Things to do this week
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
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.
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
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
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.