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