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Mon 17 - Sun 23 September

FILM: Northampton Filmhouse, throughout Sep and Oct

Brilliant new independent films this season include the thought provoking drama The Wife, Anton Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The classics offering includes a selection of films celebrating Black History Month in the UK this October. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera. They’ve also announced a new series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network – one for the not so little Mudlets!

Northampton Filmhouse, off Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UD

 

THEATRE: The Lovely Bones, Royal & Derngate, from now – Sep 22

Haunting, beautiful and surprisingly funny, this is two hours of your evening VERY well spent. Maybe pack some tissues though… Muddy review here, still time to get tickets & I promise you, these performances are worth it!

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

 

EXHIBITION: Siblings Cannot Agree, The Heseltine Gallery, Mon 17 – Sat 29 Sep
An exhibition of self-portraits and portraits by brother and sister, Nick Trench and Cally Trench. They are both artisits and this is their second exhibition together. The title of the exhibition, and the work shown, reflects a seldom-acknowledged phenomenon: that brothers and sisters can have a shared background, family and upbringing and yet end up with very different outlooks, visions and ways of doing things. Free entry and free parking available.
Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2QR
THEATRE: Kinky Boots, Royal & Derngate, Wed 19 Sep – Sun 6 Oct
Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots comes home to Northampton, the very place that the story is about. Don’t miss the “freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade” (The Hollywood News) as it embarks on its first ever UK tour.With music by Cyndi Lauper, it’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP
FESTIVAL: Nene Valley Festival, Wed 19 – Sun 27 Sep
The festival presents an eclectic programme of outdoor family events, guided tours, water pursuits, concerts, cycle rides, local walks, foodie events and much more! Featuring over 50 events at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquillity and new experiences.
THEATRE: Snow White and the Seven Ugly Blighters! Castle Theatre, Fri 21 Sep

Panto cheeky chappy Dickey fancies Snow White, but she won’t let him have his way because he isn’t a prince! With rude, crude, fun and frolics included, Dickey enrols in Prince School in a bid to get his girl! Add some horrible dwarfs, an ugly old evil queen, and a couple of scantily dressed girls for no reason, this is the adult panto that everyone’s talking about! This one’s strictly for adults.

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

 

FURTHER AFIELD:

ART: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4

The V&A Museum will explore more than 200 personal objects that belonged to Frida Kahlo, one of the most recognised and significant artists and women of the 20th century, fashioned her identity. The Mexican artist’s belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. From her ‘Ebony’ eyebrow pencil and beautifully embroidered clothes to a painted prosthetic leg, this exhibition is fascinating to say the least.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

FESTIVAL: Chilterns Heritage Festival, Sat 22 Sep – Sat 6 Oct

In case you didn’t know, you either live in or very close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No, not Aylesbury rather the gorgeous Chilterns and for the first time there’s a festival to celebrate the diverse heritage of our region. The Chiltern Society has organised 25 special events which include an Iron Age weekend at Wendover Woods (where families will have the opportunity to meet the Iron Age inhabitants of Boddington Hillfort, and help them with their everyday jobs like grinding grain, making butter and cooking stew), pop-up cinema screenings at the National History Museum in Tring and the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe, a Roald Dahl guided trail and afternoon tea in Great Missenden, an afternoon at the Wormsley Estate owned by the famous Getty family and history walks around some of the area’s market towns including Berkhamsted and High Wycombe. That little lot should keep you busy. If you’ve always meant to visit some local attractions but never got round to it now’s your chance.

chilternsociety.org.uk

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