Jan 19 2011 Harrow Observer
This spring you will be spoiled for choice with the array of shows and films at Harrow Arts Centre, whether it is something for the family or a night out with friends. TARA BRADY offers a round-up of the breadth of entertainment to look forward to
THE new season at the venue in Hatch End includes the arts centre's first co-production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, with support from the Royal Shakespeare Company, English Touring Theatre and Arts Council England.
Running between March 8 and 16, this is a physically charged production for both new audiences and anyone already familiar with Shakespeare's great, bloody tragedy.
Harrow Arts Centre, which is licensed for civil ceremonies, is also putting on its first Wedding Fair on Saturday, February 12, where brides and grooms-to-be can find out about how to make their big day go with a swing.
It is also getting geared up to host some of the best on the comedy circuit including stand-up and TV comic Sean Hughes on February 26, with his new show, Ducks and Other Mistakes I've Made.
Sean has returned to his first love of stand-up with his no-holdsbarred, quick-fire wit, which shapes each performance into a unique experience.
Upfront Comedy arrives on February 25 with an award-winning line-up headed by Don Curtis Walker.
Multicultural Harrow will be celebrated with a performance of musical drama Renya, The Cobbler's Daughter, on February 13.
This love story of pathos and humour tells the true story of Irene (Renya), a 17-year-old Belgian who has a wartime romance with a soldier in the British Army.
The stars of Channel 4's The Family, who run the Matribhoomi Theatre Company, have done it again with another hilarious play about the perils of online dating with a wedding twist called My Perfect Desi Bride, which hits the stage on February 27.
And if all that is not enough to keep you busy, why not take yourself on the rollercoaster life journey of civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson which is retold in the play, Call Mr Robeson on March 2.
This powerful show highlights how his activism caused him to be disowned and branded a traitor to his country.
Those who love going to the flicks will be spoiled with a great selection of films from art house cinema to golden oldies such as Gone with the Wind.
Concerts include Abba tribute concert show Abba Magic: Thank You For the Music on March 26, Steve Glen and the Steve Glen Band on March 27, and Airplay, a night for unsigned bands, rocks out once again on April 15.
Not to leave out the little ones, who can be kept entertained with a selection of family shows full of magical stories, music and puppetry, including The Very Noisy Night, Scarecrow, and films such as Toy Story 3.
Jo Sanders, Harrow Arts Centre manager, said: "Spring is the time to get out and try something new.
"For the cost of taking your family on the Tube to central London you could come and enjoy a new production of Macbeth, co-produced for the first time by Harrow Arts Centre. So why not try something different this spring and see what Harrow Arts Centre has to offer." **Details of the full programme are available at www.harrowarts.com and you can book your tickets either online or by calling the box office on 020 8416 8989.