What’s On With The Times -20th of July 2016

Richard III

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>> Wednesday
If cabaret is your scene then pop along to Scallywags cafe, which is hosting an Open Mic night from 8pm. Starring Champagne Charlie and Tom Carradine, these events are always a fun way to spend an evening. Tickets cost £5 on the door. For more information visit: www.scallywagcafe.co.uk

Laurie Anderson, the American performance artist and musician, has directed Heart of a Dog, showing at Trinity Theatre at 8pm. In this celluloid exploration of her feelings after the death of her singer/songwriter husband Lou Reed, her mother and beloved dog Lolabelle, we discover a poignant piece of autobiographical cinema. Anderson also examines life in New York City after 9/11. To book tickets visit: www.trinitytheatre.net

In association with The Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival, Curtis Stigers will be performing tonight at the Assembly Hall. The respected singer and saxophonist, who had major hits in the 1990s including You’re All That Matters To Me and I Wonder Why, will be on stage from 7.30pm. For further details visit: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Curtis Stigers

>> Thursday
The Tall Tales, Tiny Tavern exhibition is now in full swing at the Tunbridge Wells Museum. It is an interesting artistic collaboration between a local writer and artist using a doll’s house and its furniture as the creative ingredients for each different tale.

Get in the summertime swing of things by going along to the ever popular Jazz on The Pantiles this evening from 7.30pm, where Unit 7 will be taking to the bandstand.


If your children are already on their school holidays then why not let them stay up late tonight in order to participate in the High Weald Partnership’s Beautiful Bats walk at Dunorlan. The free event starts at 8.45pm from the Halls Hole Road entrance to the park and booking is essential. Visit: www.khwp.org.uk

>> Friday
Angela Cartwright and Frances Clayden will be taking to the skies dressed in Superwoman costumes at 5.30pm in order to raise money for the Pembury-based charity Pepenbury. The duo will be flying off from Headcorn Airfield and doing a Wing Walk so the charity can buy a new minibus. If you want to support the ladies then you can do so by going to the Virgin Money Just Giving Friends of Pepenbury page or by emailing thefriendsofpepenbury@gmail.com

At 6.30pm The Spa Hotel’s open air cinema will be screening the classic 80s’ film Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Visitors can also enjoy a hog roast and drinks from a pop-up bar. Tickets cost £12 per person and can be booked at www.spahotel.co.uk

The Legend of Tarzan

This weekend The Legend of Tarzan comes to the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood with open-air screenings every evening at 9.30pm until Monday. Tickets cost £25 per car or £20 if you book in advance. To do so visit: www.moonlightcinema.com

>> Saturday
Treat your tastebuds to some delicious delights at the Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market, which runs until 2pm today outside the Town Hall and showcases some fantastic seasonal and local products.

Showfields and Ramslye Summer Fayre and Fun Day takes place from 12-3pm at Rowan Tree Walk. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon of music, face painting, a bouncy castle and competitions with great prizes to be won.

The Soul Train steams into town tonight so if you’re a fan of funky tunes and 60s and 70s grooves then make sure you’re boogying the night away on The Pantiles from 7.30pm.

Funny Money starts its week-long run at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge today. It’s a classic, fast-paced farce written by the king of this theatrical genre Ray Cooney, and will have audiences giggling all the way through. For tickets and further information visit: www.oasttheatre.com


>> Sunday
Head to Trinity if you would like to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of uplifting comedy. Tomfoolery, a one-man show by pantomime pro Tom Swift, is full of amusing rants, recollections and clever magic tricks that will brighten up a sleepy Sunday instantly.

At 3pm and 7.30pm The Dance Consortium will be putting on two special nostalgia performances at The Assembly Hall in order to celebrate their 30th anniversary. If you want to go along and enjoy the various dance routines put on by this local group you can book tickets by calling: 01732 359684.

>> Monday
The Tunbridge Wells Ukulele group meets every Monday at the Cross Keys pub. If you play the instrument or just enjoy listening to it then pop along at 8pm.

At 7.30pm Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance will be streamed into the Uckfield Picture House. This is the film director’s first foray into opera and the results are most impressive. Book tickets to avoid disappointment: www.picturehouseuckfield.com

Money Monster is showing at Trinity tonight. Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell it’s a fast-moving, powerful film which sees Clooney’s character – a TV presenter and Wall Street whizzkid – and his production team taken hostage live on air.

>> Tuesday
Grosvenor & Hilbert Park is hosting Around The World in a Day. This drop-in event, which is located in the park’s new Hub, features facts, figures and activities from all over the globe including Africa, Europe and America.

The Cross Keys’ weekly pub quiz runs from 8-10pm and costs £2 per person to enter.

Learning To Drive

Trinity will be showing the movie Learning To Drive, in which Patricia Clarkson plays Wendy, a woman who is devastated after husband leaves her. In order to be more independent she starts taking driving lessons from an immigrant named Darwan, who is played by Ben Kingsley. The story centres around the relationship the pair strike up as they both help each other through a tricky stage of life.


Richard III

Richard III
Thursday July 21

The Almeida theatre in London launches its first foray into live streaming on Thursday evening with its production of Richard III. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as the bitter Queen Margaret, this classic piece of theatre will be screened via the internet in both the Odeon in Tunbridge Wells and The Kino cinema in Hawkhurst.

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