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Mon 22 - Sun 30 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


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. 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: King Lear, Castle Theatre, Thu 27 Sep

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’(Independent) of King Lear at Castle Theatre on Thu 27 Sep, 7pm. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA
EVENT: Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair, Wed 26 – Thurs 27 Sep

For the 3rdyear running the fair will be raising funds for Child Bereavement UK, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford and Macmillan, Northampton. There are over 65 stall holders from all over the country attending the fair for the two days selling a huge array of items from clothes, homewares, gifts, food, toys, gardening accessories, personalised stationary, jewellery and much more.  There is a £5 entry fee, raffle, refreshments and food available.

Whittlebury Park, Nr. Towcester, NN12 8WP


MUSIC: T. Rextasy, Castle Theatre, Fri 28 Sep

Accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management, T.Rextasy have been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. They have been performing all over the world for more than 25 years, a career that ironically out-lives Marc’s very own T.Rex.

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


ART: Sculpt the Torso in Clay, Yardley Arts, Sat 29 – Sun 30 Sep
An intensive 2-day clay workshop where tuition from Sara Myers will be given throughout. The main purpose is to model a torso from life looking at the anatomy. There will be some short demonstrations/talks about how to build an armature, sizing down, and handling clay.

Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall, The Square, Yardley Hastings, NN7 1EU



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.

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