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    King Lear

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    SEVEN DAYS OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

    >> Wednesday
    The Philomel Singers meet every Wednesday at 2pm in the rehearsal room of Tonbridge Parish Church, performing under the baton of Director of Music Tim Daniell. The choir is currently preparing for its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday December 3 and there are vacancies for both tenors and altos. If you would like to go along, please call Sheila Burrow on 01732 351 651.

    There will be a live transmission of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear at Trinity Theatre. Antony Sher reprises the eponymous role in what is regarded as Shakespeare’s most epic of plays. For those not familiar with the story, it sees the ruling but ageing King Lear deciding to break up his kingdom and divide it up for his children. But he misjudges their love and loyalty and finds himself alone in the wilderness wondering how he got to this beleaguered point in his life.

    The Odeon cinema, Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks and Kino in Hawkhurst will also be streaming this live from 7pm. Trinity tickets cost from £17. To book visit www.trinitytheatre.net

    >> Thursday
    From 7.30pm, the Schubert Ensemble will be playing at King Charles the Martyr Church. The audience will be treated to a series of piano quintets by Bruch and Schumann. Tickets cost from £5. To book visit www.ticketsource.co.uk

    For music of a different kind, pop along to Trinity to witness the fiery Flamenco Express. Featuring the talented trio Alejandro Molinero, La Joaquina and Antonio ‘El Pola’, it promises to be a wonderful evening of sizzling Spanish dance and music. Tickets are priced from £16.

    >> Friday
    To mark harvest time, the Tunbridge Wells Museum is hosting a suitably themed craft hour for pre-schoolers this morning from 10.30am. The free event also includes storytelling sessions for children aged two to five years old. There will be two additional slots tomorrow, from 10am-12noon and 2-4pm.

    The Look Good Feel Better charity ball takes place at Salomons from 7.30pm this evening. The dress code for this event is ‘black tie and sparkling glamour’, and guests will have the opportunity to bid in a special auction in order to raise funds for this cancer charity. The top prize is a week’s holiday in Cyprus, so if you want to do a good turn and have the chance to win a luxury break then email lgfbcharityball@hotmail.com and buy some tickets, which are priced at £60 per person.

    Dr Faustus

    Christopher Marlowe’s classic literary work Dr Faustus is being staged at Trinity this evening. But instead of the usual theatrical interpretation using actors to tell the story of the play’s themes of greatness and greed, Theatrical Niche’s production also uses puppets and circus skills to tell this morbid tale.

    Feeding Box

    >> Saturday
    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park continue their series of free nature-inspired activities with a Bat, Bird and Bug Box Building session. The Kent High Weald Partnership will be on hand from 10.30am until 1.30pm to show children aged six and upwards how to make their own nesting boxes to encourage wildlife into their gardens.
    Murder Most Foul is today’s Billie Hurst Memorial Lecture, which takes place at the Toc H Hall, Little Mount Sion at 1.30pm. Hosted by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), these lectures take place every month and are given by experts on a number of cultural topics. Tickets cost £15 on the door or £12 in advance. For more information, email weatwells@gmail.com

    The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir performs an Autumn Concert from 7.30pm at St Peter’s Upper Church in Pembury. Their show, which will include a variety of classic, folk and spiritual music, aims to raise funds for the church’s new community room. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling 01892 824 327.

    >> Sunday
    The Pantiles Market is on today, so make sure you go along if you need to stock up on any seasonal treats, specialist ingredients or exotic oils and condiments. It runs all day until 4pm.

    The Creatives @ Tunbridge Wells Group art exhibition continues all this week at Trinity’s art gallery. Fifteen of the collective’s artists have their work on display and the event is free to attend. Open from 10am to 10pm, you can drop in on your lunch break or when visiting the theatre.

    London Wall

    If you’re stuck for what to do on an autumnal evening, how about visiting the Oast Theatre’s current production in Tonbridge? London Wall was penned by John Van Druten in 1931 and examines the romantic entanglements of a group of workers in a solicitor’s office. It’s a wry and fast moving piece of theatre. There is an additional matinee at 3pm today, otherwise showings are at 8pm until October 22. Tickets cost £10 each or £7 for members.

    >> Monday
    The Tonbridge Folk Club meets from 8pm at Ye Olde Chequers Inn on the High Street. Daria Kulesh will be the main act, but as usual all singers and musicians are more than welcome to come along to perform.

    Mozart’s famous opera Così fan tutte will be screened live from the Royal Opera House to the Odeon cinema at 6.30pm. The story starts when cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso decides to overturn the perfect and predictable lives of two men, Ferrando and Guglielmo, by challenging them to woo one another’s partners to see if they’ll cheat on them. As Alfonso throws even more implausible challenges at the men, what unfolds is an amusing and witty tale of love, temptation, loyalty and self-discovery. www.odeon.co.uk

    >> Tuesday
    Trinity Theatre starts its week-long run of the 1940s’ classic Arsenic And Old Lace this evening. Directed by Helen Thorpe, it’s the comedic tale of two old ladies who have got into a new hobby: Murder! Set in Brooklyn, the ageing aunts start killing off lonely old men and burying them in their basement, but their ‘fun’ is brought to a halt when their nephew, Mortimer, discovers what they’re up to… Tickets from £13. Matinees are Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm.

    You can still catch a screening of the dark comedy War Dogs at the Moonlight Drive-in cinema at the Hop Farm. Starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, it’s the true story of two men in their early 20s who get into bidding on US military contracts during the first Iraq war. When the pair get in over their heads with a particularly shady series of deals, the action really kicks off… Tickets cost £25 per car and are available from www.moonlightcinema.co.uk

    PICK OF THE WEEK:
    Josh Widdicombe
    The Assembly Hall
    Thursday October 13

    Josh Widdicombe

    Star of Channel 4’s The Last Leg and the BBC’s Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, Josh Widdicombe performs at the Assembly Hall on Thursday from 7.30pm. You may also know him from the acclaimed sports show Fighting Talk on Radio 5 Live every Saturday morning. What Do I Do Now… is the title of his latest tour, which focuses on all the things that annoy and frustrate the curly-haired comedian.

    Tickets are priced £18 and are available from www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk