The National Archives in Kew, in conjunction with King’s College London, are co-hosting an exhibition telling the story of Shakespeare’s life through the paper trail he left behind. The exhibition shows the key moments in his life 400 years ago – from the birth of the Globe theatre to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon. The archivists have used research, scientific analysis and digital technology to look at what these documents tell us about the world’s most famous playwright.
Until 29 May. Venue: Somerset House, Strand.
In Conversation with Samantha Bond – 16 March
Local resident, Samantha Bond, will be supporting local Richmond Park charity, The Holly Lodge Centre, by talking about her life over a fundraising lunch.
Seen most recently as Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, Samantha is also known for many Shakespearean roles, including Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth. She played Miss Moneypenny in four 007 Bond films.
Tickets for In Conversation With Samantha Bond are £45 and include a Prosecco reception and three course sit-down lunch. There will also be several select stalls selling clothing and gifts.
The Holly Lodge Centre offers hands-on experience of Richmond Park through its Education Programme, particularly for those with special needs.
For tickets, contact the centre on 020 8940 8730.
Show your art!
Richmond’s art collectors are being invited to exhibit their artwork at Orleans House Gallery. It will be an opportunity for private collectors to share the pieces they love and give others a glimpse of their work. On display will be historical and contemporary paintings by both well known and amateur artists, with a range of styles and subjects. Cllr Meena Bond, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Art & Culture, says: ‘I urge as many art collectors as possible to get involved.’ Starting in June, this will be the last exhibition held at the Gallery before it closes for refurbishment. So, if you’ve got your own Mona Lisa on the wall and would like others to enjoy looking at it, call the gallery for more information on how to take part: 020 8831 6000