Peterborough used to have a very impressive teatre in the form of the 'Emabssy'. Despite the efforts of Ken Dodd it closed. The building still exists, but is now filled with bars for chavs.
The development corportaion in a stunning piece of forward thinking, considered that the 'Key' was enough for Peterborough's cultural needs. At less than 400 seats, some would argue it was ample in the cultural desert that Peterborough is. It was always too small to attract the big name performers and shows.
Things have improved in the last few years with the creation of the 'Broadway theatre' (it stands on the road of the same name). It was formed out of the old multi-screen Odeon cinema that closed down when the multiplex was opened at Fengate.
It is a fine venue, and whilst Sourbuggers loves to visit to remind himself of teenage fumblings in the back row, you might be able to catch a good show.
There is a mix of professional productions, pantomine at Christmas (he's behind you !), comedians on tours and tribute acts ('The Karpenters - I ask you, how sad is that ?)
I'd just like to say if you are coming to Peterborough at the weekend it is sad to say that it suffers from the same problem as most UK town centres. They are taken over by youngsters (primarily) who appear to all be competing to drink as much alcohol and act in the most anti social manner possible. Evenings in the city are times for the decent folk to head to the villages for a quite evening.
Dress Code: Anything goes, as long as you've lost the ability to walk unaided or speak coherently.
Nice little theatre (never had a bad seat and have visited many times). There are a number of shows which visit from comedy, through amateur dramatics, agatha christie type dramas, musicals and even opera. You would have to visti the peterborough tourist information or scan the local press to find out what is on. Alternatively details can be found at their website.
Dress Code: Very informal, I have attended in a suit equally I've turned up in jeans and a t-shirt. It's a little local theatre not the palladium.
Quo Vadis was another great club that I went to many times during my 4 month visit to the U.K. The music was fun (mix of hip hop, Top 40, and 70s music). The dance floor was never empty and the women were hot. The club was two floors and there were several bars so there was rarely a long wait to get your drink on. Drinks were a little pricey, but nothing unbearable. Taxis usually line up out front at closing time so no need to worry about driving drunk.
Dress Code: They typically did not accept jeans or sneakers. Collared shirts were the norm, but some people managed to get in with sweaters or casual shirts with V-necks and such. Women wore pretty much what they wanted, but most were dressed very nice (heels and dresses).