Your cul­ture fir

A very spe­cial birth­day party, an Os­car-buz­zwor­thy film and a zinger of a play fea­ture in this month’s cul­tural picks

Red - - Culture - Edited by CYAN TURAN

FILM

THE WIFE

As the old ax­iom goes, be­hind ev­ery great man is a great (or, in this case, an even greater) woman. The Wife – about No­bel Prize-win­ning au­thor Joe Castle­man and his wife, Joan, played by Glenn Close – makes an art form of this tru­ism with its as­ton­ish­ing de­pic­tion of the sim­mer­ing per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ten­sions be­tween a long-mar­ried cou­ple. Adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, the film cap­tures the con­se­quences of over­look­ing women with in­tel­li­gence and depth. Catch it early – there’s al­ready Os­car buzz around Close’s crack­ling turn.

In cin­e­mas na­tion­wide from 28th Septem­ber

THEATRE

ANTONY AND CLEOPA­TRA, OLIVIER THEATRE, LON­DON Ralph Fi­ennes and So­phie Okonedo play Shake­speare’s sec­ond-most-fa­mous ill-fated lovers in this star-packed pro­duc­tion. New ruler Mark Antony is in charge of a war-torn em­pire, but when he falls in love with the Egyp­tian Queen Cleopa­tra, he’s torn be­tween de­vo­tion and duty. His ob­ses­sion be­comes a cat­a­lyst for war. This zinger of a play is sure to sell out, but if you miss it or can’t get to Lon­don, Na­tional Theatre Live will broad­cast it on 6th De­cem­ber.

From 18th Septem­ber un­til 19th Jan­uary. To book, visit na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk

TV

MOTHER’S DAY, BBC ONE

Yes, there’s Bake Off, yes, there’s Strictly. Heck, Lord Sugar’s even back for the 6,385th se­ries of

The Ap­pren­tice. But amid the hec­tic au­tumn TV sched­ule we’ll also be mak­ing room for

Mother’s Day. The fac­tual drama about the af­ter­math of the March 1993 War­ring­ton bomb­ings stars Anna Maxwell Martin and Vicky Mcclure as two women liv­ing on op­po­site sides of the Ir­ish Sea. Maxwell Martin plays a griev­ing mother and Mcclure is Su­san Mchugh who, an­gered by the loss of young life, or­gan­ised one of the largest peace ral­lies in Ir­ish his­tory.

Mother’s Day airs this month on BBC Two

EVENT

RED’S 20TH BIRTH­DAY PARTY, LON­DON Happy birth­day to us! Yes, can you be­lieve it’s been 20 years since the first is­sue of Red? And what a 20 years it’s been. We’ll be cel­e­brat­ing with a glam­orous soirée packed with Red staff and celebri­ties – and you’re in­vited. Fifty ex­clu­sive tick­ets have been re­served es­pe­cially for read­ers, so join us for fizz, canapés, ap­pear­ances by Red cover stars and what we’re sure will be some ques­tion­able dance moves. Plus, each guest will re­ceive an ex­clu­sive goodie bag. We can’t wait to cel­e­brate with you!

Tues­day 18th Septem­ber, 10-11 Carl­ton House Ter­race, Lon­don. Visit smart­women week.co.uk for tick­ets

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