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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 4-10 Aug 2016

Yes, it’s been a bit rainy so far this week, but that’s no reason to stay home.  Get on out there for a good time.  There’s plenty to keep the kids hoppin’ in the Muddy Herts Summer Hols Survival Guide, so here are some grown-up jollies to enjoy…

Roxy Searle, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 5 Aug, 8pm


Roxy Searle is back at Hitchin’s Radcliffe this week — and there’ll be lots of people very pleased to here that.  With that in mind, you’ll be wanting to book if you fancy dinner while she sings.

Open Air Cinema: Spectre, Dirty Dancing & Notting Hill, Knebworth House, 5-7 Aug, 8.45pm (doors 7pm)

dirty dancing

Something rather lovely about cinema in the open air, and Knebworth House makes a fairl spectacular backdrop. Take your pick from three movies this week — but don’t let anyone get you carrying watermelons, ok?

Richard III: Almeida Live Encore, Hertford Theatre, 9 Aug, 7pm

richard III

Ralph Fiennes.  Doing Shakespeare.  Ok, I’m just going to sit here for a minute and enjoy that thought.  *sigh*   Seriously, though, this one looks fantastic — and not just because of the ravishing Ralph.  Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret?  Brilliant casting.   And if you can’t make it to Hertford on the 9th — or even if you can — it’s on again at Watford Palace Theatre on 13 Aug.

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now… Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, 10 Aug, 8pm

josh widdicombe

How does Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, manage to look so flippin’ young even though he seems to have been around for ages?  He’s been on TV loads recently — and on the radio — and now he’s back on the stand-up circuit with a brand-new show.  Check it out?

An Evening with Philippa Gregory, St Clement Danes School, Chorleywood, 9 Aug, 7pm

phillippa gregory

Philippa Gregory is one of those authors who manages to combine just the right amount of detail with some cracking storylines — and she has legions of enthusiastic readers.  Her latest offering — Three Sisters, Three Queens — and one of her Tudor Court novels has sisters Katherine of Aragon, Margaret (married to James IV of Scotland) and their younger sister Mary who steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband and then is widowed herself.  And these three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.  It’s going to be gripping…

Romeo & Juliet: Delayed Live from the Garrick, Watford Palace Theatre, 7 Aug, 7pm

romeo and juleit

This production by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has provoked all sorts of reactions — with its young leads stunning everyone with just how flippin’ beautiful they both are, and Sir Derek Jacobi taking to the stage as, er, ‘young’ Mercutio.  Not my favourite Shakespeare (I know, how unromantic of me) but I do fancy seeing this one.

Cambridge Thai Festival, Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, 6-7 Aug, 10am – 7pm

thai festival

A teensy bit random, perhaps, but then, why not? Two days full of everything Thai, right in the centre of Cambridge.  Taste Thai food, experience Thai traditional dance, enter the ‘I’m British, get me out here’ eating competition, or watch the Miss Thailand of Great Britain (is that even a thing?) competition.  Live cooking, blindfold boxing, fortune telling, and, er, a ladyboy show.

William Egglestone Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 23 Oct

william egglestone

★★★★★ Evening Standard     ★★★★★ Time Out     ★★★★★ Guardian

The London papers can’t hand out the stars fast enough for this exhibition.  100 of Eggleston’s works, covering his career from the ’60s to the present day — and an unprecedented display of his portraits.  I love the colour in his work, and I’m determined to go see this one some day soon.  (Wanna come?)  As well as his trademark colour photography, there’s also a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white prints from the 1960s.

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