The first film night this month will be on Sunday 18th May and is the second of our National Theatre recorded screenings. We will be showing Shakespeare's "King Lear", in which an aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. ("Tell me, my daughters... Which of you shall we say doth love us most?"). His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. This production is a modern-militaristic revival of the play, directed by Sam Mendes. The title role in the tragedy is played by Simon Russell Beale, whose performance has been described as "magnetic and unorthodox". As this is a long play, we will have an earlier start time of 6.30 pm (doors open at 6 pm).
On Saturday, 31st May at 7.30 pm we will show "Philomena", based on the true story of a mother's 50 year search for her son, taken from her by nuns at the age of three and sold for adoption. Journalist Martin Sixsmith arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. This is a heartbreaking story (so come armed with plenty of tissues!) but it is also very humorous. Judi Dench is brilliant as Philomena, while Steve Coogan (best known for his role as Alan Partridge) gives a crisp and dry performance as Sixsmith. Apart from the laughter and tears combination, there's also an element of suspense. Will Philomena find her son? What has his life been like? Does he know about his mother and will he want to see her?
Tickets for both films will be on sale at Kings Stores from the beginning of May and via the website, www.wegottickets.com. Ticket prices are £10 for "King Lear" and £4 for "Philomena" (£5 on the door).
New Buckenham Arts
Coming to New Buckenham Village Hall on Monday 26 May at 7.30 is a rare treat for the Spring Bank Holiday, when COWARDS IN THE WINGS – the critically acclaimed show now on its second tour – plays in the village for one night only! This musical celebration of the songs of the great Noel Coward includes many of his lesser known songs, with the fabulous Annette Jude at the piano in the company of John Knowles.
It stars Helen McDermott (‘The Anglia TV Legend’) as you will never have seen her before, as a brilliant comedienne and singer, and Adrian Wright, who carries her make-up case and sells the ice-creams.
You can read more about the show, and see excerpts, and its stars, at www.mustclosesaturday.co.uk
Tickets are available from KING’S STORES / or telephone: 01953 861150