ARNOLD BENNETT 150th Anniversary events April 06 2017

Presentations and Screenings celebrating our greatest Writer

1st May, Wedgwood Institute 1.30pm Federation? Call the Potteries "Burslem"!

2-4th May, Stoke Rep 7.30pm "Jock-on-the-Go" Bennett adaptation by Peter Terson

3rd May, Film Theatre 7.45pm Bennett in the Jazz Age - 1920s London

9th May, Burslem Old Town Hall Bennett and Burslem - Ray Johnson

10th May, Film Theatre Film "Piccadilly" (1929) - screenplay by Bennett, Live Piano

26th May, New Vic Theatre  "Anna of the Five Towns" adapted by Deborah McAndrew

27th May, City Cultural Quarter Unveiling of Arnold Bennett Statue, 12 noon

8th-10th June, Emma Bridgewater Factory Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival

14th July, Middleport Pottery 7pm "Arnold and Marguerite" Bill Ridgway play

21st September, 7.30 "Play it Again, Mr Bennett!" concert - Penkhull Festival

Feb-July 2017 Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Arnold Bennett Exhibition

Free Screenings - Spring Season 2017 December 02 2016



WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre - enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street.


Wed 26th April           7.45pm


Movies of the Year. Stoke Cine & Video Society members present a selection of their recent work.


Wed 3rd May            7.45pm

Arnold Bennett 150th – BENNETT AND THE JAZZ AGE - 1920s LONDON

Lots of archive films of the Jazz Age in London: the start of BBC Radio, The Charleston phenomenon, The Flying Scotsman London to Edinburgh, West End shows and a review of Arnold Bennett's career as writer, critic, journalist and screenwriter in the final decade of his life.


Wed 10th May            7.45pm

Arnold Bennett 150th – PICCADILLY (1929) - with Live Piano Accompaniment

One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, Piccadilly is a sumptuous show business melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension – with an original screenplay by Arnold Bennett. Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho – an exotic dancer who uses her wiles with the night club manager to advance from kitchen dishwasher to become the toast of London, but disaster awaits. Hollywood star Gilda Grey is a vengeful star dancer displaced by Shosho and Charles Laughton makes his impressive screen debut in a cameo role.

A stylish evocation of Jazz Age London, with dazzlingly fluid cinematography and scenes ranging from the opulent West End to the seediness of Limehouse. Beautifully restored by the BFI complete with vivid original tinting in sepia, blue and magenta for key scenes.

The screening will be accompanied on live piano with a original score by Ashley Thompson.

Prior to to the showing of the film, which will be introduced by John Shapcott, John's new publication of Bennett's original scenario and novel of Piccadilly will be launched. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Wed 17th May            6.00-9.00pm

ARRIVE 17 - This year's 1st & 2nd Year Film students' final films.


Wed 24th May            6.00-9.00pm

The Film Production Courses Degree Show