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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 3-9 Nov 2016

2 Nov 2016

Loads going on this week, whether you’re after a seasonal feast, a musical journey, a theatrical experience or a man in a dress.  Enjoy, lovelies!

Seasonal Game Feast, The Fox, Willian, 3 Nov, 7pm


If you’re feeling adventurous this week, head down to The Fox for a hearty game feast. It’s a three course whopper, with a game and pigeon terrine for starters, red wine mallard for the main event, followed by sea buckthorn curd and cinnamon shortbread. A feast fit for a Muddy Queen!

Cinema Screening: The Great Beauty, Hermitage Road Bar & Restaurant, Hitchin, 6 Nov, 7.30pm


Okay so if game’s not your thing, how about a lovely Italian evening at Hermitage Road? They’re screening the multi-award winning The Great Beauty (or la grande bellezza if you want to be all authentic), a modern subtitled Italian comedy-drama about an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? The ticket includes a lovely pint of Peroni Nastro Azzurro or a Peroni cocktail (I’m so there). And if that’s not enough, there will be antipasti. ‘Nuff said.

Ben Smith, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 4 Nov, 8pm


We’ve pretty much got it covered this week – even if I do say so myself! The Radcliffe are welcoming back the wonderfully talented guitarist Ben Smith. Have a nice bite to eat (you will definitely need to book for this one), and enjoy as Ben Smith sings the night away. live-music-ben-smith-4th-november

Circus of Horrors: The Never-Ending Nightmare, Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 3 Nov, 7.45pm


Hertford Theatre are hosting the latest incarnation of The Circus of Horrors this week, as it celebrates its 21st anniversary. How about a dose of The Never-Ending Nightmare to spice up your Thursday night? The production is an incredible blend of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts, all mashed into an Alice in Horrorland type story. And apparently Simon Cowell ‘loved it,’ and we all know how fussy he is…  Not suitable for those of a, er, nervous disposition.

CHROMA: From Jewish Life, The Greene Room at the Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 6 Nov, 7pm


Chroma never fail to impress, and I’m very intrigued by this latest offering. Join them for an evening celebrating music influenced by the Jewish soul. Music will include Ravel’s Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, Bloch’s From Jewish Life and Steve Reich’s incredible New York Counterpoint for amplified clarinet and tape.  (Tape..??)

A Tale of Trees, The Battle to Save Britain’s Ancient Woodland, David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, 8 Nov, 7:30pm


Who’d have thought that the story of Britain’s trees was filled with tragedy and heroism, ingenuity and… er… blindness?  Well, it is.  And nature writer Derek Niemann, who’s in Letchworth next week, is just the man to tell you all about it.  He’ll be at David’s Bookshop, talking about his book — and it’s bound to be an interesting evening for nature-loving folk.

Angelos & Barry: The New Power Generation, Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 4 Nov, 8pm


So this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but Georgie here at Muddy Herts HQ loves Angelos Epithemiou. She reckons he was brilliant on Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer – although I have no idea how he manages to keep a straight face! If you fancy having a right old laugh at some very silly comedy, then head to Hertford to catch this show. Think Londis, Crimewatch and whether or not you can claim benefits in space. Hmm…

Jamie Raven, Watford Colosseum, Watford, 9 Nov, 7.30pm


Remember Jamie Raven from Britain’s Got Talent? He’s one of the most viewed magicians in the world, with over 100 million views on his videos from BGT. I just wish I could know the secrets behind all his tricks. Prepare to be wowed!

An Evening with Martina Cole, Chorleywood Memorial Hall, 8 Nov, 7.30pm


Chorleywood Bookshop get all the corkers! This time its Martina Cole, speaking about her brand-new novel Betrayal. She is one formidable lady. And her novels are ever so chilling. This one’s all about survival and knowing who (or who not) to trust. And it’s the ones closest to you that you must keep a close eye on. Oo-er. evening-martina-cole

How to Date a Feminist, Watford Palace, Watford, 4 & 5 Nov, 8pm (+ Sat mat 2.30pm)


This looks totally hilarious and a little bit different to stuff that I’ve seen going on recently. So Kate likes a bit of a bad boy — don’t we all?  However, this new production has a little twist, with the potential to reinvent 21st century romance. When Kate meets Steve, a feminist, can the two of them come to some sort of relationship compromise? Can these two very different people make it work? /how-to-date-a-feminist

An Elephant In The Garden, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 9 Nov, 7pm


Love Michael Morpurgo. This is an adorable adaptation of the heart-warming tale of Lizzie, her mother, and an elephant from the zoo, fleeing the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. They meet countless people along the way, but Marlene, the elephant, is the real heroine. Embodying the stubbornness of the human will, she plods along, indestructible and opportunistic, illustrating that drive to do everything to survive.

Grayson Perry: Typical Man in a Dress, London Palladium, 3 Nov, 8pm


If you fancy heading into town this week, then join Grayson Perry for an intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes. Don’t you just love him?! He’ll be talking about masculinity – what is it, and what can it become? Is it even a thing anymore? Join Mr Perry to find out what he thinks.


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