Things to do this weekend
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Mar 19
THEATRE: Abigail’s Party, Royal & Derngate, now until 9 Mar
Made famous by Alison Steadman in the 1970s, Mike Leigh’s ground-breaking comedy classic, Abigail’s Party, arrives at the Royal & Derngate from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 March, with Jodie Prenger heading up the cast. One of Britain’s most celebrated comedies, it sees Beverly and her husband Laurence throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences. We bagged a ticket for the first night and squirmed through a couple of scenes, purely because we recognised them from dinner parties we’ve been to. Get yourself a long, we think you’ll recognise them too!
FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Mar
Northampton Filmhouse have announced a huge list of upcoming films throughout March. With the likes of Mary Poppins Returns, Singin’ in the Rain and some Tom Burton classics- they have something going on for everyone. Grab your popcorn and pick n mix and get ready for a fun filled evening.
The Hidden Garden, Blacks Design, throughout Mar
Philippa Jeffrey’s latest series of contemporary paintings will be exhibited in Brackley, hosted by Black Designs. Black Designs work with UK based artists who have a story to tell and Philippa’s exhibition will run for two months.
FOOD: Les Olives, throughout Mar
In need of a girly night out with some friends? Aren’t we all, and what better than cocktails, wine and delicious tapas? The Spanish restaurant and bar offers a wide range of menus to cater everyone’s needs- including much loves tapas. Eat and drink the night away at Les Olives this March.
MOTHERS DAY: Afternoon Tea at Delapre Abbey, throughout Mar
Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? Treat your mum (and yourself) this March to an afternoon tea with the beautiful scenery of Delapre Abbey. Only costing £14.95, this is an ideal gift if you are looking to spend some more quality time with your mum. Why not get the whole family together and make it a big celebration?
THEATRE: The Remains Of The Day, Royal & Derngate, now until Sat 16 Mar
A deeply atmospheric drama about time and memory, loneliness and longing, The Remains of the Day depicts the morally-compromised truth behind a world of manicured gardens, formal dinners and grand houses. As the fires rage through England during and after the Second World War, we get an intimate glimpse into one man’s half-lived life, realised too late.
FAMILY: Family Storytelling, Canons Ashby, Sat 9 Mar
This beautiful national trust location is putting on a family storytelling event this March. Bring the kids along and listen to the guest storyteller from Usborne Books at Home. The event is focused towards children of 7 and under and there will be an opportunity to purchase some new or second hand books at the end of the event! Why not have a wonder around Canons Ashby and end with some fun family stories sure to keep the kids entertained.
FILM: The Greatest Showman Fundraising Event, Cineworld, Sun 10 Mar
The greatest film of all time (excuse the pun) returns this March with a one off showing at Cineworld! iDiD Adventure is hosting the fundraising event and has made it baby and autistic friendly meaning no one is left out. Go along and sing your heart out whilst also raising money for a local group – why not get all the family involved? Tickets are available to buy online.
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, Fri 1 Feb – Sun 14 July
This exhibition’s focus is on how the Thames and its tributaries influenced William Morris’ work. He had a rural retreat in Oxon and enjoyed angling and boating and the influence of the river can been seen in his textiles and designs. Pieces have been collated from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery and the British Library to make this exhibition possible and it also delves into Morris personal life and his politics, so you get a sense of the man as well as his iconic work.
THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat Feb 2 – Sat May 11
Not the recent fabulous TV series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun July 14
This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.