That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler Friday, February 27th

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Great film news this week that the best actor Oscar has been awarded to Eddie Redmayne for his moving portrayal of Prof. Stephen Hawking in the recent movie The Theory of Everything.

Best film award went to Birdman, not such a worthy winner as Boyhood, according to the likes of Mark Kermode, but as I have not seen Birdman yet I could not possibly comment! What I DO know is those film buffs who have not yet seen Mike Leigh’s highly acclaimed film Mr. Turner 12A, (virtually ignored at the Baftas and Oscars) will have two chances coming up soon. A showing will be given at Lynn Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 10 starting at 2.30pm (tickets £5) as part of King’s Lynn Festival winter season. Timothy Spall gives a top performance as the eccentric painter of genius, in the last 25 years of his life. At least Mike Leigh, who wrote and directed the film, did get a special Bafta award this year.

On Tuesday, March 10, at 7.30pm, Lynn Arts Centre is the venue for a talk Living on the Edge: Architecture in Antarctica, given by Hugh Broughton, a leading designer of polar research facilities. This is also part of King’s Lynn Festival and we are fortunate in West Norfolk to have talks and lectures , held frequently, to appreciate and enjoy; here are details of two more coming up soon:

As part of the Pleasant Sunday Afternoons series of talks at Marriott’s Warehouse, Carol and David Savage are giving a talk on The Tudors and Italian Renaissance Art on March 15. This should be fascinating, especially for those who enjoyed the recent TV programme about Hans Holbein and want to find out more on the subject and period. The talk starts at 3pm on the top floor of Marriott’s Warehouse. Booking is not necessary and admission is free. Donations accepted, however!

The other lecture is presented by Lynn Town Guides and given by local historian Dr. Paul Richards. The subject of this annual Diana Bullock Memorial Lecture is The Medieval Wash Ports and the Hanseatic League. Wednesday, March 25 is the date, 7.30pm the time, and Lynn’s historic town hall, the venue. For tickets at £7.50, (including a glass of wine), call on 01553 776632 or Lynn’s TIC 01553 763044.

A circus visit was mentioned last week and now Circus Mondao is in town! Roll up to Knights Hill Farm Shop, Grimston Road, Lynn from now up to Sunday, March 8 and enjoy the show. There are plenty of performances and for all the details call 07722 791 777 or visit www.circusmondao.co.uk

For circus fans the fun does not stop there. The famous Moscow State Circus presents “Park Gorkogo” or Gorky Park to you and me! We are promised all sorts of exciting Russian entertainment of the circus variety when the company comes to Lynn’s Corn Exchange between Thursday and Saturday, March 12-14. Call the box office on 01553 764864 for tickets or visit www.moscowstatecircus.com for more information.

A spring salon opens its doors at The Minster Vicarage, King’s Lynn, on Sunday, March 8, at 3pm with spring music, tea and cakes! The musical entertainment is by the Cambridge University Flute Choir, the Minster Kazoo Quartet, and Jan Moore soprano. What a combination.If further details are required call the Minster Office on 01553 767090.

Lastly a reminder of a quiz night at South Wootton Village Hall next Friday, March 6, at 7.30pm (call 01553 761890, for details or to register), and a Family Affair Soul Weekend at Searle’s Golf and Country Club from Friday, March 6 until the Sunday (March 9). Visit the resort’s website for details, or phone 01485 536010. It’s all happening in West Norfolk!