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This Week, 17th – 23rd March

17 March 2014 Charlie Kenber

Five interesting things to do this week

This week’s selection is sure to pique your fancy. From early English comedy to moving cinema and portraits of cultural icons, there’s something for everyone!

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014
What to expect: artistically and politically important cinema

This week sees the return of the film festival that focuses on the stories of personal sacrifice that lie behind the headlines. Run by Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, the festival chooses its programme both based on artistic merit as well as the film’s insight into human rights issues. The festival takes place at numerous cinemas across London, and has plenty to choose from, so it’s well worth a look-in.

The festival runs from 18th – 28th March, at Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Ritzy Brixton and the Barbican. Further information and full listings available here.

Hampstead’s Village People
What to expect:
striking portraits of remarkable people

The beautiful Fenton House in Hampstead plays host to thirty photographs of the area’s cultural icons. Some of London’s most notable artistic and intellectual figures have called Hampstead their home over the years: from Keats and Constable to Helena Bonham Carter and Ricky Gervais. This heritage is celebrated in the intriguing range of photographs, displayed in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

Check out our interview with Joe Watson about the exhibition here!

Hampstead’s Village People: Portraits of Cultural Icons is on display at Fenton House from Saturday 1st March until Saturday 29th June 2014. It is open Weds-Sun, with admission starting at £3. Further information available here.

Fatal Attraction
What to expect: a classic thriller brought to the stage

You saw the film, now it’s time for the play! Reinterpreted by original screen writer James Dearden, the story of obsession and revenge, directed by the remarkable Trevor Nunn is sure to be a cracker. Plus, with Natascha McElhone, Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis on board, there really is no excuse not to head down to the Theatre Royal Haymarket!

Fatal Attraction runs until 21st June at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tickets from £22.50, available here.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle
What to expect: riotous hilarity in a unique setting

The second productions at the brand new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse does not disappoint. The play is the perfect contrast to the macabre The Duchess of Malfi: at once hilarious, madcap and charming, the show was the first production in England to feature a play-within-a-play. Enjoy Francis Beaumont’s experimental comedy in the beautiful surroundings of the wooden, candlelit Playhouse – but move quickly, as it closes next week!

The Knight of the Burning Pestle runs until 30th March at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Tickets from £10, available here.

Rwanda In Photographs: Death Then, Life Now
What to expect: portraits of a country rediscovering itself

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide is widely known as one of the most horrific episodes of mass killing in recent memory. Uniquely, this free exhibition explores just how far the country has moved on since, and investigates life during a period of such profound change. Bringing together the work of Rwandan photographers, the displays juxtapose intimate images of everyday life with memories of the events of the 1990s.

The exhibition is on at the Inigo Rooms in Somerset House East Wing. Admission is free, and it’s open from 12.00 – 18.00, or until 20.00 on Thursdays. Further information available here.

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