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Mon 15 - Sun 21 January

Rigoletto, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Tues 16 January

A live broadcast of David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. The production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Tickets cost £15.50 (£13.50 for concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Mountain, Oundle Cinema Screening, Oundle, 7:30pm, Wed 17 January

The documentary programme has some incredible films lined up for the 2018 season – these are, special interest features, which rarely come to mainstream cinemas. The 2018 season starts with Mountain – described as ‘One of the most visceral film essays ever made’, it is a sublime journey around the rooftops of the world, showing some of the white-knuckle activities which people undertake on these gentle giants.  Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for under 18s making this affordable for all. The doors and bar open half an hour before each screening and tickets can be purchased online or even at the door, the screening will start at 7:30pm.

Fletton House, Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA

Gin & Jazz evening, The Stag, Maidwell, 8pm – 10:30pm, Sat 20 January

A relaxed evening at The Stag where you can enjoy over 20 gins and live jazz music; there’s food to order as well so you won’t go hungry. No tickets needed so you can turn up last minute without a worry.

Harborough Road, Maidwell, Northants, NN6 9JA

Sleeping Beauty, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Wed 17 – Sun 21 January

Enjoy a traditional family pantomime directed by Steve Lack and Spencer Hawkes by the Wellingborough Pantomime Society. With music, dancing and comedy to tell the well-known story of the princess who was cursed by the bad fairy to prick her finger and die but in true pantomime style the good fairies overrule the spell giving a wonderful happy ending.

It’s a fun evening out for the whole family and with a local cast, spectacular costumes and scenery, this a a show worth watching.

Tickets cost £16 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Privies, Abington Park Museum, Thurs 18 January

Abington Park Museum starts their 2018 Over 60s events with Privies. Take a global look at how toilets began, the development of the British Privy, methods of disposal and development of the toilet as we know it today with help of guest speaker Chris Bazeley. Tickets are £2.50 and include refreshments. You can book online or by calling 01604 838110. The talk takes place from 10:30am – 11:30am.

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave South, Northampton NN1 5LW

Another Look Back at Northamptonshire, Abington Park Museum, Sat 20 January

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a new selection of archive film including a further look behind the scenes at Northampton General Hospital and footage of the construction of Pitsford Reservoir around 1956. Tickets cost £6 per person and can be booked online or by calling 01604 838110.

Abington Park Museum, Park Ave South, Northampton NN1 5LW

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