Peterborough Playgoers present The Ghost Train ( September 16-19) and Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society put on the classic G & S The Pirates of Penzance ( September21-24).

November sees Mask’s rendition of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest ( November 4-7), Peterborough Opera return with their Opera Gala (November 13) then finally, Peterborough Scouters return with their ever-popular Peterborough Gang Show ( November 17-21).

To book tickets or to find out more about the summer season, call the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239 or go online vivacity-peterborough.com/keytheatre