The Best of October
Pick of the Month

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl featuring Sheridan Smith comes to various cinema screens across the region from the 24th October.

Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Opera fans are spoilt for choice this month with a host of cinema screenings across the region with productions from the New York Met: Aida, Samson & Delila and Fanciulla del West; from Glyndebourne: Der Rosenkavalier; from the Australian Opera: La Boheme, and the Royal Opera House: Die Walkure plus a performance by internationally renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Ballet fans are less well catered for with the Royal Ballet's Mayerling the only screening but there is also a rare (to Tunbridge Wells) live performance of Swan Lake at the Assembly Hall on the 17th.

If you prefer your classical music live then October sees the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival which brings world class musicians to Tunbridge Wells. For 2018 there are concerts by Twilight, a brilliant vocal group, and Frisson (flute, viola and harp) at King Charles on the 5th and 12th, pianist Freddie Kampff is performing with the RTW Symphony Orchestra at the Assembly Hall on the 7th, violinist Jane Gordon joins CODA at Rose Hill on the 14th and composer Jessica Kelly (from around these parts) tells us 'How to be a composer' on the 21st.

The Assembly Hall has a strong run of tribute / revival acts during October with acts covering The Carpenters, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Queen, ELO, Abba and 10cc. In addition there are over 60 'popular' music events (with more to come) around the region including Cliff Richard (on screen, of course, from the 12th), Oxjam raising funds for Oxfam at the Sussex Arms on the 19th and 20th and of course the usual mix of rising bands and local talent at the Forum plus the Bluetones, but that's sold out!

If you enjoyed September's Beer Weekend, you'll enjoy the return of the Spa Valley Railways Beer and Cider Festival from the 19th to 21st,  with over 200 to choose from you're spoilt for choice!

Finally, October sees the run up to Guy Fawkes Night with key firework events at the Hop Farm on the 26th and 27th with Rusthall's famous Torchlight Parade, Bonfire and Fireworks also on the 27th. Fireworks at Dunorlan and Pembury are in November.

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