Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week.
Murder on the Orient Express, Nether Heyford Village Hall, September 20
When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. Kenneth Branagh stars and direct the latest re-telling of Agatha Christie’s most famous novel.
Entertaining Angels, Rugby Theatre, September 20-22
Following the death of her vicar husband, his wife is enjoying her new-found freedom until things are turned upside-down by the return of her eccentric sister Ruth.
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.
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 plays the lead role of Susie.
Kinky Boots The Musical, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, until 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, until 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.
Funhouse Comedy, Bugbrooke St Michael’s Football Club, September 22
Larry Dean will be headlining the comedy night. He has been crowned Scottish Comedian of the Year. Sean Heydon will be bringing a mix of comedy and magic. Peter Brush will appear with Carly Smallman as the compere.
The Hundred-Foot Journey, Kilsby Village Hall, September 22
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Helen Mirren stars in the film.
Bowls Open Day, Daventry Eagles Indoor Bowls Club, Browns Road, September 23 and 29
Entry is free, all equipment will be provided and there is a bar and restaurant. The event runs from 10am to 3pm.
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Cycle4Cynthia, Althorp House, September 23
Get on your bike for charity at this year’s Cycle4Cynthia. Starting at 9am you can choose from a five mile route, 25 mile route or 50 mile route. Saints, England and world champion rugby player Harry Mallinder will be opening the bike ride this year. Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families.
www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk or 01604 973340.