Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week.
A 25 Years Retrospective of Portrait Photography, Storehouse Gallery, Weedon, until September 30
Stars of film and stage line up alongside figures from politics, business and the arts in this rare chance to see 40 striking works by Donald MacLellan, who will also be on hand, in a series of events during the exhibition’s run, to offer amateur and professional snappers insights into his pioneering approach.
Althorp House, until September 23 on various days
A beautifully thought out new exhibition charts the story of the Spencer family from medieval sheep farmers, through the dynasty of politicians and strong female figures, to the present day. For further information about the exhibition or to check the opening days visit the website.
The Lovely Bones, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, until September 22
Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead. This is a world premiere of the stage adaptation. Broadchurch actress Charlotte Beaumont will play the lead role of Susie.
Jane McDonald, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 14
This is an evening with the singer and her band delivering a knock out production. It will be packed with plenty of music and lots of laughter.
Last Night of the Proms, All Saints Church, Braunston, September 15
The City of Coventry Brass Band will play the Proms’ favourites. Tickets £10, concession £8, from the church or at Braunston Post Office. The price includes interval refreshments. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Entertaining Angels, Rugby Theatre, September 15-22
Following the death of her husband, his wife is enjoying her new-found freedom until things are turned upside-down by the return of her eccentric sister Ruth.
Songs of Praise, Holy Cross Church, Daventry, September 16
The service is one of the events taking place in Daventry District to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It starts at 6pm.
Susie Dent, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, September 18
Susie will be looking at the surprising origin of words that we use every day. Susie will also present a selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from listening in on a group of waiters.
Kinky Boots The Musical, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, September 19-October 6
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
War Horse, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 19-October 6
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a mission to find him and bring him home.